I’m in the business of helping people find their dream jobs. We like to say that we do three things at Living for Monday:
1) Change our clients’ mindsets
2) Give our clients a toolset
3) Open up new possibilities in the job set
And we do all of those with the intent of helping clients pursue passion and purpose in their personal and professional lives.
Now, as you might imagine, one of the easiest objections to this concept of passion and purpose at work is money. “Yeah, but you have to live in your car and eat ramen to be passionate about your work.” Or,”I don’t want to take a lower paying job.”
Well, I’ve got two things to say in return.
First, I would challenge naysayers to consider the units by which our life should be measured. Money provides for our needs, but beyond that it mostly contributes to materialism and clutter. Wealth of spirit, attitude, experience, and giving is what passion and purpose bring to our lives. (This is not to say that monetary wealth is bad, but that’s for another day.)
And second, the practical finance and accounting major in me feels the need to appeal on a purely monetary level as well. I would make the argument (and I intend to prove or disprove this theory over time) that finding passion and purpose in our work significantly increases our earning potential over the long term.
Why? Because energy, innovation, leadership, and growth come from passion and purpose. And you know what else? Energy, innovation, leadership, and growth have tremendous value in the market place.
So whether you like the feel-good aspect, or you’re more of a rational, analytical kind of person, I posit there is much to be gained from living a life of passion and purpose.
What do you think? What objections come to mind when considering the possibility of finding passion in your work? Have you seen passion lead to higher earning potential? Let me know in the comments!