Coach John Calipari and Oprah Winfrey most definitely have it. So, too, does Donald Trump, he would say. It's passion for their daily work, and I am sure you would agree they all have it.
Searching for employment in a field you're passionate about is one of several keys to successfully landing a job, and it's one that contributes to greater job satisfaction.
I remember listening to Winfrey comment about her passion, saying, "This is what I was called to do." You feel good when you go to work daily knowing you enjoy what you do.
Darrell King, senior associate director of multicultural business programs at Michigan State University, recognized his career passion "when I did not care anymore how much I was getting paid, but I was more concerned about how much of an impact I was having on students."
It's important to identify early what key duties and responsibilities contribute to your satisfaction. In addition, you should conduct a skill assessment of what you do well and enjoy doing.
For Robert Abreu, vice president for HCM talent management services with Goldman Sachs, "it was about finding ways that I was helping people." Don't forget, too, that you should look inward at your personality, strengths and interest. "If you find yourself making friends easily and being able to connect with perfect strangers and enjoy that ... maybe a sales-type or client-management role would be attractive," Abreu said.
From the start, you should understand that the road to securing passion in your employment doesn't occur overnight. This is certainly the case if you don't conduct your research and invest time examining your career management on the front end. King said you should "have patience because you may not recognize your passion until 10, 15 or even 20 years ... ," and this is a common theme from people working in their areas of passion.
"If you think you may want to pursue a certain career, find someone in that career and try to shadow them for several days, if not weeks, to really understand that profession," suggests Doug Spear, an audiologist with Associates Hearing in Pikeville.
This is excellent advice that will allow you to confirm whether that's the right job for you. Seeking out opportunities to shadow someone early in the job search can save you time in the pursuit of passion.
And while road maps are great when preparing and searching for the career you love, it's of equal importance to avoid roadblocks. Those can include being afraid of making mistakes or failing, having low expectations, laziness or distractions.
A self-imposed limitation is one of the greatest roadblocks observed by Michael Edwards, senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
"That greatly hinders the imagination and the need to know or fully understand how a desire or dream could be fulfilled," Edwards said.
To overcome your own limitations, renew your passion daily and keep positive with your career quest. Here are a few ways to stay focused and motivated on your career journey to achieve your passion:
■ Read and listen to motivational materials.
■ Don't be afraid of failure.
■ Stop allowing people to change your passion.
■ Get a career coach or mentor.
■ Stay persistent.
■ Check in with a career counselor or adviser.
How would you answer today if someone asked whether you were working in your passion? What type of work could you do for free? Don't forget that identifying and securing your passion is a journey, and I hope you decide to start your travels tomorrow. It's a new day with many opportunities.
I'm reminded of a Warren Buffett interview during which the business icon said, "Live with passion! ... Life is a lot more fun this way."
Well, I've taken his advice, and I hope you will take his advice, as well. Renew your commitment today to pursue your very best and seek your passion. You can get a short list of resources to provide more focus on finding and securing your purpose by emailing me at Lenroy.Jones@gmail.com.