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Passion and Work

07/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jen Grisanti Story/career consultant, author and writing instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge

Do these two words go together in your world? Are you passionate about what you do? Are you happy when you wake up every morning and excited to see what the day will bring? If not, could you be? We are in a new time of consciousness and simplicity. With the current state of the economy, people are looking at their lives and re-evaluating their mission. If Passion is your mission, are you living it?

Lawler Kang writes in his book, Passion and Work, "What is critical to understand is that as long as you can define your passion, someone will pay you to live on your terms. You might not make millions, but intuitively, you have a much greater chance of this outcome if you do." In his book, Lawler explores the purpose of the five Ps: Passion, Proficiencies, Priorities, Plan and Prove. Kang says, "...If you love what you are doing, if you're passionate about your work, life will follow in a multitude of shimmering manifestations -- richer relationships, less stress, overall happiness, and so on..."

Lawler went through some life threatening hurdles that led him to this place. He has a firm grasp on how to succeed, because he has found tremendous success in work and life and he comes from a place of knowing what it was to almost lose it all.

Have you been in a position where you've fallen from grace in some aspect? If you turn that into life experience, you can really fall into grace. You can pick yourself up and be happier than you've ever been. I went from working in the corporate world for over 15 years to opening my own business, being my own boss and following my bliss. I looked at all the things that made me happy in my job. I took out all the things I did not enjoy. I put together a business model, and I put my plan into action. Following your passion may involve a lot of work and sacrifices in its inception, but once you've created something of your own and nurtured it from scratch, the rewards are endless. I support and live Lawler Kang's philosophy and encourage you to identify what your passion is, put together a plan and go after it. You will be amazed to see what happens.