What do you pick: Passion or Career?

We all know that the primary purpose for which we study, acquire knowledge and build competency is to be able to work and earn income. So, how do you earn income is then the next question to ponder upon. Do we just randomly pick any work that pays us well and do it?

Well, that is exactly what we had been doing, probably, until the recent generation of humans started to really follow their passion. A decade ago, start-ups, setting up business, following passions and hobbies were jobs seen for people who were not smart enough to get through the main stream of engineering and medical courses. However, times have drastically changed now and a major chunk of the population is inclined towards doing a job they would rather love, than building a career that pays them well. Money eventually comes to them as well; no one really dies of hunger.

The fear of the unknown and failures was what stopped people from venturing onto the path of their own. This fear has reduced to a large extend due to the high success rate and gallant stories of entrepreneurs who made it big from scratch. The mindset has slowly but surely reversed. In fact people who work for the sole reason of earning, with no intent of enjoying their work are the ones left cribbing in the end. Either they have not earned enough or they have no enthusiasm left in their lives to enjoy what they have earned. People prefer to work in a start-up as well with an autonomous, open and stress free environment as compared to big brands.

Also, passion alone does not mean satisfaction or success. It has to be accompanied with the correct intent, guidance, competency, skills andlove_what_you_do_by_emuman execution. Similarly, a job that we get maybe out of college is something we not understand at first. If we put effort to go into the depth of it, the importance of our role and challenge the limits to which we can contribute to the organisation, automatically passion, focus and eventually success will follow.

It really does not matter at the end, if you follow your passion or build your career with a usual job. The crux lies in the fact that you should enjoy what you do. People
have turned their jobs into passions and have done exceedingly well while others have turned their passions into a job and succeeded. It is really up to the individual and the limits he or she is ready to challenge.

I wish to end this post with a quote from the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Anjan Kumar Merkap | PGDM 2015-17