Recently I had the opportunity to attend a networking event dealing with building your business around the people you hire. I thought about this lecture while I was sitting in the meeting room and then thought of my newly acquired position as a legal clerk with a new firm.
When I first got hired my initial instinct and feeling was that I landed a good job and that I was at the right place; a good fit for myself and for what I want to do as a soon-to-be-attorney. I felt like I was a part of a growing business and a part of a team.
This leads me to the idea of passion and the myth that passion along with drive and self-esteem will lead to success in life. However, this belief is extremely errored under scrutiny.
Analyze the process of passion. When one starts off as a novice are they passionate then? Will the new business owner/entrepreneur who is bootstrapping and building her business from scratch always be filled with joy and passion? Does the third-year law student feel so passionate studying ten-plus-hour study shifts day after day?
The answer is no, none of them feel joy and passion at all these preliminary moments because the process of becoming successful and passionate about anything is tedious, arduous, and uncomfortable during that growing process.
Instead passion arises through a sense of purpose that you are doing something that has meaning and matters or serves something bigger than yourself whether it be an idea, discipline, company, etc.
Me personally, I am passionate about pursuing a legal career, particularly in entertainment and intellectual property. However, as I have gotten older, I understand that passion does not come from vague emotions, initial instincts, or feelings. Passion is not found, but built through hard work, more importantly purpose driven work.
In my particular current section in life I am eager and am looking for work that gives me purpose, something beyond myself. By doing purposeful work it allows one to live out an archetype ideal beyond you as an individual.
This leads back to the networking event, during which it was described that everyone who works can be categorized by three distinct archetype groups. Knowing which group, you were and who you need in order to compliment your own attributes is key to growth in business.
This idea settled with me and reinforced my initial vague emotional feeling about my new job. Not only did it feel right, I quickly saw that I was given opportunities here to be something bigger than myself. The archetypal construct of my position within my job, translated to me as my purpose. I quickly embraced this lesson and understood that I had a very distinct role, one that would allow me to grow with a newly established and flourishing business. My purpose was to help grow a business while being able to grow and develop myself.
As a young and eager legal clerk, it is important for me that I get to work on revenue earning assignments and be a part of the growth of a new business. This purpose-driven work is what true passion derives from, and it is true passion that allows people to work harder because they are not only working for themselves at that point, but for something bigger.