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Working your passion

Have you ever watched Star Trek shows or movies? There was The Original Series (TOS), The Next Generation (TNG), Deep Space Nine (DS9) and Voyager (VOY). I don’t consider Enterprise (ENT) to be part of the actual Star Trek ‘mythos’, namely because it deviates so much from all the history that was created by all the other Star Trek shows, movies and books. ENT is an ‘alternative history’ as far as I’m concerned.

Most of the characters in Star Trek have one thing in common. They are working their passion. They don’t get paid for what they do. There’s no reward for their jobs other than the personal satisfaction of a job well done, of doing something worthwhile and valuable.

Each and every one of them are working their passion, doing what they love the most.

None of them take days off, get bored, whinge about their job or workmates, or sue their employers for whatever reason. They are all excited to be doing what they’re doing, and get up every morning wondering what new adventure they’ll be part of today.

How many of us are working in an industry we’re passionate about? How many of us are doing something that we love doing? If you stopped being paid for your job, would you continue working it? That’s the true sign of whether or not you’re working your passion – would you continue doing it if you weren’t being paid for it.

I’m lucky in that I am working in an industry I’m passionate about. I get up in the morning, happy to go to work. I enjoy what i do, and even the variety that comes my way. And when I come home at night, I relax by doing exactly the same thing I was doing at work – playing with the computer. I rarely call it working, and instead call it playing. I play on my computer. It just so happens that what I play with is what other people consider to be ‘work’.

When you love what you’re doing, you’ll never think it’s work either. It’s your passion.

So how do you discover what your passion is? The answer is really simple. If you didn’t need money, and all your needs were satisfied, what would you be doing? What would occupy your time? What would you get up in the morning for, excited about the new day? What would drive you and excite you?

If you can work out what that is, you’ve worked out what your passion is.

Now all you need to do is work out how you can find a job doing what you’re passionate about. When you do that, you’ll be happier than you ever thought you could possibly be, working a job that you love.

Do what you love, and love what you do.

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