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. The Forbes article, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work”, written by Stephanie Burns, describes the positive impact on individuals who participate in extracurricular hobbies and activities outside of work. It is important for people to participate in these sorts of activities because it allows them to focus their attention on something that isn’t work related. The article points out that tjose who are actively involved in their passion outside of the work environment are shown to have an “[enhanced] performance at work, [become] happier, and [are] more creative” (Burns). When people can take their mind off of work-related activities, it puts their mind at ease because they can focus their attention on a new subject. The three main benefits that are a result of employees cultivating their passion outside of work are that it increases their job performance, increases their productivity, and creates a sense of their own individual freedom. All of these benefits are just from allowing employees to do something they genuinely like.

    Nowadays, many people are consumed by their work and do not have the time to do things they have a passion for. Many of my friends who now work in a corporate environment do not have time to do things they enjoy because their workload consumes them. I can also say that I do not have the time to do things that I like because I am consumed with schoolwork and my internship. In the past, I have had to cancel trips, outings, and concerts because I had to prioritize my work or schoolwork. By not having a proper work-life balance, the article composed by Wayne Parker, “Top Ten Signs that Your Work-Life Balance is Out of Balance”, states that this “can easily lead to stress, dysfunction, relationship friction, or total burnout.” Principally, employers should try to start allowing employees to make time to partake in various activities that bring about a sense of pleasure because it affects the mental health of employees. I have seen firsthand some of these negative qualities come to life. My friends who do not have a proper work-life balance are visibly stressed and eventually burn out. The article that this reflection is based off of states that “workers that are happy are 12% more productive” (Burns). I can definitely understand how this would be possible because I think that if employees are able to bring joy to their lives by doing something like crafting, being at work wouldn’t phase them as much. If you think about it, if all an employee thought about and physically did was work, they would soon learn to resent it entirely and bring about that negative attitude to the organization. I completely understand and relate to the original articles reasoning as to how productivity would increase if people are given the chance during the week to partake in an activity they enjoy doing.

    Burns mentions in the original article that “creating a business out of your passion doesn’t have to be your reality.” Although I do agree with this statement, I also think people should be encouraged to create and join businesses that relate to their passion! My aunt founded a non-profit organization called Hope Loves Company, the only non-profit that is dedicated to the emotional and educational support to children that are related to someone that has ALS. She has changed many lives because she realized that although there are many support groups for families affected by ALS, there are not many specifically focusing on children, who are typically appointed as caregivers. If she didn’t decide to turn her passion of helping kids into reality, there are many kids who would have been negatively affected because they would not have gotten to experience the positivity that is derived from Hope Love Company’s efforts. When people turn their passion into work, they can purely enjoy what they are doing and what they are giving out. If people are not passionate about their job, they do not get pure satisfaction from work. Matt Wilson writes in his article, “Six Lessons Learned From Turning My Passion Into A Business”, that “when you do something you’ve dreamed of your whole life, you are going to enjoy your success even more.” Think about it like this: if you decide to pursue a career you’ve always wanted to since you were a kid, you are pursuing something that you are passionate about and can hopefully make a difference someway somehow. I feel as though the businesses that function effectively and efficiently are the ones who are passionate about what they do.

    According to the Burns article, “those who focused on doing creative work for other passions outside of their job performed on average 15-30% better at their job.” The skills that are developed from pursuing non-related work passions are essential for an individual’s growth within a company. Don’t get me wrong, work does teach essential life skills, but outside experiences are just as important. San Francisco State University says that people who indulge in hobbies and activities outside of work generate “creative problem solving and helping others while on the job.” These essential skills are learned which allow personal growth within an organization and can also be used throughout the organization. I think this is important for organizations to realize because this can contribute to the overall success of the company. It’s really crazy to think that just by simply allowing employees to do something they like it can create a better organizational environment overall.

