These aren’t my thoughts, these are Daniel Pink’s thoughts on passion.
“Of course, passion isn’t bad. But business can be a bit like love. When people first fall in love, they experience that woozy and besotted feeling that verges on obsessiveness. That’s passion, and it’s great. But as couple bond more enduringly, that fiery intensity can give way to a calmer warmth. That’s true love – and that’s where the magic is.
So next time you’re on either the giving or receiving end of advice, skip the hot and steamy passion and go for the calm and deeper love. Ask questions like:
What did you do last Saturday afternoon- for fun, for yourself?
What books do you read or blogs do you visit, not for work, but just because you’re interested in them?
What are you great at? What comes easily to you? What would you do- or are you already doing- for free?
As it happens, I can testify to the power of de-emphasizing passion and re-emphasizing doing. Beginning about two decades ago, I worked in some very demanding, intensely stressful jobs in American politics and government. But throughout – on the side, usually for no money- I wrote magazine articles about business and work, and formulated ideas for books. At one level, it was foolish. I lost sleep, sacrificed leisure, and probably distracted myself from my paid employment.
But after many years, it finally hit me: This- not politics-is what I did. And now, as a result, that’s what I do.
Am I passionate about it? Sure, I guess. Maybe. Some days. But passion isn’t something I much ponder.
I’m too busy doing what I do.”
Given that student affairs seems to throw the p-word around a little too often without really much thought, I took Daniel Pink’s words to head. It was a great refresh and different perspective. When I look at his questions, my answers aren’t student affairs specifically. They are education related. Does that mean I don’t have passion for student affairs? Probably. What I do have this passion for, this instinctual desire that never ends is, creating, solving, building, breaking. I’m not so much of a student affairs practitioner as much as I consider myself an education engineer. It just so happens that as an education engineer, student affairs provides me with the lab space and tools to create, solve, build, and break things; often with great results and little risk associated.
Having read the Flip Manifesto (see below) and digested Pink’s thoughts on passion, I’m curious. What are your thoughts after seeing this excerpt of his on passion? Don’t think too hard, just write what comes to mind.
Read more of this type of mic-dropping writing from Daniel Pink his Flip Manifesto. Available here: http://www.danpink.com/resource/flip-manifesto/