Posts Tagged passion

What’s your Passion?

Posted by on Tuesday, 7 January, 2014

What's Your PassionBeing a generalist digital marketer, I get told frequently that I need to specialize. I consider it, but my passions include learning, helping others, and discovering new things. Not conducive to a narrow-focused marketing career. I can say this because I know and understand my passions, but how can you discover what’s your passion?

Luckily, Jag Randhawa has written the Bright Idea Box. It’s a book about employee engagement and innovation that’s being released later this month, and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone leading a team or organization. As well as some great ideas and examples for engagement, Randhawa includes a brilliant exercise for discovering your passions and ambitions. It’s not central to his book, so I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing it here.

Step One – Take a piece of paper and divide the paper into three equal parts using two lines.
Step Two – Name three individuals, dead or alive, whom you admire the most. These individuals do not have to be related to your work. Write down these names in three separate columns on the paper.
Step Three – For each name, in each column, write three or more qualities you admire in these individuals. These should be qualities, not attributes like money, fame, or title.
Step Four – Analyze the overlaps in qualities among these people. Highlight the similarities, including those that might influence or cultivate the related qualities.

The overlapping qualities you highlights are also your own personal qualities. To recognize readily traits in others, you must share a deep interest in those traits. These qualities may not be as developed in you, but recognizing your interest in these qualities is the first step toward developing them.

Right now, you may not be recognized for those qualities or may not have accomplished as much as your idols, but if you follow your passion and develop these qualities, there is no limit to the amazing feats you can accomplish.

The best career advice I’ve ever heard

Posted by on Saturday, 15 October, 2011

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On Wednesday evening Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst, taught an IABC/Seattle audience the best piece of career advice and a tool to make it actionable.

We’ve all heard the advice to do what you love, but how do you work out exactly what that is? As Curt said, many of us love travel, but all for different reasons. Just accepting a job in travel may not make you happy.

The fist step is to make a list of the things we love (this is where the travel generalization came in).

Next, we asked ourselves why do we love these things and why do we love those ‘whys’. Curt recommended taking this down four levels, but with his clients he takes it as far as it can go.

These final things are what we’re really passionate about – the motivators that really drive us.

Mine came down to ‘new things/experiences’ and ‘making a difference’. Which really translates to me having a short attention-span but using that to constantly improve what needs to be improved. Yes, my weaknesses are also great strengths.

How can this help us in our careers? From this exercise what really motivates us an use it as a measure for any career opportunities. Does the job have the variety and learning opportunities to keep me active, along with the freedom to improve processes or results to make it worthwhile? If not, it’s not a good fit for me long term.

I recommend you do this exercise and discover your passions, motivators and strengths.

Want to learn more? Visit Curt Rosengren’s website for his ebooks and his coaching sessions.
Thanks to Nicole Allard for her notes on the session. Photography is mine. Even the photo of Nicole’s notes.