Most of us have something which inspires us, and motivates us to strive to improve ourselves in some (often intangible) way. We relentlessly pursue it. It is our dream, our passion.
Passion is not missing from the life of the Corporate Drone; it’s simply that we drones find our passions outside of the walls of our cubicles. Management types, however, love to go on and on about “passion,” and how “passionate” they are. Let me make this very clear: when someone tells you that she is passionate about branding, sales enablement, IT infrastructure, data analytics, financial modeling, project management, digital hierarchies, or any related topic, that is your proof that you are talking to a total fraud who also has a high likelihood of being a complete asshole. “This increased functionality is very exciting!” No, it’s really not. But the fact that you just uttered that line of bullshit makes it perfectly clear to everyone that you are a jackass.
Can you find passion in your work? Absolutely. Some people who are passionate about their work include actors, artists, carpenters, chefs, hair stylists, massage therapists, glassblowers, scholars, museum curators, research scientists. . . .because these people have jobs that matter to the universe. Do you notice what’s missing? Corporate functions.
For drones, I suggest dismissing the idea of being passionate about your work. It will only lead to disappointment. Instead, pursue your passions elsewhere, because your employment really has no karmic purpose other than providing for you and your family. I am passionate about clear communication and good grammar. I’m passionate about lying around on the couch and reading novels. I’m passionate about going for a walk with my dog. None of this translates into bottom-line strategy, and that’s just fine.