Given my focus, it's no surprise that a feeling of passion about what I do is a part of my picture of success. I want to be energized by the work I do. I want to feel engaged and compelled to do it. I want to feel alive in the activity that takes up the majority of my waking hours.
And it's not just because I want work to feel good (though I certainly do!). It's also because that feeling of passion for what I do is in turn fuel for more success. The difference in what I've been able to accomplish since discovering my Passion Catalyst work vs. back in my days as a Professional Malcontent is amazing.
Remember my definition of passion. It's "the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do." Having work I'm passionate about simply means I'm doing what I was designed to do. I'm doing what comes naturally. I'm doing something that allows the maximum amount of energy to flow through to the end result, because I'm not wasting energy trying to be who and how I'm not.
As I've mentioned before, there is also a multiplier effect to doing something that is coming from the core of who you are. You're happier and more energized by your work. That in turn spills over into the rest of your life.
How you feel has an impact on the people around you - your loved ones, the people you work with, the random person you have a pleasant conversation with in the grocery store checkout line, the guy you don't give the bird when he cuts you off on the freeway because you're not driving home all grumpy...
Besides all that, it's fun! Who wouldn't want that?
This is one of a series of posts exploring my definition for success in my own journey. You can see the original post with the big picture here.