Combining Passion and Work

I had originally planned to write more about the World Equestrian Games, but I can’t seem to get past something that’s foremost in my mind right now: having a passion for what you do. I attended the “Get Motivated, Inc.” seminar in Washington, DC, this week, and if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I’d highly recommend it. I attended because I had attended a similar event over ten years ago, and many of the speakers’ insights changed my life for the better. Both events stressed the importance of trying to find a way to combine your passion with your work. 

How many people truly spend time trying to find that niche that involves their passion, and finding a way to make it work for them? And how many people ignore those “callings,” when opportunities present themselves? How many people will spend hours in front of the TV and many more hours working jobs for which they have no passion, but will not spend 20 hours exploring ways in which they could turn what they really care about into a business they could run themselves and maybe even benefit other people?

Even if you can’t do whatever it is that is genuinely your passion at this moment, why not think about it and develop a plan? Think of it as productive daydreaming. Even if you don’t love what you are doing, love why you are doing it – to hopefully one day achieve one of your goals.

To quote one of the speakers: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” I would make one small change to those “ten magic words:” If is it to be, it is up to YOU.


  1. YES! Pursue your passion. Life may be short and you do not want to leave it without at least testing out if what you think you would like is what you really can succeed in and enjoy. Enrich your life with “living” it and do not put off doing something you have only dreamed about because it seems “farfetched.”
    Many seniors these days are fulfilling their dreams of travel, art, writing, and a whole host of activities their busy lives did not allow them to do earlier in life. Glad they are doing it but a real shame they did not try earlier as they may have had an even happier life.
    As for me, I’ve been exploring all my life and even though I’m not rich, I sure have enjoyed life and all the opportunities I have pursued. Still do!