    Especially with the coronavirus pandemic occurring and employers and educational institutions allowing their followers to work from home, I believe that the benefits of cultivating a passion outside of work will become more apparent. In New Jersey, fast-food places like Starbucks, where sitting down and doing work is encouraged, are implementing procedures where “in-store seating could be limited to improve social distancing” (Accardi). With the nation beginning to spend a majority of the time in their home, this will lead to more people participating in activities they enjoy doing. When I look outside, I’ve noticed more people jogging around the block and taking their dogs for walks. Working from home can be difficult, so getting the chance to do something that is mentally stimulating is very beneficial for employees and students. My cousins have to continue the year with their classes online, so my aunt has had to purchase activities that they can do so they don’t lose their minds. They have now taken up knitting, painting, friendship bracelet making, and so on. They would not have gotten the chance to focus on such leisure activities if it wasn’t for the corona virus promoting social distancing throughout the nation. By participating in activities we genuinely like, it allows us to feel like “we’re in control of what we do” (Burns). This allows us to feel like we have some control over our lives and that work doesn’t dictate over everything. While working from home, both school and my internship, I will take many breaks just to make sure I don’t feel consumed by work.

    To conclude, if employers allowed for their employees to participate in activities and hobbies that they enjoy outside of work, it would benefit the company overall because of the positive impacts on the employees. When employees are happy and not constantly consumed by work, they can bring that same positive attitude to the workplace. Employees are proven to be more productive when it comes to making time for leisure activities because it prevents them from being so stressed and ultimately burning out. I also think it’s important that people find or create jobs from their passion. I think that this contributes to the overall success of a company. People that participate in extracurricular activities also are able to learn new skills that they can bring back to the company. I think that the coronavirus is going to allow more people to participate in activities they like because of all the free time derived from being confined to their home. This may increase productivity because of the autonomy granted to their workstyle.

    References

    Accardi, Nicolette. “Starbucks May Transition to Just Drive-thru and Mobile Ordering Due to Coronavirus.” Nj, 14 Mar. 2020, http://www.nj.com/business/2020/03/starbucks-may-transition-to-just-drive-thru-and-mobile-ordering-amid-coronavirus-fears.html.

    Burns, Stephanie. “The Importance Of Cultivating A Passion Outside Of Work.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020, http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephanieburns/2020/03/07/the-importance-of-cultivating-a-passion-outside-of-work/#42aaf16d339e.

    “Creative Activities Outside Work Can Improve Job Performance.” SF State News, news.sfsu.edu/creative-activities-outside-work-can-improve-job-performance.

    Parker, Wayne. “10 Signs That Your Work-Life Balance Is Out of Balance.” The Balance Careers, The Balance Careers, 13 Oct. 2019, http://www.thebalancecareers.com/signs-your-work-life-out-balance-1271049.

    Wilson, Matt. “Six Lessons Learned From Turning My Passion Into A Business.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 5 Feb. 2015, http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2013/06/10/six-lessons-learned-from-turning-my-passion-into-a-business/#3ffb54753f3f.

  2. There’s an ideology that everyone needs to have a “thing” outside of work, as cliche as it sounds, and as cliche as the general idea of the article in Forbes is – it is inherently accurate. Our lives become so absorbed and involved with the work we do. It is always about, “meeting the quota(s)” and “meeting the deadline(s)”; not that I am a Marxist by any means but Karl Marx explicitly stated the issue of Capitalism in regards to alienation of oneself due to the labor that which we need to do. “The alienation of labour that takes place specifically in capitalist society is sometimes mistakenly described as four distinct types or forms of alienation // Alienation in general, at the most abstract level, can be thought of as a surrender of control through separation from an essential attribute of the self, and, more specifically, separation of an actor or agent from the conditions of meaningful agency. In capitalist society the most important such separation, the one that ultimately underlies many, if not most other forms, is the separation of most of the producers from the means of production.” In other words, as much as Karl Marx may be right, his logic is flawed in that he is not realizing the opportunity that which we have in society. We have the ability to pick and choose something outside of work, something that speaks to us. Something that makes us who we are.

    Granted, the relation to Karl Marx’s theory of Alienation is not what the article is about. But it is important, because it shows that there has always been this idea of having a passion no matter the century. Having a passion or a hobby outside of the work environment has been proven to increase productivity. When one is able to unwind and refocus they are able to mentally and physically recharge and recover.

    To further prove the article, while it may not be necessarily classified as a “passion” by some, but physical fitness is a great alternative to another hobby or passion (i.e. painting, writing, etc.) Anecdotal, but I can personally attest to the times in which I’ve spent five days a week at the gym in the recent months, that I have not only felt better mentally, but I am able to focus better while doing the school work. However, this time last year, I was not going to the gym and focusing on my physical and mental health in the same manner. My work and mood suffered – in and out of the class room.

