Passion for Work

Sometimes people (this used to include me) don’t get it why their colleagues get the raises and the promotions instead of them.  They argue that they work as hard or are even more disciplined.  But now I get it.  It’s because the people who get raises and promotions have passion.  You know it when your colleague has it, but you usually shrug it off.  Now that I’m an employer, I can say that bosses also sense it easily.  And they appreciate it more than your perfect attendance.  We sense when employees are simply dragging themselves to work, doing things like robots and mind dreaming that it is already time to go.  We sense it when they have this “I-am-destined-for-greater-things” and “I-am-just-waiting-for-that-call-from-this-company-wherein-I-am-really-suited” attitude.  And you know what, we respond with “Just-please-go-because-if-you’re-like-that-we don’t-need-you-here-as-well” or “If-you’re-too-good-for-this-why-are-you-still-here?” thoughts.  So even if the boss isn’t saying anything, an I’m-too-good-for-this-job employee tells colleagues, “I sense it, our boss doesn’t like me.”

How exactly can a boss sense passion?  How do you become passionate?  It’s difficult to explain, but it begins with loving your job and losing that “This is just my halfway job” or “This is just my stepping stone–I’m destined for greater things!” thoughts of yours, because everything

else follows.  When you lose that attitude, going the extra mile for your company isn’t a chore.  When you hear that your company is short staffed on your rest day and you’re not doing anything anyway, you volunteer to help right away.  It’s when you are cheerful, when you don’t dodge your bosses (you do it when you feel guilty about something, di ba?), you keenly observe what’s happening around you so you could think critically when the situation

calls for it (this is where I praise our dear old reliable Jayson).

I also remember our dear Reg who did our marketing last summer.  We are very, very happy with her because we saw her passion.  She did not just do what we told her to do, she even thought of other ways how to do our marketing.  She used to sleep really late just to edit our website, but we didn’t tell her to do it…she just did it on her own because she wanted to.  And on the occasions she comes to the office late, we don’t mind because we trust her.  She’s so passionate about her marketing that when she hears of other review centers she would even say, “I HATE THEM, MA’AM, I HATE THEM!”  Hahaha.  Another ones full of passion are our dear Irvin and Ara…at the dinner table, despite a grueling day, they’re so eager to share what transpired in the classroom.  And when there are a new blood of teachers, they can’t rest until they’ve trained them…they run through a set of review materials to teach these teachers how to deliver well.  Again, this is in spite of the fact that they haven’t even eaten yet or that they’ve just spent 10 hours working hard (both physically and mentally)–and they don’t ask an additional pay for this.  That is passion, and that is love for what you do.

If you don’t have it and think you’ll never have it in your present line of work, please, just go.  We employers don’t need the likes of you.  We don’t want employees who think they are doing us a favor, staying with us despite the fact that they’re “too good for this job”.

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