Passion (from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) meaning to suffer or to endure) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something.
After my last Post, I thought I would research what Wikipedia said about passion. I was surprised when I saw that passion was derived from a Greek verb that meant “to suffer or to endure”. I never thought of passion as suffering or enduring. Instead, I have always followed the modern definition of “an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something”.
That passion has served me well at times, and has caused me to switch companies. Passion has worked for me well when I have worked for small companies. I drank the kool-aid and bought into the mission. I believed in what we were doing, and I enjoyed doing it. Eventually all that would change due to acquisition.
My passion has worked against me when I have worked for large companies. In fact, with one exception, I have changed jobs only after an acquisition. My passionate beliefs about our small company went against the political environment of the acquirer. Looking back, it was just the way it was supposed to be.
Someone once told me, there is life outside of Experian. In the year since I left, I have found this wise old philosopher was correct. There are lots of opportunities for passionate people.
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