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How do we fix this? Research on passion suggests that we need to understand three key things: 1 passion is not something one finds, but rather, it is something to be developed; 2 it is challenging to pursue your passion, especially as it wanes over time; and 3 passion can also lead us astray, and it is therefore important to recognize its limits. We even say it ourselves. But according to a recent Deloitte survey of 3, full-time U. How do we fix this conundrum? Indeed, research has shown that believing passion is fixed can make people less likely to explore new topics—potential new sources of passion.
It also le people to give up on new pursuits more quickly if they seem difficult. To better pursue your passion, challenge your assumption that passion is something to be discovered. Focus on actively developing a passion instead. For example, you can craft your job to spend more time exploring the tasks you are more passionate about or simply those that pique your curiosity and working with those who inspire you.
It also helps to get to know coworkers, what they are passionate about, and how they view their work. This can lead to opportunities to help each other pursue your passions. One of the most common ways we try to pursue our passion is that we chase what gives us the most joy or is the most fun. In one study , my coauthors and I analyzed every graduation speech given in the last 10 years at the top U. In a subsequent study of several hundred of employees, we found that those who believed pursuing passion meant following what brings one joy were less likely to be successful in their pursuit of passion, and were more likely to quit their job 9 months down the line, than those who believed following passion was focusing on what one cares about.
Why does following what you care about make you more successful at pursuing passion? It seems that this belief helps you weather the challenges that are part of the pursuit. But the combination of passion and perseverance—i. The reality is that passion wanes over time , so if you just focus on following happiness, you might not stick with an endeavor like you would if you focused on how it helps you achieve what you care most about. In one set of studies , my coauthors and I found that passion is only linked to better performance when a others agree with what one is passionate about, and b when passion is expressed in an appropriate context since people tend to view passion as more appropriate in some fields, such as consulting, than others, such as ing.
What does this mean? We find that expressing your passion may only help you if your audience already agrees with what you are presenting. If they are not already on board, your passion for the subject may not be effective in bringing them along. Similarly, if you are an entrepreneur, expressing passion for your idea may help bring investors on board, but expressing passion when discussing the term sheet may not have the same inspiring effect because of who we allow to demonstrate passion. In another series of studies , employees described as passionate were more likely to be exploited by others because they were seen as enjoying their work more.
As a result, others were more likely to ask passionate employees to take on undesirable tasks and work overtime. This highlights a challenging paradox: expressing your passion can be beneficial because others admire you more and may help you become more successful.
At the same time, it may also make it more likely they will ask you to take on tasks that fall outside of narrow job descriptions, placing you at risk of stretching yourself too thin and burning out. Another study, led by Erica Bailey at Columbia Business School, found that more passionate employees were also more likely to be overconfident. In some situations, this is beneficial; for example, if entrepreneurs took the actual base rate of start-up successes into , many would not continue founding.
In many work settings, however, overconfidence can lead to detrimental work outcomes , such that passionate and overconfident employees are less likely to seek the feedback and information necessary to succeed. If you are passionate about your work, bear in mind that this may lead to an inflated view of your own abilities and work output. This might make it more important that you seek out feedback from others, and clarify on where you truly stand; otherwise you may believe that your passion propels you, while it only does so in your head.
Many of us want to pursue our passions, and organizations commonly encourage this. Viewing passion as able to be developed, as a challenging ongoing process, and as something that may lead you astray may help us better achieve our goals. You have 1 free article s left this month. You are reading your last free article for this month. Subscribe for unlimited access.
Career planning. For most of us, passion wanes over time. on Career planning or related topic Decision making and problem solving. Jon M. Jachimowicz is an assistant professor of business administration in the organizational behavior unit at Harvard Business School. As a result, employees can pursue, fall out of, and maintain their passion. In addition, passion dynamics unfold at the interpersonal level, manifesting in observable behaviors that are perceived by others who react to those who express passion.
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