International Affairs Specialist by day, Blogger Enthusiast by night. This is a sneak peek into my world that should be enjoyed with ample time and a good and very strong cup of java.
I’m always intrigued by bio snippets that highlight an elaborate roadmap of experiences which have gotten the exec to where they are today. Some I think are super-human and obviously haven’t had to deal with the regular daunting tasks like sleep and free-time. :S Others, though I think really deserve what they’ve achieved and their hard work has paid off. I wonder constantly how people stay motivated when faced with such a stagnant economy and have successfully navigated all obstacles that have been presented to them? I only wonder because my own motivation is giving way to frustration and the only thing that I could come up with was, well….Passion!
Passion is so important and yet I don’t think there’s too many people that see it like that. You have to actually love what you’re doing in order for work to be enjoyable, rewarding, make you want to do more, meet more people and voila, the diamond in the rough! Growing up, it was all about how your skills can get you into a career that would eventually lead to grown-up-hood. It’s ironic too that the greatest thinkers never pushed that idea – “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – Einstein. And passion is what I think has lead these people to success, not luck or the people they knew. You can find it from the CEO to the Pulitzer Prize Winner, from the MVP to the PM – all have integrated well their passions into their work, be it a topic, skill or lifestyle, they’ve certainly mastered it!
And it goes beyond academics or careers and into sports – who ever excelled in a sport they hated? If you hate the gym, how the heck will you stay motivated to go? In our relationships – if passion doesn’t exist, it’s a safe bet to say that it won’t last long! Sometimes I think I have too many passions, that balancing them all just get me in to trouble – that is the real challenge. If I can integrate languages with international development, with water sports and the environment, with networking and writing (and many, many more!) – then I’ll have found not only my perfect job, but a lifestyle and career that reflects me and who I am. It may be a difficult task, but one that should be well worth it.