07/15/2014 09:25 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Bringing Your Passion to Work

Think about when you've fallen in love in your life or the first time you held your newborn child in your arms. The colors looked brighter, the sounds were clearer, and it felt like your heart was going to burst with love and joy. (Hopefully you've had this experience in your life at some point so you know what I'm are talking about!)

It is possible to bring that kind of energy into our work too. This is when we are truly engaged at work.


When we know what we are passionate about, only then we can reach our full potential. If you think about the words job and passion, which one would you rather spend your time on?

• Tapping into the power of passion is essential to being able to accomplish what you want with yourself and with your company.

• Getting others to feel that same passion and add their personal passions is what energizes a group of people to greatness.

• It is released when the people are "emotionally and intellectually excited by the firm's vision and values." Passion is a much more powerful energy than that fear, dread, or boredom.

A job has become synonymous with drudgery, a drag; something you have--not want--to do, and it drains your energy.

Having a passion for your work is energizing, something you are looking forward to, that you cannot wait to dive into to, and it makes you happy.

When passion is strong and it is identified and understood, it is possible to harness that energy to create great things and have a big impact in the world. This is true on all levels of our world--individual, family, company, national and world (although we have yet to reach this ideal so far).

Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi are two examples of leaders who made a huge impact because of their passion to make the world a better place. If you look at any successful company, the founders tend to be great leaders who had both passion and vision.

Tony Collins, CEO of Virgin Trains, discovered the passion of his people in a very traditional industry. He shares:

"What is remarkable about our experience in trains is how the same people who delivered the service under British Rail and were seen to be largely cold and disinterested toward the passen¬gers are the same people who now deliver indus¬try leading customer service, so the passion was always there. It had been suppressed, devalued, destroyed by a command and control structure driven by process, status and fear. All we had to do was release it."

What overall organizational energy do you have in your company right now?

Here are five questions you can ask yourself to figure out how to bring more passion to your work:
1. What do I love to do?
2. How can I be the best version of myself at work?
3. What gives me energy or makes me feel excited?
4. When have I felt the most joy at work?
5. How can I bring this into my work?

Donald Trump is known for saying if you're going to think, you may as well think big. It's that big thinking that comes from being passionate.

Passion is when the fires within ignite. Passion in work turns it into play, something that you love to do. It is the unseen power of any organization and truly inspiring leaders know how to tap into it.