    References:

    http://www.yorku.ca/horowitz/courses/lectures/35_marx_alienation.html

  3. I think that it is important to think about hobbies outside of your work, that even though you do spend a lot of time working it does not mean that you can not have outside hobbies. Having hobbies can contribute to your overall happiness and to how efficient you are when you go back to work. You can think about it like this, having a hobby outside of your work that you are actually passionate about and not something that you are doing because you feel the pressure to have a hobby. When you have an interest like that it can become a means of escape from the real world. Everybody no matter who you are sometimes you just need some time to escape from whatever it is that is troubling you in your life. Honestly sometimes life is just too much to handle, you may have everyone’s expectations to live up to or you might even have your own expectations that you need to live up to and that could possibly be weighing you down but having a hobby that you can immerse yourself into and escape with is will just bring you a sense of relief. The nice thing about escaping into a hobby is it gives you time to recollect and recuperate yourself. So, by the time you have to go back to work or go back to the real world you can feel refreshed which can then help you to preform better in the real world again. Another great idea in regard to your hobbies can be to take part in hobbies that you can do in a group such as painting, playing a sport, etc. There are a lot of people who are also trying to find healthy ways that they can escape from reality and by doing it together you will also be able to look after each other and just enjoy your hobbies more. Because I am pretty sure that everybody knows that everything is better when you do it with friends. So next time you feel stressed or feel like you need to get away or can’t live up to expectations take some time to recollect yourself by throwing yourself into a hobby.

  4. It was interesting to see that performing other activities in our free time is more productive to us than just relaxing and recovering from the long workday. I never thought that just having a hobby would make me a more creative person. The article stated, “ Many feel guilt when they allocate time to a passion rather than getting ready for work the next day or plotting a new business strategy.” This is what I normally believed when I saw my parents get home from work and how I felt when I got home from work. I remember my parents coming home to complain about their rough day at work. I did not see them go rush to one of their hobbies to make themselves feel like a more rounded out character. They wanted to come home relax and to take the stress off of the day. When I normally get home, I just want to go to bed.
    The article also said that the overall joy that we receive from doing these hobbies will give us an energy boost to help fulfill our other tasks more efficiently. It also said that “Economists at the University of Warwick found that we work harder when we’re happier workers who are happy are 12% more productive.” I believe this because someone in a good spot in life when everything is looking up will always have a better outlook than someone who is down on their luck.
    This was an interesting article to digest and to think about how mental wellness is a big factor in how productive a person can be on a day to day basis. While working in the modern-day, a person can get caught in a cycle where it feels like they are stuck in a hamster wheel. They say this is one of the biggest factors in employees being unproductive. With the addition of someone doing these hobbies, they can take their mind off of work for a brief moment, which allows the mind to take a rest from thinking on work.

  5. The Forbes Article, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion outside of work” by Stephanie Burns correctly describes why it is crucial that those in the workforce have hobbies other than work. Burns begins by stating, “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 doesn’t matter if a person is a garbage man or a CEO of a fortune 500 company, finding a passion can alleviate the stresses at work. It is not healthy for a person to be in “work mode” 24/7 constantly thinking about their job. It is easy for a person who has no passions and focuses on work too much to fall into a depression because over time they are draining themselves everyday from work while not receiving any happiness. Therefore, it is truly necessary for those who work to find something that makes them happy. Finding a passion allows people in work to truly enjoy life and be rewarded for working hard. For example, NFL wide receiver Juju Smith Schuster found a hobby in playing video games. Schuster explained that playing video games gives him a distraction from playing football and allows him to be himself.

    Burns continues the article by explaining a study, “The study reported that those who focused on doing creative work for other passions outside of their job performed on average 15-30% better at their job, which is quite significant”. This study is interesting because it shows that when people are allowed to do what they want to do, it makes them want to perform better at their job. Having a passion outside of work allows people to be happy, which matters the most. The people who work 9-5 jobs work to pay bills and provide for their family, but also to live a lifestyle where they can be free to do whatever they want.

    As someone who currently does not work, but attends school full time, I truly believe it would be hard for me to do well in school if I did not have any hobbies. Some hobbies that I enjoy are playing video games and exercising. Video games and exercising while at school has allowed me to not constantly think about the next test I have or what assignment I need to do text, but just to be happy. Overall, I agree with this article and hope that every person who works or goes to school, finds something in life that truly makes them happy because that’s all that matters in life.

