The Passion Derivative

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The Passion Derivative

I’m willing to bet you aren’t designing the next big thing. Your company probably isn’t being raved about in the news. You might not even care about the product your company sells.

How does that affect your passion in what you do?

Most people’s passion is derived from working on something (or for someone) they’re passionate about. The only problem with that is you’ll always be let down. The product will eventually lose its flair. The company will hit hard times. The boss you’ve always looked up to will take another job.

You’re guaranteed to end up disappointed when your passion is dependent upon the success or prestige of something else.

Of course there’s an alternative: Shift your passion inward.

Seth Godin once wrote,

It’s more important that you be passionate about what you do all day than it is to be passionate about the product that is being sold.

Here’s some free advice; hopefully worth more than the price…

Be the one at your office that other employees talk about. Not because you’re that weird guy who eats candy for lunch and rarely showers. No, please don’t be that guy.

Be the one that’s constantly raising the bar for what service should be. Be the one that takes ownership and isn’t afraid to say, “Here I Am.” Be different. Set the example. Stick out.

Derive your passion from what you do and how you do it. Whether you’re working construction or designing Apple’s next gadget, it takes passion to produce great products, not the other way around.

Photo credit to opensourceway


3 Comments


  1. I know exactly what you mean Tim – it’s already happened at a few jobs for me where the product eventually ships, we get let down, then we’re expected to move on to the next project with the same level of passion and so many of us are thinking “hang on, how can we stay excited if we keep generating this kind of junk?!”

  2. Tim,
    Great post. I teach the Principle that says Purpose + Passion + Process = Payoff. Those that succeed know success is the natural result of consistently doing the right things in the right way at the right time and that pays off.

    Dr. Alan Zimmerman

  3. I love the topic of passion. I think that passion makes the difference from those that achieve greatness and those who don’t.

    Passion is one of the first characteristics I look for even when I hire at work. I want to see passion in something. If that something is related to what we do, that’s even better.

    I also try to set the example by showing my customer service and customer experience passion here:

    http://www.themana.gr/about-themanagr/

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