In this episode of Work / Life, Ciara Pressler, founder and author of Pregame and game scheduletalks to Greg Nibler about finding passion in the work you do. She takes a look at the positive and negative aspects of passion in our work and how we can incorporate these passions into a healthy life.
Pursuing a career in something you are passionate about is a relatively new and somewhat American phenomenon. Many believe that simply enjoying your work and working with people you like may not be enough, and sometimes there is pressure to find more. “The feeling that you have to feel 1
How do you address that? First, says Pressler, we have to find out where the passion comes from. “Passion arises from enjoying what you are doing and being present. So you don’t have to feel great all the time to feel moments of passion. “Passion is an energizing flow rather than a lasting emotion. It can come from learning new things or improving things that you are already good at. It can also come from your surroundings. “Working with people I love to be with creates a sense of passion for my work because I develop good feelings for my team, which leads to passion,” she says. “When you’re looking for work, you don’t necessarily have to know that you will have a passion for it every day. It is something that you can develop over time in the career that you choose or in the job that you currently have. “
If you are a person who wants to find more passion in their work, Pressler has some tips. “Experiment. Be curious. Follow that curiosity,” she says. “What would you like to know more about?” Talk to people in positions you are interested in on the career path you are wondering about or return to school to pursue something else. Find people with experience to unlock that. “It’s never been easier to start a part-time job,” she says. “You can always try to do something on the side to to test the water. “
Finally, Pressler notes that “passion can be a privilege”, especially in economically uncertain times. Not everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passion, and it’s important to consider things like salaries, benefits, and job security. Finally Pressler says: “With this certainty, you can also pursue more things for which you have a passion.”