  6. It is often said that getting paid to do what you enjoy is one of the biggest rewards in life. I believe it is a good idea to start doing a side activity on something you love to do and find a way to get paid for it. This does not have to be your main source of income but it is always good to have a side hustle, especially if it is something you love to do. Like stated in the article, joy gives a productive boost. When I am working on sports reporting, something I love to do, it gives me a productive boost so it allows me to get payed to do something I love. In class, we always stress the importance of making as many connections as you can and having a side passion can be a great way to meet like-minded individuals. This side hustle doesn’t necessarily have to make you money but it will benefit you in other aspect such as social skills, creativity, and more. Having this side passion can eventually lead to money or just be a good way of relieving stress after a long day. If this side passion does eventually become your job, you will never have to worry about dreading work again. You will love to go to work and the money you will receive may be life changing. This side passion can change your mood before you go into your main job and relieve the stress that that job brings. The internet, social media, and mobile devices have recently made side passions far more attainable. Being able to start a business essentially from your bedroom is very effective and has brought many good inventions to the world. As technology advances, more opportunities are available for whatever you enjoy doing. Social Media has connected everyone and gives you the chance to collaborate with other people in the same field. Side passions do not have to make you money but they are very positive if they make you overall more happier when you are at your profession. Finding a side passion should be someone everyone should be focused on attaining.

  7. In the current day and age, the society we all live in has placed great emphasis on two things, that are being productive and getting work done. Anytime we spend on things other than work is, therefore, unproductive, in turn making us feel as if we aren’t the great functioning members of society we are supposed to be. Leading to many not embarrassing their passions or hobbies outside of work as they feel as if it will take away from their ability to do their job, which would, in turn, make then expendable or just less functioning members of society. In a recent article titled The Importance of Cultivating A Passion Outside of Work by Stephanie Burns, this approach is discussed in-depth, with the article not only refuting this misconception but also showing the great importance of an outside passion from work. The article brings up three primary researched-based reasons as to why this is the case with the first one being that having a passion outside of work makes you better at your job. The article stating, that” The study reported that those who focused on doing creative work for other passions outside of their job performed on average 15-30% better at their job, which is quite significant”. Showing that if one does what to increase their job performance, maybe spending a little less time on work and more time on doing something their passion will help them by doing better at work while also providing them a little happiness. Which, according to the article as well is another thing that helps to increase job productivity as “workers who are happy are 12% more productive”. While not only have an outside passion that makes you more productive at work because you have something other than work to do, it also makes you happy as well, which also helps to increase your productivity. Therefore, when the acquainted happiness is tied in with the outside passion of work, workers end up becoming 27-52% more productive at their jobs. Showing just how important it is too not only work hard at work but also have a passion of some sorts after work to look forward to afterward. Thus, so that works end up doing better at their jobs and feel like even better functioning members of society, which will unequivocally end up making them even happier. The third and final reason in the article as to why having an outside passion is just so important when in the working world is that it helps to produce a greater sense of freedom and autonomy. With the article stating that “Finally, the day-to-day of doing the same job – even if you love it – can have the effect of starting to make you feel as though you’re just on a hamster wheel”. Therefore, by having a passion helps work escape the monotony of there day to day work life by coming home and being able to do something that they can control, such as a hobby of sorts. Thus, making having a hobby is so important because it not only makes workers more productive, but it also gives them a sense of freedom and control over the monotony of their day to day life.

  8. The importance of this article by Stephanie Burns cannot be overstated. Finding a passion is one of the most critical aspects of living a successful life. Many people talk about turning passions into work and making money from your passion. While that is very important and can lead to true happiness, finding a passion outside of work can be equally as healthy. As Burns mentions at the beginning of the article, in our culture we tend to be completely consumed by work. Spending all day on our computers and constantly thinking about work. A passion outside of all of this can help us unwind at the end of the day and focus on something else for once.
    Burns provides some great statistics and evidence to back up how beneficial a passion outside of work truly is. When talking about how it can help improve job performance, she provides a figure about Air Force pilots and professionals: “The study reported that those who focused on doing creative work for other passions outside of their job performed on average 15-30% better at their job.” This is a large number, showing that a passion outside of work can help a wide variety of people. She also says that these passions were not necessarily side hustles or anything requiring immense talent. This is also most likely a big reason why it can help job performance so much. A simple outside hobby that doesn’t require a ton of dedication can be effective in taking your mind off of work. This will lead to increased focus at work as you aren’t thinking about it 24/7.
    Burns also talks about how an outside passion can help give you a greater sense of freedom and autonomy. She uses the analogy of a “hamster wheel” to describe the feeling of many American workers. This is a very accurate way of describing it as in many jobs you may be doing the same or very similar tasks every day. Having a passion to focus on outside of work can prevent this feeling of a hamster wheel as it can let you take control over your life. Doing something you love on the side will make your everyday job much more tolerable and enjoyable.

