I enjoy seeing and working with people who are passionate about what they do. Their passion and the enthusiasm it creates is contagious.
Passion can be a twin-edged sword however when it’s allowed to overflow into emotional outbursts. You should never use your passion as an excuse for losing control of your emotions. I’ve often heard people apologize by saying, “sorry I got upset and yelled, it’s just that I’m passionate about this.” When passion becomes an excuse it loses its power to make things happen.
But overall, I love passion. When people are passionate about what they do it shows in how they do it. Passionate people are the ones who make a positive difference in the lives of other people. It’s by making that difference that they make the world a better place too.
Passion comes from knowing. Do not expect people to be passionate about the things they know little or nothing about.
That little piece of advice in the last sentence helps keep me from being overly frustrated when working with people who don’t give a darn about their work, their company, their customers or their coworkers.
They have never invested the time required to develop the empathy that comes from knowing other points of view. They have empathy for what they know and they only know themselves.
While it’s frustrating to work with people who don’t care, especially when you do, you can’t make the mistake of allowing their lack of passion to suck the passion out of you.
You will need to “re-dream your dream” from time to time. Consider where your passion originally came from and revisit that place often.
Never lose your passion for what you do and the positive affect it has on people. Remember that when the positive passion goes out the door your positive attitude won’t be far behind.