career Finding your passion is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself.  Being productive, hard working, and loyal to your employer is great, but for you to really push past any boundary, real or imagined, you need to find your passion.

Each of us have a passion for something.  Sometimes we subdue that passion, push it into the background because of some more important issue or problem.  When that time passes, do we go back and pick up where we left off?  If you’re like most people, probably not.  Other times we just don’t have the time to explore them in depth to begin with.

The problem for many people is that they get so tied up in being a “good employee” that they forget to think about going after what makes them happy.  Its hard, and it requires thinking about things outside one’s comfort level.  Many times going after your passions requires stepping outside one’s area of expertise.  It could also mean leaving a “sure thing” and putting your future at risk.  All these things combine to make it difficult to say the least.

As you delve into the process of exploring what really makes you tick, take it all into account.  What you enjoyed doing back in high school & college, your hobbies, your family, your job, your career path, your dreams & desires.  Don’t leave one thing out otherwise you’re not going to get to the bottom of what matters most to you.

What I found was radical change after an 18 month process of evaluation of work, values, and employer.  It culminated in a business trip, a tech conference, that really demonstrated what else I could do.  It was an awakening, reminding me that there was more to the technology than just making it work.  What did I find?  That I’m a communicator and a teacher.  That I can redefine what success is.  That my innermost dreams and ambitions are achievable.

An important part of finding your passions is to make them part of your career, or make them your career, period.  By doing this and finding the right balance, you can bring enjoyment to every working day.

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