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?