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Why passion can’t come easy…

Everybody wants to be passionate about what they do but they have a hard time finding what they are passionate about in the first place. It seems that all sorts of people are having a hard time figuring out exactly what they want to do in life. Even people that shouldn’t know what they are passionate about yet are concerned about it.

It may seem weird but I haven’t ever worried about it. Why?

I already know what I am passionate about. I am passionate about my wife. I love her. I am passionate about being outdoors. I love fishing. I love camping. I love playing electric guitar. I love single malt whiskeys.

I know what being passionate is all about. So am I passionate about my job? Yes and no.

What you say! I know, I am writing an entire blog about HR issues and I am on the fence about if I am passionate or not?

The parts of my job I am really passionate about aren’t HR specific though. HR gives me better access to the thing I like most about business: people. Sounds corny, I know, but give me a shot. Landing a key person in an area where they are passionate and it meets a significant business need is a feeling of euphoria. Convincing an employee to stay with it, help them develop into better people and see success could drive me for months.

Employment law? Not so much. FLSA interpretation? Hell no. Those are parts of my job that I do because it is necessary if I want to do everything else.

What about your current job are you passionate about? How do you translate that into finding that next step if what you do isn’t all that?

By Lance Haun

Strategy for The Starr Conspiracy. Former HR pro. Portland guy (Go Blazers!) and WSU alum (Go Cougs!). I get to write about what I want here.

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