  9. Getting a passion outside of work is a luxury that while it would be nice, is something that many people are unable to afford. The same website, Forbes, came out with an article in 2019 saying that 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. This number is outrageous, but it completely renders this article almost tone-deaf. This article talks about how people need to learn to put work down and get a hobby that they feel passionate about. While that is a great idea and I am sure many people would love to do just that, what it comes down to is that fact that people have to work almost all the time, and many Americans work more than one job to have enough money to get by. Sure, getting a hobby would boost productivity in the workforce but the reality is not that if people just had hobbies they would be more productive, the reality is that if people were able to work just one job for 8 hours a day 5 days a week and have a living wage, the one job they would have would see a major productivity boost. People are stretched too thin, and if they did not have to work as much as they did, they would be happier. A hobby might help make people happier somewhat, the idea that this is entirely what everyone needs to be happier is absolutely ridiculous and tone-deaf. The idea that a hobby might lead to people feeling more in control of their lives is also ridiculous for the same exact reason; if people had more free time to do things rather than being forced to work as much as they do to be able to live, they would definitely feel more in control of their lives. I personally do not get the times for hobbies, as majority of my time is spent between school and work, and as much as I would love to have some free time to enjoy my youth, life is ridiculously expensive and I just cannot afford the luxury of dropping out of school or quitting my job and getting a hobby to lead to more productivity in either school or work.

  10. Passions start off as innocent but have the ability to fuel into much more. Essentially, they can dictate much of your well-being as you mature. It is important to find something that makes you happy besides a person or place. Finding something that can distract you from the hardships and stresses of everyday life can lead you to a much healthier and productive lifestyle. Something as simple as cooking, or complex as surfing can easily diversify your routine. Imagine the satisfaction you can get out of nailing a recipe or perfecting your surfing technique. Doing so may offer a much different form of happiness than anything else can ever give.
    It is important to realize that not all passions will grow into a career, nor should that even be the plan. Separating your passion from your work is essential in order to receive a unique form of happiness from practicing it. Not everyone will turn their athletic passions into their career, but as long as you continue to love it for what it is your satisfaction will come. Although, sometimes you may come to find that you would much rather turn your passion into a career. For example, the priest who worked at my high school attended school for many years to become an engineer. He proceeded to work as an engineer while volunteering at a local church with children. Finally, he realized that he found much more happiness out of attending the church groups and activities, so he decided to go back to school to become a priest. By practicing his passion religiously, he discovered that it just so happened to be his future career!
    On the other hand, this article did open my eyes to the importance of having a passion. My entire life up until college revolved around sports. Track and field was my favorite, and until now I had forgotten how much joy it brought me. The feeling of breaking personal records and having amazing meets and practices is unmatched. I have decided that once the weather warms up, I will start running again. By practicing my passion, I envision much more happiness and much less stress.

  11. I like this article. It is so important for us as people to have passions outside of our everyday life. Whether it’d be something outside of school, or work, it is essential that we have other interests and desires outside of our work. Not only does it promote healthy living outside of your usual grind, but it also provides a secondary goal and passion in your life.

    While the article focuses on this idea, I wanted to speak on something else — the boundary between your career or livelihood and your hobbies. For many people, your hobbies begin the same — it’s something you may do on the side, it’s something you enjoy, it’s something that you wish you could do full time. To that last sentiment — is it really? I know a lot of people who started art as a hobby. They chased their dream, maybe went to art school, maybe began working in some studio. However, their idea of art has changed. Art is no longer something they do solely because they enjoy doing it… it’s something they must do now. Their livelihood depends on it; it is what pays the bills. They may still enjoy it, but it doesn’t bring them the same feeling that it once did.

