Take Some Career Risk for the Sake of Your Passion

Some people are natural-born risk takers. They’ve probably been accepting every challenge since those childhood dares on the playground. Try skiing down a black diamond the first time you strap on some snow boots? Sure! Eat one of those hot dogs that have been rotating next to the cash register at the neighborhood gas station for several days? Why not. Run onto the dance floor with a stranger and try out some new salsa moves you saw in a movie? Don’t have to ask twice.

Whether or not you are one who embraces stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown, it may be time to consider becoming just a little more of a daredevil when it comes to your career. It could lead to you enjoying a profession more fulfilling than you ever imagined.

A recent article on the Business website for NBC News includes the following passage:

Work that plays to your natural strengths and feeds your soul is just part of what constitutes a modern-day dream job, according to workplace experts and career coaches.

Other factors include feeling like you’re giving back or making a difference in the world, working for an employer that values what you do, and having the flexibility to balance work with the needs of family or outside interests, according to the experts.

The article goes on to share examples of several men and women who have broken away from the monotony of the job they were “supposed” to do or one at which perhaps they were quite good but did not evoke any passion.

For most of us, we spend more time every week engaged in our work and professional ambitions that we do any other singular activity. Shouldn’t this time be committed to a career that excites us, energizes us, and makes the most of who we are? Is your work doing that for you right now?

Maybe, like in the news piece, you are drawn to making a difference in community theater or working with animals. It could be that you want to work with children but your job rarely places you to contact with anyone under forty. Make the changes that you want to see happen!

You may find that the pay isn’t as great (or it could be even better!) or the prestige element is missing. How much does that matter to you? Weigh those factors against committing to a profession that brings you true joy and fulfillment. The trade off is there and then some.

If you aren’t in your dream job right now, will you use this year to decide what such a job might be like and then make some plans to go after it! Take Some Risk for the Sake of Your Passion!!!

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.