The Importance Of Cultivating A Passion Outside Of Work

from Forbes

In a culture that rewards “hustle,” we seldom leave our laptops. Day in and day out, we are working on building our businesses or spending long days at work. While many of us have found ways to turn our passion into a paycheck, we’re multi-faceted beings who need passions outside of work and our businesses, too. 

Simply put, it’s important for us from a holistic perspective. Focusing on a passion that has nothing to do with your 9-5 or what pays the bills can actually enhance your performance at work, make you happier, and make you more creative. It’s really important to remember that creating a business out of your passion doesn’t have to be your reality. Passions can be independent of your work!

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  1. I love the ideas the post brings. It tells us how it is important to have other passions and hobbies outside of work. It also tells us how it can benefit us, stating, “Focusing on a passion…can actually enhance your performance at work, make you happier, and make you more creative.” I would like to point out that having a hobby can also relieve stress. defines stress as, “the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure”. Work can be aggravating and hectic (so can college). Most people don’t know how to deal with it and hold it all in. Stress can have som every negative impact on your mental and physical health. WebMD states, “Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.” So stress can literally damage your body. Studies show that having a hobby can help relieve stress. Very well mind talks about how hobbies relieve stress and have many benefits. You can find yourself more energized, less likely to have depression, and much more. Even something as simple as taking a few deep breaths can help you deal with your stress. Socializing with friends can give you social support to get you through rough times. In short, branching out not only makes you perform better in work but also helps you avoid the negative impacts of overworking, such as stress.

  2. I enjoyed this article because it explains the importance of having a passion outside of work and how it can actually make people more productive. I think that many individuals can be very caught up in their jobs because of the stress and expectations they place on themselves to be the best they can possibly be and make the most amount of money they can, but I think this has more components that just to base it off of a performance at work. Even for college students like myself, stress can cause us to lose sight of self-care. In a study done by the University of Massachusetts, they found students that 32.4 % had stress issues, and 27.8% had anxiety issues, which in my eyes is a lot of individuals feeling this sort of way just because of school. I think that we are so caught up in making the expectations we have for ourselves come true just like those who have real jobs, that we lose the time management skills in enjoying activities that bring us happiness or even begin to lose interest in them, which is not right. In the article, there were three points brought up. The first was that feeding into your passions can make you better at your job, the second being it gives an overall productivity boost and the third was that it gives us a greater sense of freedom and autonomy. These are all important in creating an overall better student and worker and I think that by having an activity we have other than what we do every day such as school or work, can help reduce our stress levels. There was a quote added in this article that reminded me of the significance of doing something you enjoy such as running or playing the sport you like because he said that “It’s all about living life on your own terms,” Dr. Kung said .. “Making time for my passions reminds me that I’m more than a doctor.” I think what he means by this is he feels that being able to express himself outside of being a doctor helps him feel more in control of his life and not feel as if the thing controlling him is his job. I think this feeling of only knowing just the actions of work plays into the theory of Marxism learned in my Business Ethics Class by Professor Wagnon and how Marx analyzes the relationship between slavery and wage labor and how as individuals, we can become alienated from ourselves and our activity just because of a job. We need to find what brings us happiness and make sure to incorporate it into our daily lives to stay away from the feeling of losing ourselves and our personalities to the tasks we need to get done.

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