I was talking to a potential funder the other day about the work we do, when I felt his attention shift for what I was saying. Trained to pick up nuances, I stopped and enquired, "Are you with me? Should I go over it again?"
"Sorry", he said. "I was just thinking about how passionate you sound when talking about your organisation."
"But of course I am passionate about what we do", I replied in the tone I reserve for people who are stating the obvious. "If I were not passionate about the work, would I be here?"
To me it was a no-brainer. Why would anyone want to do something if they were not passionate about it? Yes, there are necessary evils like cooking, dusting and laundry that you have to deal with as best as you can. And yes, not everyone has the privelage of choosing to work because they want to, not because they need to, and often have to take a job that pays the most regardless of whether they like it the most. But, given a choice, wouldn't you rather take up a job that you are passionate about than one that means nothing to you?
And it is not just about the job you choose. Given a choice, wouldn't anyone choose to do something they are passionate about than otherwise? If you hate physical exersion, would you take up running as a hobby? If your book of choice is a fluffy romance, would you put yourself through the torture of reading Crime and Punishment, simply because someone decided it is one of the 101 books you should read before you die?
Whether it is choosing a career, or sliding down a mattress that is out of bounds for you - should you do anything unless you are passionate about it? Or is that just me?