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Why Passion is the Key to Productivity and Success

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Passion is the Key to Success

“So, you seem smart and capable. And you clearly want to succeed, right?”
“Oh, yes, I definitely do.”
“Good. And are you passion about this type of work?”
“Uh, yeah, I guess?”

If that’s your genuine response to the question of passion, then you aren’t in the right career.
Being good at something can sustain you for a while. Being hardworking can sometimes sustain you even longer.

But there is no substitute for genuinely loving what you do.

Ask yourself – would you do it for free?

If you had all the money in the world, would you still be in your job?

For most of us, the answer is a resounding “HELL no.”

For me, when I was living the cubicle life, my answer contained vastly more expletives than that.

Now, as a struggling blogger, I might have no money, but I love what I do. I love it. Even when I have patches of low traffic numbers, I keep writing. The topics I write about excite me so much that when I was at the desk job, I stayed up late blogging almost every night. Now, I blog constantly.

That’s the sort of passion that startup success is made of. That’s the kind of stuff that nourishes long term career progression and satisfaction.

Passion = motivation = productivity

It’s really not rocket science. If you have passion for whatever you do, you’ll sustain long term motivation. You’ll be energized to work hard. Getting out of bed in the morning will be less of a struggle.

You won’t have to fake anything. You’ll want to work late. Your enthusiasm will be infectious. It’ll rub off on your employees or coworkers. You’ll light the whole place up. It’ll be a ripple effect of passion, radiating out from you.

Passion is contagious.

Passion makes the bad days worth it

All jobs, even the best ones, involve uninspiring tasks. Even in your dream job, there’s going to be boring bits. There’s going to be office politics. There’ll be that boss or client or colleague you just don’t click with.

It’s a lot easier to deal with these downsides of working when we are genuinely driven by a deep conviction that what we do is important, relevant and worthy.

You want a career that makes you leap out of bed. A job you can’t shut up about.

A job you love.

Are you passionate about what you do? Does it drive you? Comment and share!


Amber is an avid blogger at From Desk to Dawn for this contribution. From Desk to Dawn is a blog about personal choices, defeating the desk job, lifestyle design and living your dreams. Want to escape the 9 to 5 to write your own story? Check out From Desk to Dawn.

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  1. Laura Trostel

    December 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Great post! I do love what I do. It’s hard work though but I do look forward to it everyday!


  2. Tania

    January 17, 2017 at 7:57 am

    It’s true, you do need passion and commitment to be able to continue with whatever you choose to do.


  3. Jim

    March 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    “Passion is contagious.” So true! Doing what you love is so important to a feeling of fulfillment and wellbeing. Great post!
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  4. Clifford Starks

    July 23, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Yes I am a big believe in following what you are passionate about. It makes the difficult times easier to deal with. Know what you want in life, and take the necessary steps to get it. I hope that you are having a blessed day 🙂


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