Bet You Have It Too

Far Away?
Far Away?

Passion.  Bet you have a ton of passion.

Maybe you’re in a job where your passion thrives. Maybe you’re not.

Does passion make for a better worker?

Do you do your best work around something you’re passionate about?

How many leaders are in positions that got them a better title, a better paycheck, better meetings, and better perks, but took them further from their passion?

And then there are people who have found their passion, their dream job, but over the years they have allowed things beyond their control to poison themselves.

Imagine your own situation.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Not that I am well-versed in the teachings of Confucius, but I do like a quote attributed to him that I use in my Principles of Leadership class I teach: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    We discuss the similar concept of finding your passion in life, not just climbing to another rung of the ladder. What is the secret of success – just making to the next level? I encourage them to seek out that passion – that dream job. I do agree that people often do better work when they are passionate about it.

    It is like John Maxwell says: “Law of the Niche: People are most valuable where they add the most value.”


  2. Bob, your insights always tingle my brain. Of course the Confucius quote is time-tested, and maybe so popular that people don’t fully understand it’s profound message.

    I’d like to use John Maxwell’s quote, if you don’t mind. Not sure where yet.

    John’s quote is also profound. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

  3. Please do use it – I am sure John Maxwell would love it!

    As an FYI – I placed that quote on my wall at work because I need the reminder to always be following my passion, and not just doing “work.” Sometimes it is very convicting, because I see such an incongruency sometimes between what I “do” and what my passion is.

  4. I tend to make excuses and get myself down, because I’m not yet doing what I love. Especially because it’s just easier to fall back on excuses.

    But I also need to be thankful that I am “doing.”

    And it definitely seems Bob and I are on the same wavelength. That quote is one of John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d definitely encourage.

    He’s great to follow on Twitter too:

  5. Thanks for sharing the truth. It’s sometimes hard to speak it. For me, speaking helps me see it better.

    You are probably ahead of the curve because of your willingness to speak openly about it.

    Actually have John Maxwell’s book. It’s on the shelf with all the other books I intend to read “sometime”.

    Thanks for the Twitter link. Following John Maxwell now. 🙂

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