Sometimes you need to take a break from everything and just do what you are passionate about for a minute, to recharge your batteries.
And just create.
For the past few months, I have been a bit overwhelmed. I spent the last three years spending most of my time working for someone else. The original owner of that company had given me a certain level of autonomy to get things done, and I did. The many recommendations I received on LinkedIn serve as a sweet reminder of what I had accomplished while I was there. I had created my own position, spelling out a vision I had for their knowledge base and support portal, and the owner backed me all the way.
With the new owners, and middle managers jockeying for position in the new company order, I could see it was time to leave. In any merger or acquisition, things start getting dangerous about one year in. It’s a time when you need to be good at corporate politics, since what you contribute to the company typically matters little during such upheavals. Having been through the merger/acquisition process three times at three separate companies, I know the drill well.
Plus, it was time for me to get back to projects that I am passionate about, and back to building my own businesses.
Upon exiting, opportunities immediately opened up in front of me. Many people knew my talents, and they wanted me to contribute to their projects.
But there was a problem. I had lost the passion. I was passionate about what I was doing for the last three years, but now that is gone, what will I be passionate about now?
Passion is Vital
I don’t know about you, but for me passion is a vital ingredient to productivity, especially in areas you are required to be creative. Sure I can try to force myself to do what needs to be done, but when you are doing creative things, like writing or building websites, it is hard to make creativity flow that way. Writers block and procrastination soon follow.
What was needed was passion. When I am passionate about something, I run circles around everyone else, and I hardly notice I am doing it. Even the mundane things I hate doing become interesting and a means to an end when I am passionate about something.
So what shall I be passionate about?
I am already passionate about many things, but it is easy to forget when you are stuck with your blinders on, working on other people’s projects.
The Answer is to Stop Everything for a Moment
That’s right, everything. In fact I should have done this before I even started to take other people’s projects.
I just spent the last two days working on projects I am passionate about, and I am pumped. I created some really cool things, and remembered why I do the stuff I do in the first place.
Now I can go back to all the projects for friends and clients, and be passionate about those too. The passion you feel in one area does spill over into others.
Take 20% Time
Google created something called 20% time, where they allow their employees to work on a side project they are passionate about for the company separate from their regular duties. While it does significantly increase the innovation at Google, it also does another thing: keep their employees interested and passionate.
If you are doing something you love, that you are absolutely passionate about, you work better, are more productive, more innovative, and are happier.
Stopping everything and doing something you are passionate about will make a difference when you are stuck and overwhelmed. Then when you get in touch with your passionate side again, everything will run smoother.
So what are you passionate about and when will you set time to work on it?
And if you are wondering, I spent the last couple of days building two websites I have wanted to build for a long time: Life is Transformational and DNS: The Duck Sauce Network. New outlets for my creativity, of many more to come. Enjoy.
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