“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’’ – Steve Jobs

Remember the first few months at work? The excitement, with a touch of nervousness, an unending zeal to learn and prove your mettle is vibrant in the start. However, as month’s lapses into years, the passion fades slowly with work being “just another thing we do”. While this could be attributed to multiple factors – monotony, differences in reality vs. expected, unclear career path in the future etc., it’s quite normal to feel drifted away in the course of our path. So how do we keep the fire burning, with such variations?

Staying passionate about work is not a one-time effort; it requires constant inner motivation and training of the mind habitually. While different approaches could be adopted, a few that works for me are listed below:

  • Continuous learning: There is always a better way to do things and something more to learn. Try and explore creative ways of doing your job. Identify your area of interest, capitalize on the online courses and company sponsored programs to enhance your knowledge. With the rapid changes happening around, it’s vital to stay ahead of the crowd by enriching your knowledge constantly.
  • Uplift people: Identify those with talent and potential, but shy away from asking for help. Mentor them. In today’s corporate world, representation of women at the managerial and higher levels of hierarchy is considerably lower. Build an internal platform to groom and mentor aspiring candidates, bridge talent gaps and steer them ahead. When you elevate people around you, you grow as well.
  • Don’t rush to complete: Take genuine interest in that you do. Rushing off to complete the task at hand to hop onto another will make you restless. Rather, cherish the task you are doing, put your heart and soul into it. It’s a great way to keep your passion for work alive.
  • Know what comes next, prepare: Visualize your climb, acquire appropriate skills for the role. Besides from being equipped when opportunity knocks, it enhances your current capability as well.
  • Be cognizant of your role; recognize your accomplishments: Understand the effect of your role in the organisation. Whatever be your designation, the work you do will have a profound impact in the bigger picture.

Appreciate your efforts, big or small, – the rewards you’ve received, your meaningful contributions, and your influence on the people around. Knowing the value of oneself will boost self-esteem, which has a direct bearing on the quality of the work done.

There’s inspiration all around for those who choose to see, so identify what motivates you as a person and do more of it. Reinventing oneself from time to time and finding newer ways of doing things will fuel the interest in performing your job better. The motivation that runs inside is what sets you apart from the others, so take care to fuel it at all times.

You may also want to read other articles written by the  author: ‘Stop limiting yourself‘, ‘Doing what you love – hobbies and passion to opportunity‘, ‘ Maximise your productivity to unleash your potential‘, ‘Be your own boss‘, ‘Broaden your intellectual horizon‘, ‘Career metamorphosis – Expert to beginner’, ‘Importance of networking for success in your career’, ‘Busy Day vs Productive Day‘, ‘Money matters for womens financial independence‘, ‘ ‘Being overlooked for promotion‘ , ‘Addressing the gender paygap disparity ‘ , ‘ The art of saying No at work‘  , ‘ Reviving from an unfavourable performance appraisal ‘ , ‘Dealing with a difficult boss‘ , ‘The performance punishment’‘Strategies for Career goals’

About the author: Nithya Jagadish 

I am a commerce graduate with an overall experience of 10 years in the Corporate Industry and handled diversified assignments at HSBC and Hewlett Packard. After gaining considerable knowledge and success during my tenure, I decided to focus my attention on other areas of interest. Now, a doting mother of a one year old, I spend my day reading, apprising on my topics of interest and baby-sitting.

An avid reader and poetry enthusiast, my love for writing started while at school and my dreams have borne fruits after motherhood. I strongly believe in living life to the fullest and making the most of each beautiful day.

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