    However, I’m not trying to paint this as a bad thing. Many would prefer to be working as something they’re a natural at, instead of anything else. Others would enjoy to keep their passion as a hobby. I think it’s up to the person, and that’s something to do a bit of analyses on. Many people are fine with working the 9-5 like any other person — there is nothing wrong with that. Many others would hate the idea of that and would desire to pursue their passion as a side hustle — and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that there isn’t a one size fits all solution. So while I agree with the article, for those who can’t resonate with the author’s words, there is nothing wrong with feeling that way.

  12. The article discusses how having a passion that does not have to do with a person’s job can help him or her perform better at work, as feeling joyful or happy has a large impact on the way a person thinks, and helps him or her perform better at work through productivity. The article ends with the idea of how having a hobby or passion can help people have a feeling of ownership over their lives.

    I found this article to be very interesting because I believe that it is an article that is beneficial for all ages of people that are in the workforce. I agree that it is important for people that are working to have a passion for something outside of their everyday work, as having a hobby can help them feel not as stressed at work. I think if a person has a hobby, then he or she will look forward to going home after work and being able to do the hobby. The article also mentions how many people feel guilty when they put their free time towards their passions instead of using it to prepare for the next day of work. I can understand why some may feel guilty doing this, as I can also relate to the feeling. When I spend time relaxing or doing something that I enjoy, I get a feeling of guilt as well, as I feel that I can be more productive with my time by preparing for my next workday or getting ahead on my school work. Although I may feel this way as well, I do not think that one should feel guilty for it. I do not think that a person should feel guilty for spending their free time doing a hobby instead of preparing for their next day of work because I think that everyone needs down time. If a person focuses on their job all throughout the day, I think that he or she will eventually feel exhausted and start to not enjoy their job. I also believe that having a hobby will break up a person’s routine of going to work, eating dinner, and going to bed. Having a hobby can help make life more interesting and bring joy into a working person’s life. Bringing joy into a person’s life through a hobby can then be brought into the person’s workplace, as he or she will feel more happy and will perform better at work.

    One reason that I particularly liked this article is because I have been struggling to find a hobby that interests me and is something that I can commit to while being so busy with my school work and part time job. I am hoping to start a new hobby while being home before I start my full time internship in May.

    One thing that I would have liked the article to include more of would be statistics or facts about how people perform better at work when they have a passion. The article does include some factual evidence, such as how the study conducted by San Francisco State University reported that those who focused on a passion outside of work performed 15-30% better at their job. I would have liked to see some examples of how these people performed better at work.

    Overall, I think that the article does a good job explaining how having a hobby or passion can help one perform better at work. I think that the article can help motivate people that are just entering the workforce or starting to become happy with their everyday routines, by informing these people how important it is to have a passion outside of work.

  13. I found the statistics for this article to be very interesting as many of us do not realize the effects that hobbies give us. Many people, including me, believe that we should be solely focused on our work rather than anything else since it is what brings in the money. This article allows for these people to see the benefits of actually putting down their work and picking up a hobby instead. Gaining a hobby outside of work can allow for people to live a healthier lifestyle and drop some of the stress that they are carrying with them. It was mentioned that these hobbies that make people happy also boost their productivity at work by 12% even though the hobbies have nothing to do with their work. I also liked that the article mentioned doing work for your hobby or passion outside of work could also increase productivity by 15-30%. I have a partnership business with my friend which was created by our hobby of thrifting. This is not either one of our only jobs, but it is an additional income that we find joy within. It is nice to thrift as a hobby, but it is even better seeing the return on doing what you love. I do want to mention that this is not always a good thing, sometimes turning a hobby into a side-job can make one lose the passion for it. I think that this is something important that one should know before turning their hobby into a side-gig. I personally tend to lose the passion for thrifting so I take a break from it and return to it when I feel better about it. Everyone should take control of their own lives and choose what is best for them. Putting work to the side and gaining a hobby should be praised and talked about more within companies in order to help themselves and their employees.

