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Passionately Filling a Need on Purpose

Does “passion” have an effect on income?

In a post by Chitra Reddy on why passion at work is so important, Chitra cites these benefits.

1. You motivate others, as passion triggers passion
2. Your absenteeism is lower because you love your work
3. You reveal your creative side
4. You’re more loyal to your employer
5. The overall work environment is better

I think when you’re passionate about what you do, you’re more focused and happy and time flies by.  But there are thousands of artists, musicians, analysts, coaches, and creators of all kinds who are passionate yet not earning a deserved living, right? 

Of course “knowledge” will affect our income potential, but to what degree?

For years we’ve been told that “knowledge is power”.  There are thousands of college and university grads with years of scholastic investment who are working entry-paying jobs unrelated to their field of interest.  They’re bursting with know-how with no place to apply it.

It’s no secret that “experience” is the best teacher.  Most employers love to hire those with relevant experience; however, there is an entire demographic of seasoned professionals with degrees, years of quality service under their belts, and having passion for what they do, which is considered undesirable as an employable workforce because they’re believed to be past their prime.

Where’s the sweet spot?  What’s the missing ingredient that will have you profitably sailing through any economic climate?

Did you ever hear the story about the homeowner who questioned the plumber’s bill?

In a nutshell, the plumber identified the source of a leak, and in a moment with a two-bit part, fixed it.  He then presented the customer with an invoice for $115.00.   The customer gasped, asking why it was so high, and the plumber responded, “It is $5.00 for the part and $110 for knowing what to do with it.”

Aha! ~ “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” ~ Simon Sinek, Author of Start with Why.

Passion, knowledge, and experience are an unbeatable combination, but when it comes to winning big, “need” trumps.  The experience that contributes to the outcome you create to better the world of your fellow man starts with asking the question, “Why?”.
When you ask, “Why?” – Why am I investing in this? Why would I buy this? Why am I doing this? Why am I essential? – it sparks a new level of curiosity that meaningfully identifies, and ties together, all the elements – including passion – into a winning raison d’etre. Fill the need and the money will follow.

“I am the rain.  I go where I’m needed.”  ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky

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