This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the American Craft Council Baltimore Show “where more than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country gather under one roof.” The artists displayed incredible creativity and talent. Most striking, aside from the beautiful materials and colors, was the passion (not the Fifty Shades of Grey variety ) the artists showed as they described in intricate detail the genesis of each item they created whether large or small. Rarely are employees within the American workforce described as passionate. In fact, surveys of the 100 million Americans employed full-time in 2010-2012 revealed that 70 million of them either hated their jobs or were simply “checked out”. The Gallup pollsters say that Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward. Not Engaged employees are essentially “checked out.” They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work. So if this is so, are you spending your time in the “engaged” or “disengaged” group? Do you assume that it is other than your responsibility to find your passion? Are you afraid of doing so? Did you know that as a member of the not engaged, passionless group, you are more likely to experience emotions like worry, stress, and pain?
Ken Robinson says in his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything that the issue of disengagement stems from people not having found the thing that they naturally do well and that also ignites their passion. He calls this “the element”. Finding your element is essential to your well-being and ultimate success and, by implication to the health of our organizations. The thing is, very few people even try. Pursuing one’s passion and creativity may not be valued, but if you want to be “checked in”, it is your personal responsibility to try. It is an IAAM (It’s All About Me) activity! By the way, this does not suggest that you will always find your element at your job nor does it imply that you should quit your job if you don’t find your element there, but it is very likely that if you pursue it and try to integrate it into your activities frequently, you will be happier and more productive in all aspects of your life.
- Are you settling for a passionless life without creativity?
- As you look at your life plan, have you considered figuring out “your element”?
- Have you given up on creative pursuits thinking they are “a waste of time”?
- Do you believe all work related activities must be “serious” and “not fun”?
Until Next Time….
By the way, I’ll be speaking at two events in March! If you’d like me to speak to your group, email me at the address below!