What are you passionate about?
People ask me all the time, what separates an average candidate from an exceptional candidate? For people in transition, I am commonly asked about factors relating to job search success. I am not sure I fully have an answer, but I found an article that offered a few clues.
9 Things Truly Passionate People Do Differently - by Dr. Travis Bradberry
The list is interesting, but I want to share two sentences from the article that help define the premise:
"Passion is the difference between playing the piano and being a pianist; it’s who you are, not just what you do. Passion makes you leap out of bed in the morning, eager to start your day."
Here is the list:
- Passionate people are obsessed. The author is clear to point out that this is not in the OCD way.
- They don't waste time. The author points out that you won't find these people wandering around a park all afternoon playing Pokemon Go.
- They're optimistic. There is total belief that they will achieve their goal.
- They're early risers. Simply put, they want to get started.
- They're willing to take big risks. They are willing to risk it all.
- They have only one speed - full tilt. They go at this speed until they succeed (or crash).
- They talk about their passions all the time. There is no separation between their passion and who they are.
- They're highly excitable. Note - this is about one or two things . . . . . that they are passionate about.
- They're all about their work. Their work is who they are . . . . . no need to worry about work/life balance (it doesn't need to exist).
There are clues in the full article that help answer the questions often asked of me. That said - may you find (positive) passion in your life!