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For many in the workforce a job is not who they are but simply what they do. These people's passions lie outside the workplace and for the individuals who fit this description their jobs are little more than a means to an end. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this outlook on life and in some respects it is a more healthy and simple way to live. However if you have chosen to be an entrepreneur or senior executive you'll find it much more difficult to bifurcate your career from the rest of you life. When you sign-up for a senior leadership role with high expectations and numerous responsibilities it is difficult (if not impossible) to just throw the switch into the off position and walk out the door at 5:00pm leaving your work behind. In fact, entrepreneurs and executives with this mentality are likely to be very frustrated individuals who don't live-up to their own expectations or those of others.
If you are an entrepreneur or senior executive and you feel ambivalent, frustrated, unmotivated or trapped in your career it is likely because what you do is not in sink with who you are or the things that are truly important to you. For passion in the workplace to be anything more than a fleeting state of mind you must align your personal goals and interests with what you do for a living. I'm not suggesting that you define who you are by what you do, rather I'm suggesting that if what you do is in balance with your priorities and interests you will be able to be passionate about what you do. I have always believed that for those entrepreneurs and executives who are passionate about what they do their careers are nothing short of a marvelous adventure as opposed to the drudgery of a day-to-day grind.
Do you wake-up each morning and look forward to going to work or do you dread the start of each day wishing you could just stay at home? Why do you do what you do? Do you enjoy what you do or do you feel trapped by what you do? If you lack passion about what you do I would strongly suggest that you go back to the drawing board a reassess your motivations. A great place to start is by reading an earlier blog post I authored entitled: "What Really Matters?"
Mike Myatt serves as the Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer at N2growth, the leading venture growth consultancy in the US. He is also the author and moderator of the N2growth Blog. You can reach Mr. Myatt by Phone: 800-944-GoN2 (4662); E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Online: www.n2growth.com
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