  14. I suppose it is everyone dream to make a living doing what they love. It is for this reason that many young kids aspire to be a professional sports player, for instance. You want to be able to have fun while still making enough money to pay the bills. As the author of this article alluded to, some people are able to turn their “passion into a paycheck.” However, I would say that most people are not that lucky. It was definitely not my dads dream to commute to NYC every morning and sit in an office all day crunching numbers. He does what most good fathers do, and does what is necessary to provide for his family. Working in the city takes it toll on a persons day. By the time he gets home at 7:30 every night, he usually wiped out. A few years ago, he would get back from work, go straight to the couch, watch some T.V, then get ready for bed. He wouldn’t complain, but he wouldn’t do much of anything. This article caught my eye, because my mom would always tell him he needed a hobby. He began making and designing a pool area around our house. While manual labor might not sound like a lot of fun, he loves it. It gives him something to look forward too, and gives him a sense of satisfaction when he completes something he sets his mind too. Human beings are constantly in search of satisfaction. The feeling of accomplishment will make anybody feel good. As opposed to his job where there are thousands of employess, this hobby is all his. He takes pride in knowing that he did a good job, and it translates to his everyday life. When your locked to spend 40 years of your life sitting behind a desk, you need all the happiness you can get.

    The authors comments about feeling guilty doing something you love instead of work, rings true for me. Going to play basketball, during the week at school gives me anxiety. I tell myself that i’m coughing up at least two hours that I wont get back. Time that could be better spent working on my studies. However those feelings of guilt are irrational. I find that giving myself things to do allows me to better manage my time. Instead of being able to say, “oh ill do it later,” I have to force myself to make time for schoolwork. This holds me accountable and gives me a sense of organization.

  15. This was a very informative article. Many people have very demanding jobs, in fact the case can be made that their jobs dictate their entire lives. Due the amount of time their jobs take up or need, the other aspects of their lives are limited or even nonexistent. It is important for these people, and even everyone, to have a passion outside of their work. This is what this article by Stephanie Burns talks about. I think that having a passion outside of your work can help ease your mind and even entire life. Work can be very stressful, and this can be somewhat of a personal escape from your job.
    Burns provides 3 positives to having a passion outside of work. The first one is “It Makes You Better At Your Job”. This was one that I was surprised about. I did not think something you enjoy doing outside of work, that might be completely unrelated, can help your work performance. I think that it is because you relax your mind more, therefore it is more ready for your job when necessary. The second one I completely agree with, its that joy boosts productivity. This does not apply to just work, it could be applied to something like cooking, writing, or even cleaning. You do things better when you are happy or joyful. “Economists at the University of Warwick found that we actually work harder when we’re happier – in fact, workers who are happy are 12% more productive.” When you are happy, you are in a better mood. You are more willing and even eager to do things or get things done. The last positive is that you have “A Greater Sense Of Freedom And Autonomy”. When you have a job for so long, you can get the feeling that it is repetitive. You feel that everyday is the same and scripted, there is no excitement or freedom. Having a passion outside of work can be your freedom and provide the excitement. You are the only person that can decide you passion, therefore it can be anything you want. That creates the mystery and variation that your job might not have.
    I think overall we should all have passions besides our main focuses. It can be a way to unwind or even get reinvigorated. The coronavirus has basically forced us to be inside our homes at all times. Having a passion that you can do inside your house will be very helpful. We should all try to find a passion of our own. It will help us get through this difficult time period.

  16. I recollect talking in an interview with an accounting firm about our hobbies. He said he liked building tables and desks and making DIY projects. I, on the other hand, love making music, writing it, and producing it. It was a very interesting conversation because both of us are in the accounting field. I didn’t understand how hobbies were an essential part of your life. My mom loves playing the violin, My dad plays volleyball. I notice as I am getting older that it makes them look forward to something during the workweek other than going to work and cashing in a check. It is a way that they can build relationships with their co-workers as well. It serves as a mental break from the rigorous week that a doctor, lawyer, or accountant might have. In a CNBC article stated, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example. He says that having a hobby shows a prospective employer that you have passion and drive”(Ward). In addition to helping your actual 9-5 job, it helps to get the job of your dreams.

    Hobbies help you be more healthy and active according to Marguerite Ward. “A study conducted by several psychologists of about 1,400 people found that people who said they engaged in enjoyable leisure activities had lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index” (Ward). When one just sits on a desk for 8 to 10 hours a day without standing up or walking it can take a toll on one’s health. Hobbies reduce stress as well. “Engaging in a mentally stimulating hobby reduces stress, according to research by Matthew Zawadzki, a health psychologist at the University of California, Merced”.

