Nothing can spark a career like passion. And nothing is better than seeing someone who does something that is their passion.
My next door neighbor Clifford got laid off from his job a few months ago. Since then, he has been spending his time painting -- mostly landscapes, but also on-site painting of many of the homes in the our historic area. This past weekend, Clifford had art on display at our neighborhood homes tour. He has several people now who want to pay him to paint their houses also.
I've lived next to Cliff for 2 years. While always one of the most likeable people I've ever met, I have never seen him happier than he was this weekend -- discussing his art with other artists or with other people who owned historic homes in the neighborhood. He was literally glowing.
Wouldn't it be great if we could all have that glow when we were working?
Sally Hogshead spoke at our creativity symposium last week. She had the group force us to identify what we were better at than anyone else on the planet...and finding that, and how we could relate that to our careers, would be a key to our happiness, and career longevity. If we're truly happy, that will show through in our work, which would undoubtedly show through in great career success.
Clifford is there. Are you?