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February 06, 2006


Phil Gerbyshak

Curt - People are my passion, and I am blessed that my job enables me to interact with so many different people every day, and I'm able to make a genuine difference in many people's lives every single day. What type of difference does it make? To me, it makes ALL the difference in the world. I love going to work, instead of dreading it. I look for ways to make my life, er job, better even when I'm not at work. I try to help anyone who crosses my path, and tell them about what I do and how much fun it is.

Contrast that to a past job where I couldn't WAIT to go home, where I prayed for a bad weather day, where my favorites days at work were the days I wasn't AT work.

Passion is the potatoes!



I think I have Phil's old job. First off, Curt, your definition of "passion" is one of the best. Your blog is one of my favorites. It keeps me aware of the importance of passion in our career. I am trying to incorporate more of it in my life and at my job. Perhaps when things settle down for me, I'll get in touch with you to discuss more. Keep up the great work!!

Curt Rosengren

Great contrast, Phil! That's a perfect example of the night and day difference it can make.

And thanks Tim. I'm glad my ideas strike a chord. Sorry to hear you can relate to Phil's description of his old job so well. Let me know when the dust has settled and you're ready to explore.

mary beth

Been there, on both sides of the coin. Right now the coin seems to be turning from "can't wait to get to work" or at least "going to work? ok" to "ummmm, do I have to?" Why? Big invisible corporate philosophical changes. out of the blue, totally unexpected, rather unbelievable. Writing's on the wall so I'm ready to hear about finding the next place and challenge. Meanwhile, keeping it together by enjoying the small moments that used to be the big part of the gig and knowing that, for sure, this isn't MY problem at all. What a relief.


I have been unemployed since just before Christmas and while there have been many negative moments during the past several weeks, I do consider my situation a really big opportunity, however unexpected it was.

I'd like to "get it right" this time and a lot of my reflections these days begin with "oh how wonderful to sit at My Own Desk and earn a living". How that might (or might not) come about is somewhat unclear right now, but Curt's description of passion is becoming a big part of my thoughts:

"Passion is the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do."

Two of the important concerns I have, though, are about generating sufficient income to meet my basic expenses and about the long-term implications of perhaps not returning to a workplace. Will more of ME be enough for me?

Sometimes when I wake up in the mornings, I imagine I am self-employed instead of unemployed -- and while it feels good, it also feels unreal.

Hiren Shah

Your are absolutely right about the stress part and the energising part. Being in the right profession is exhilerating and in the wrong one, debilitating. It is said that "A happy man at home is a happy man at work". I would say that it is vice-versa that is more true because you spend more time at work than at anything else in your life and if those hours are miserable the entire work-life balance is disturbed and so relationships get adversly effected as you have rightly pointed out.

People don't know this but I believe that the onus of Mahatma Gandhi becoming great lies in passion because that is how he begain in his own words. There are some extracts that I have got from his autobiography which are pasted in the new wordpress link below "Make your passion your profession". I have changed my email address too.


Great post. The thing is some people get this early in life that our 'work for income' should be something we are passionate about and some of us get it later in life! For me I am tremedously passionate about what I do now. As I write to you I am sitting in the Himalayas looking out over the valley and I am living my passion.

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