Why Passion is Important, Especially During a Bad Economy

I absolutely LOVE this quote:

“Passion is not a luxury that needs to be jettisoned in tough economic times. It is the most essential force a person can bring to a challenging job market … not only because we tend to do our best when we’re passionate about what we’re doing, but also because passion is what inspires a person to keep pushing to find a way forward, no matter how tough the circumstances.”

– Lane Wallace, The Atlantic

Read the original article for more on why you need passion for your career here.

I find this article especially useful for new law grads that are having a tough time finding a job, and are maybe questioning whether they are really passionate about the law and whether they should give it a shot before giving up on it altogether. It’s also extremely useful for big law attorneys that want to quit their jobs but are afraid that this isn’t the right time because of the economy.

My two cents is that following your passions is always a good idea, regardless of the economy.  Obviously, your chances of succeeding in this pursuit will also depend on how well you plan for it.  But the reason I think following your passion is a good idea is because it is probably more likely for you to be successful and happy if you pursue your passion because you will simply have more motivation to work towards it.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.

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