There is universal agreement that the word “passion” is highly overused in professional settings. It needs to be retired.
That word should have been tossed in the wastebasket years ago but seems to continue to land in recycle. It comes back to haunt hiring managers, job seekers, recruiters, and everyone year after year.
In a purely selfish attempt to prevent me from reading one more cover letter explaining someone’s passion for working on programs; might I suggest the word “purpose”.
I know, you like that right? But wait, don’t just go through your documents and replace one word with the other.
Replacing passion with purpose requires a little more work on your part.
You need to ask yourself “What motivates me?” “What inspires me?” “What type of work will engage me and spark my A game most of the time?”
Please do not misunderstand, walking a purposeful path does not mean you will avoid every frustration that naturally comes along with work. It will, however, better align the personal and professional and minimize feelings of discontent.
Move toward a purposeful existence. Examine what you are doing and determine if it makes your heart smile in some way. If not, don’t be afraid to change direction.