Leveraging Your Passion & Finding Intrinsic Motivation

August 21, 2017

I am not about to tell you that I have everything figured out. I am still in the beginning stages of my plans but I have already learned an incredible amount from incorporating my passion into my work life. My love for music has consumed me from the first time I played a piano when I was three years old. It has always been my strongest passion but I have always been told that it is too difficult to pursue. However, I was, and still am, very stubborn and could never abandon my dreams, so they were always left on the back burner. Fast forward to February 2017, I attended a workshop called ‘Music as a Business: Mentorships for DIY Canadian Musicians.’ The workshop taught me several lessons on how to combine my passion for music with my professional aspirations. So, at the start of this summer, I launched the framework for my own artist brand. 


Leveraging my passion has already helped me grow in many ways. My stubbornness, (which I now call perseverance), has taken me out of my comfort zone, where I learn more every day. Passions keep you interested in your career and constantly challenge you to meet your goals. If you’re anything like me in the sense that you have been working solely based on extrinsic motivation, then passions are a great way to restore the balance between you and work. 


Connecting your passion and work is a great intrinsic motivator. Intrinsic motivation is the product of a direct relationship between you and your job, whereas extrinsic motivation is derived from outside factors and are applied by someone other than yourself; like your boss. Extrinsic motivators such as pay, promotions and benefits are also important in your motivation but should not be the centerpiece. My newfound intrinsic motivation has shown me that work can actually be exciting, (who knew?), and that it can help enhance my skills and qualities. 


I have learned that I have been much happier and more positive since I began pursuing music as a business. Other than the obvious reason that I get to do what I love, it has shown me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible and it has opened up some amazing opportunities. Naturally, doing something that I am passionate about has made me more attentive and focused with my work. I have become a perfectionist, but that has increased my work ethic. I am willing to put in more effort and go the extra mile for work because I love and enjoy it, not because I am chasing a paycheck. Confidence is another component that has contributed to my growth and is not to be underestimated. Believing in yourself gives you strength and can help you see more opportunities. Confidence has pushed me to aim a bit higher and has ultimately increased my productivity by expanding my perception of competence. 


Finding a work-life balance seems to be a common struggle but including your passion in your work can help you find that healthy balance. So, what are you waiting for? This can be your chance to get creative and be different! Starting can be as simple as brainstorming ideas, taking a workshop or connecting with coworkers based on your passions. Stay stubborn, persevere, and leverage your passion! Thanks for reading!


Amy Han

Director of Training, DECA U Guelph 2017-2018

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