Identifying your passion and making sure that your career aligns with that passion is extremely important. While most people know what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is, I think it is worth mentioning. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that one must first meet their physiological needs, safety, long and belonging, esteem, and then self-actualization to be a completely fulfilled person. I believe that identifying one’s passions, and living them out satiates the needs identified in the “esteem” and “self-actualization” categories of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
To live out your passion is to fill your life with purpose. Have you ever seen someone with purpose? Their eyes shine with a captivating light, their spirits are confident, and their steps steady and sure. An individual with purpose might not always know the answers, but they know what they stand for. Their passion (and thus purpose) acts as a compass that directs their path.
A person who has identified their passion, and acts with purpose, is able to confidently lead. Strong leaders have the ability to lead with these two attributes at the core of who they are. A leader without purpose walks in circles, but a leader with purpose, raises their followers to greatness.
What Do I Know of Passion and Purpose?
Currently, I work for a social media marketing company called MavenSocial. We specialize in identifying social media influence (#influence), social CRM (#SCRM), and social media publishing (#SMPublishing). I absolutely love what I do. If you had asked me when I was younger, what I would have been doing after university, I never would have guessed that I would be working for a social media company (a lawyer or journalist, perhaps?).
While I have worked at MavenSocial, I have found that I have been able to express my creative side, while using my project management and organizational skills to effectively execute tasks. I also work with a plethora of passionate and friendly people who make coming into work exciting and invigorating. Every day I tackle my work with confidence, because my passion drives me to live out my life with the purpose that my passion identified.
Sounds crazy, eh? Loving what you do?
It is possible! It is possible to love what you do every day, you just need to identify what your passion is, and not be afraid to admit that you deserve it! You were born with a series of talents, do not waste or neglect them another day. To not embrace your full potential is to miss out on what life truly has to offer you.
[shameless share] Just today, MavenSocial released a video on Innovation at MavenSocial (yes, I’m in it!). Innovation is a product of passion, and we have tons of it! Check it out!
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