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Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:35 PM
Showing who you really are
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

Why are so many people so afraid to show who they really are?

In my work helping people find passion in their careers, I've developed a model to help people navigate the process (my first article for Worthwhile was based on that model). It uses the analogy of your career as a journey. At the heart of it all is what I call the Passion Core, the internal compass that points the way to a path that makes you feel alive.

My definition of passion is, 'the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do.' It's being who you are, and doing what comes naturally. In a way, your Passion Core is the answer to the question, 'Who am I?' When you understand that, you can make decisions and look for opportunities that bring you into alignment with that.

To illustrate the idea, I show people my own Passion Core. When I do, people often make some comment like, 'You're brave to show people something so personal.'

It still floors me when I hear that. To me, that says that who you really are is something to be kept under wraps, almost like it's a dirty little secret.

But it's really just the opposite. Passion comes from the fact that you are aligned with what really makes you tick. And if you're living your life according to who you really are, people would look at your Passion Core and say, 'Yeah, that sounds like you.' It's not hidden and personal, it's a no-brainer look at who you are, which is already obvious because you're living it.

So, a question for you to ponder...are you living in alignment with who you are?


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 11/6/2005 10:54:25 PM
Hey Curt, So here's what is resonating with me on this topic.....I am the powerful ocean moving people forward to live powerful and fearless lives....I worked on this a little more this weekend and realized the power in it....the thing is...I really mean it. I own it and I live it and I want others to experience the joy and the fear in that statement....Thanks Curt. Living la vida fearless, Jan
Curt Rosengren - 11/4/2005 2:07:57 PM
Jerrod, it's true that external circumstances shift. No doubt about it. That's a part of life.

You're never going to be exactly on track. There will always be some tacking and jibing to do.

Living in alignment isn't about having perfection. It's about being on the right course. It's about not being pointed in a completely different direction than the one that will let you shine.

If you're on the right course, I wouldn't see any need to constantly change jobs. But there is the potential for constantly refining what you are doing. That just makes good sense.

Which leads me to constantly reassessing. Yes, I do think it's a good idea to take a regular look at what's going on. Looking at the compass once doesn't guarantee you'll stay on the right path. You need to keep checking in with it.

If we have that awareness for what's good for us but don't check in with it on a consistent basis, it's easy to find ourselves off track. Reassessing is nothing more than taking stock and saying, 'Is this still good? Where - if anywhere - am I getting off track? What can I do about it? What's working that I want to build on?'
Jerrod - 11/4/2005 7:15:47 AM
Living in alignment is a thing that shifts so often, doesn't it Curt? Bosses change, clients change, personal situations change. Would this mean we're reassessing constantly and always changing jobs? Maybe I'm not getting it.


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