Passion will send you to the moon

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Professionals undervalue passion.  Passion is everything.  If you genuinely care, pour your heart into your work, and strive for delivering excellent results out of a genuine intrinsic motivation, you will be a rock star.  In my experience, those people that excel at what they do, do so because it is the labour of love.

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Passion is not effort.  Excellent results do not come from working extra hours.  On the other hand, taking pride in your work product, deeply caring about what you do, finding excitement in delivering outstanding results, and genuinely caring about the results will take you to the moon.

By passion I do not mean an extreme emotionalism.  Yes, professionals need to be competent.  Yes, professionals need to have poise.  A lack of integrity is a non-starter.  Without passion though, it is impossible to shine.  ‘A’ players have passion.  They care.  They take pride in what they do and are willing to go to great lengths to deliver excellent results.  Why?  Not because they have a strong work ethic.  No, it’s because they care.  Every job will have it’s annoyances, struggles, and issues, but to excel, you should have true passion for your core responsibilities.

Do you have a genuine passion for what you do?  Do you love getting up and going to work?  If not, why?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jefhendrickson says:

    I was just speaking to Olga about passion a few days ago. She mentioned it during our conversation and it was both surprising and refreshing at the same time. I told her how I feel passion is what drives us and we continued to work it upwards from there. She spoke of your passion, and the book club, and I think that's one of the coolest things I've ever heard that a CEO does.Thank you for writing about it from your position, and for caring enough to show us your labor of love.Best,Jeff

  2. David H. DeWolf says:

    Thanks Jeff. It's hard to sustain those types of initiative, but passion itself tends to weather the storm. How do you tend to see passion displayed in others in a professional setting? Excellence? Hard Work? What else?

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