By Miraj shah

Career Vs Passion

Passion – What exactly is passion? When do we feel passionate? Is it while we do our day to day jobs or is it when we are engaged in our hobby? Is it possible to ignite passion for a particular job in somebody’s life when they are not passionate about what they do? Lastly, is it extremely necessary to have passion in what we do or are we permitted to work just for the sake of it. These are some of the questions I hope to answer by the end of the article.

Consider a scenario for yourself and choose. You are given a job offer as a managing head of company XYZ with a salary of 10 lakhs per annum. That would be at a cost of undefined working hours, working at a cubicle in a congested space and would be in a far away town no where near to your family. On the other hand, you are a freelance musician (assume music as your passion if it is not) who plays guitar on weekends at cafes. This does not have any guarantee of monetary return but you have been lucky till now to find some monetary return. What would you choose?

This is the exact dilemma today’s youngsters face when they step out in the world. A job is a job for you when you do not like it. For example, a software engineer would “hate” his job because coding has never been his area of interest. I see absolutely no reason why a person would hate 10 lacs per annum at a young age if he loves doing a particular job. Having said that, it is really difficult to find a job that is your passion. That brings us to the question is it possible to ignite passion in a person’s life or not. I would not say it is impossible to ignite passion but of course, it is a daunting task. It is possible to teach coding to the dumbest student but it is nearly impossible to make someone love coding even though he is a master at it.

Now, this might sound a bit controversial but most of the passions have a limited monetary reward. A high monetary gain would only be possible if a person reaches the absolute pinnacle of his passion. By absolute pinnacle I mean playing drums for The Chainsmokers or writing a book as good as A Tale Of Two Cities. This is risky because there is no in between. Where as in a career that is not of your choice, there is still a chance that you might end up liking a job over a certain period of time and you might be passionate about the same. After all, at the end of the day, it all comes down to how much money you have earned and not by which means you have earned as long as those are legal means.

If I am asked, I would go for a high paying job even if that does not interest me, work hard, gain sufficient knowledge and strive each day to develop a liking for what I am doing. People currently in the job sector might not agree with this view and I guess I will be one among them once I start working, or maybe not; who knows. Having said that I would definitely not put my life on the line just because I don’t like working 9-5 in one place. It is important to strike balance between passion and job. Maybe you could work your ass off Monday to Friday and sit down on a Saturday morning with a cup of tea to write your next blog. Also, you need not be in that absolute pinnacle here.

To end, as Jon Bon Jovi has said, “Nothing is as important as your passion. No matter what you want to do in life, be passionate.” This means there is always a chance to ignite passion in the most boring job if there is a will.

6 thoughts on “Career VS Passion”

  1. I think people who are passionate in their job always have a successful carrier like Amitabh Bachchan in acting, Virat Kohli or Dhoni in game of cricket, Federar in ?, or A.R.Rehman in music etc…Because passionate about something is like you love that job from deep of your heart n soul. You never fill bored about it. It’s like inhaling oxygen throughout your life, you never bored inhaling & stop it. When you are doing a job that you are passionated with, it’s like you are doing meditation that time, you never count time while doing it, you also ready to sacrifice anything for it. You will not feel tired by doing that years of years but you fell refreshed & internal happiness generates automatically.
    That’s all I want to say.

  2. A very clear stated thought on passion put forward by you. Even I agree that if you really want to work you can ignite and develop passion for it .
    Very well written.

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