Friday, July 8, 2011

Charlaine Harris : Passion isn't everything when it comes to work

Chained to the desk, caught up in the day-to-day drudgery, many professionals share a fantasy: if only I could do what I love.
And without a doubt, combining a life's passion with your work can inspire great dedication and provide a sense of meaning that is sometimes missing in the workaday world.
But sometimes that unbridled passion can hurt careers when professionals care about the job too much, warns Dorie Clark, a marketing strategy consultant, writing in the Harvard Business Reviewin April. Here are some reasons why Ms Clark says people should think twice before doing what they love:
You love it - but you're not great at it. It's hard for businesspeople to judge themselves accurately, so they should first ask their friends and employers what their talents and weaknesses are. Then they should play to their strengths, even if those characteristics don't lead to what people would describe as their dream job.
You're skilled at your passion - but hate the work that surrounds it.

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