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What is Important for a Successful Career?

September 7th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The path to a successful career can lead right through the dump.  When we start our careers of choice, there’s always a learning curve to contend with.  This learning curve can send us right through the dump of doubt, frustration and delays.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to decide what we are going to do, and wake up the next morning and we have arrived at our career destination!  Or does the sense of fulfillment come with the journey?

As Sherlock would say, “it’s immaterial, my dear Watson”.  We all know, it doesn’t happen that way.  There are good times and bad with any career.  Bad times are the reason that our commitment to our career is so important.  But, how can we develop the commitment to stay with our career or job when times get tough?  I think passion is the key.  If we, not only, believe in what we are doing, but if we can locate the passion element in our career choice, it will take us through the troubled times.  As Rumi writes:

“Passion makes the old medicine new:
Passion lops off the bough of weariness.
Passion is the elixir that renews:
How can there be weariness when passion is present?
Oh, don’t sigh heavily from fatigue:
Seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!”

How do we seek this mysterious thing called passion?  We must find what we believe in, or what stirs our juices.  We could call that the “crusade” of our career.  The crusade might be, showing others how to create a better life, or helping animals, or cleaning up the planet, etc.

Leaders learn to recognize the crusade. They find “the something” people can believe in and promoting that cause with passion, moving people to action.  Everyone wants to follow a man or woman who is committed to what they believe in.  People will invest hundreds of hours into volunteer work for a candidate or causes they believe in.  Warriors will give their lives for their cause and country.  Players will win the game for a coach who works them hard and inspire them to believe in themselves.

For a rewarding career, there has to more inspiration than the money you think you can make, or how fast you think you can earn it.  Those are important, but seldom do they inspire us enough to weather the storm, when we are tossed around by the rough seas of our career path.  Much less, serve to fulfill us.

We must ask ourselves, “what in our career is bigger then ourselves?”  “What moves me to action?”  When we locate the crusade in our career we will find our passion.  As leaders, we must have the goal of  finding the  “larger than us” reason for our team to follow us.

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