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Dave Berzack loves his career. Check out his website, www.daveberzack.com, and you will see more evidence of the passion, and talent, he has for his chosen profession. (Shout out to Dan Schawbel for pointing me to this video.)
Droppin science (here’s the secret) for live (for a great) 9 to 5 (career): It’s about finding your passion.
Said in geeky consultant language: The key to high levels of performance and achievement is aligning your work with your sources of intrinsic motivation . . . It’s about finding your passion!
When you can get out of bed every morning with the same spirit and sense of fun that Dave shows, you have found your bliss. And bliss leads to the biggest career reward of all: satisfaction. If your goal is to make millions of dollars, well, success will depend upon your career choice, your effort and a bit of luck. But if your definition of success is to have a sense of purpose and meaning, to thrive and to have a consistent source of satisfaction, then build your work around what you love.
A young student from my alma mater called me a few months ago to learn more about the consulting profession. He did a nice job of providing a verbal resume outlining his well-chosen major, his proper corporate summer internship and the reasons why that prepared him for an entry level job in consulting. Based upon the facts alone, he was a good candidate for a job in the field. Based upon the level of excitement in his voice, however, I was compelled to ask another question.
“What do you do for fun?”
He responded by saying, “Since I was a little kid I’ve played hockey.” And for the next ten minutes told me about playing in hockey leagues four seasons every year, reffing for younger leagues when he was in high school and during the summer, coaching hockey at summer camps and meeting his favorite players at various events. His tone was entirely different. You could hear the smile in his voice.
“What are you doing with that?” I asked. Silence.
Not everyone can be a professional hockey player. Not everyone can get a job in the hockey industry on a team, a league office, or an equipment manufacturer. Although the more we talked, the more he discovered his options were much greater than the “conventional” jobs found in the college placement office. He realized there were countless careers in the hockey world that were not just about playing.
More importantly, the more we talked, the more he realized there were aspects about hockey that could be translated to other potential career choices. He enjoyed the camaraderie. He enjoyed the competition, but he really valued the learning and growing and hard work, whether winning or not. He also really enjoyed the teaching and development of others when reffing and coaching.
We didn’t have to talk any more about consulting. He was fired up to listen to his heart and think about options that were more closely aligned with his innate talents, interests and joy. He may yet end up in consulting, but if he does, it will be when he discovers it is the best place to live his purpose.
Oh, yeah, and by the way . . . If you are on the other end of this and looking for the job candidates who are going to knock your socks off, remember that no matter how killa the resume, you have to listen to the heart of the candidate. It’s the employees who work from a sense of purpose and passion that will always, always kick it.