Sunday, January 20, 2008

Work and Passion

I've been reading Seth Godin's book The Purple Cow recently and recommending it to others. Seth also has a blog that I get updates in my email. Here's one posting to get you thinking:

A workaholic lives on fear. It's fear that drives him to show up all the time. The best defense, apparently, is a good attendance record.

A new class of jobs (and workers) is creating a different sort of worker, though. This is the person who works out of passion and curiosity, not fear.

The passionate worker doesn't show up because she's afraid of getting in trouble, she shows up because it's a hobby that pays. The passionate worker is busy blogging on vacation... because posting that thought and seeing the feedback it generates is actually more fun than sitting on the beach for another hour. The passionate worker tweaks a site design after dinner because, hey, it's a lot more fun than watching TV.

It was hard to imagine someone being passionate about mining coal or scrubbing dishes. But the new face of work, at least for some people, opens up the possibility that work is the thing (much of the time) that you'd most like to do. Designing jobs like that is obviously smart. Finding one is brilliant.


  1. Scott, I think a lot about passion already and it is definitely those areas I'm passionate about that keep me going both in my life and career.

    There is a lot of options for people to share their thought nowadays with all the communication and technology available to so many.

    I consider myself lucky to be able to share my passions and help others do the same online with blogs and tips as wells. If you're interested, I wrote a few articles about passions starting here on my blog. Thanks for the post to keep me thinking about it!

  2. Thanks Mike, I'll write more on the subject today in a new post.