Yesterday, I had drinks with my friend Konstantin at KF13 – he’s a freelance designer. Juxtapose this with me — I work at a large media company where I help develop social media strategies and online presences. Cool job right? I think so! For those of you, like me, who work in a large corporation, what makes us so envious of small businesses and freelancers? Is it the flex hours? Is it the freedom? Is it aura of seeming unlimited success and potential?
Do you like your job? Do you love it? What about your company and coworkers?
What it boils down to is passion. The store owner and the freelancer have a passion for what they do and sell. As an employee, in no way does that mean that you’re not entitled to this! Sure you can argue that since school we have been pressured to stop being curious, but no one said you had do listened to the teacher.
I’m really happy to be doing what I am and the company I do it for is great – they give me a lot of freedom.
The freelance way is not for everyone, so take a look at what you do — do you like it or don’t you? If you don’t, can you incorporate your passion or can you develop it to ultimately only work on that? If you do, then what could you do to make it better? If you can’t answer that, try recording yourself like in an interview and ask basic questions – why do I work here? What do I bring to the table and what have I accomplished? Who do I look up to? Where do I see myself in the future? How can I contribute more?
4 things you could do right now to re-ignite the passion in you:
- The Steve Jobs thing – In his Stanford Commencement Address a few years back, Steve Jobs explains how, each morning he asks himself “if this were the last thing I did, would I still do it?” If the answer is “no” too many days in a row, it’s time for a change. Is it time for change in your life?
- Think about what makes you happy – a good book, time with loved ones, a certain industry, being on the road. How can you integrate that in your life?
- Work-back schedule – where do you want to be 5 years from now? How do you get there?
- Just do it! Don’t wait for people to OK what you want to do, just go for it!
Think about it, most companies these days are pretty open and are willing to work with employees to help them be more productive — sit down with your boss and look at flex hours or even working from home once in a while. If that will increase your productivity, they’ll be more often than not very happy to work with you.
What are you doing to ignite your passion?
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