Taking a Pass on the Passion Juice

by | Jan 6, 2012

She Loved her Job

Sandy loved her job. The stories she chose to share and the way she told them, revealed that she was engaged and having fun. Her clients seemed to really like her, and we, my husband and I, were at time the beneficiaries of their shows of affection, which included tickets to sporting and entertainment venues. Was she passionate? I'm not sure. I never asked.

Along Comes Boss Lady

A new leader is hired and she is now one of two managers to whom Sandy reports in a hybrid organization structure. Sandy suddenly finds herself working for a woman who simply doesn't like her. Said woman, Boss Lady, has been known to chastise her administrative assistant for arranging a shared limo to drive Boss Lady and Sandy to the airport for the same flight and a trip to visit the same client at the same time for the same purpose.  "Don't ever do that again. I don't like Sandy, and I will not ride in the same car with her." Trust me, everyone likes Sandy. In fact, they like her husband too. They are that couple, those people.

After several years of this relationship, Sandy decides to resign. Her functional manager asks her to stay and offers to hire a coach to see if the situation can be resolved. Coincidentally, I happened to know the coach. She's good. After several months of coaching, which also includes Boss Lady, Sandy resigns. The organization values her so much that they ask her to stay on as a consultant for 6 months.

Saying No to the Passion Juice

Please don't pass the passion juice.

Sandy is now in transition and recently attended a convention/conference for professional women. You know the type - lots of workshops, speakers, and a variety of tracks. The first two workshops she attended focused on finding or working from your passion. After the second workshop Sandy avoided the passion juice. Here's what she said.

I want to do something I really like, something I feel good about, but I don't want to be passionate about my work. I want to be passionate about life and feel good about work. I have lots of interests and now is the time for me to put more energy into other things. 

It's possible that Sandy's attitude is the result of her recent bad experiences, but maybe not. I know others who find and express their passions in commitments to things non-work. They include lawyers, doctors, technology managers, sales people, and more.

How about you?

 

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