    The most difficult part about having a hobby is finding the time to actually do them. According to a Washington Post article stated, “You may have to give up watching TV every night, or you may have to force yourself to leave the office a little earlier each day. Make your hobby a priority”(Russell). I believe that Joyce Russell is making a great point about making your hobbies your priority instead of work in the sense that we work so we can keep doing our hobbies (passions).

    Moreover, the Forbes article explains that we feel a greater sense of freedom when we have hobbies. We don’t feel like we are trapped and living off of paychecks by paycheck. It makes us feel like we don’t have ownership of our lives and the organization/company has complete control over you. Hobbies make us feel like we are free and break the routine which is nice.

    In short, we should all pick up hobbies even though I love being in a routine. It is good to break the cycle and do other things than work. It brings a big amount of positives that help make you more productive, creative, and brings you joy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/career-coach-the-value-of-hobbies/2013/05/03/ffa53f2c-b294-11e2-bbf2-a6f9e9d79e19_story.html

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/02/3-science-backed-reasons-having-a-hobby-will-help-your-career.html

  17. In today’s world, creativity and having passions for something outside of one’s career are often viewed as being lazy or childish. In reality, as this article has explained, it makes people better at their jobs, happier, and more productive. I think it is crucial for people to take up different passions and interests, especially for younger people. There is an enormous pressure for future job candidates to be focused on their career path and in some senses, it turns people into work drones. People work best when they have a sense of freedom and autonomy in their lives. Also, by investing in one’s passions, there is a greater amount of innovative power in the world. By directing only, a bit of focus in another direction, there is a greater chance that someone finds their true passion. That is more meaningful to society than any “real career path” or corporate job. Often times there is lots of pressure from parents and peers to fall within a certain standard of society and only find certain occupations acceptable or “real.” I truly believe that this aspect of our culture is toxic and prevents society from reaching its true potential.
    Even if someone has found a passion within their career, I think it is incredibly important for individuals to branch out of their perspective fields and find a passion outside of the work. Finding a side passion can make life more enjoyable. It is important for people to be able to think creatively in any field they might work in. It allows for more creative solutions and in turn better working environments. I find it incredibly interesting to see now with the COVID-19 outbreak, how people who tend to only focus on school or their jobs are dealing with quarantine. I have noticed that there are a few different types of people when it comes to reacting to quarantine. Some people spend all day on their phones or watching TV complaining that they are bored, some try to make creative games, and some have decided to continue or even take up a new passion. I have noticed more often than not that those who try to take up another hobby seem far more content with the situation as it is.

  18. I believe that this article makes a clear point regarding recreational activities which do provide, among many benefits specified in the text, a positive contribution to a person’s emotional stability. Hobbies that reflect the true passion of individuals however, imply that the activity to which they dedicate the majority of their time is not of their entire interest, which would definitely seem illogical and wrong if it wasn’t for the capitalist context in which our society exists. In high school, political ideologies often appeared in our class discussions. I gained particular interest in the various theories developed by Marx and Engels, which appear in The Communist Manifesto. I’m taking this perspective to comment on this article because, coincidentally, it can be related to the theory in which I believe in the most. This theory is alienation. Hobbies play the same role as religion in a society, provide people with not only a distraction, but purpose and motivation that go beyond the duties that they are forced to perform. As the text explains, yes, there are individuals who have managed to turn their passion into their job or into a business, this does not mean that said individuals will be exempted from the responsibilities that this implies, because although their jobs may encircle their passion, they are still jobs. Hobbies are therefore a sort of therapy that help people distance de selves from the capitalist reality of society. Last semester I took a sociology course in which we discussed this same principle in relation to entertainment. Most households in the country own a Tv because it is the way in which people distract themselves after a long day at work or school. I believe that there is no way for all people to follow their true passions in their own way, society works as it is, and as long as it remains the same, hobbies will keep playing the role of alienation. It is just the way things are.

  19. I found this Forbes article to be extremely relevant. As business students I think most of us face the dreaded idea of a typical nine to five behind a desk. Over the years we hear terms like “pencil pusher”, “keyboard monkey”, yata, yata, yata. Essentially, this image describes men and women in the workplace to have fallen into a tedious routine doing repetitive workday in and day out. This details the importance of cultivating a passion outside of work. The opening line reads as such, “In a culture that rewards “hustle,” we seldom leave our laptops”. I find that a little ironic when put into the perspective of the pandemic. I think when this article was posted it was intended to encourage people to find hobbies they could turn do after work. Now that we’re pretty much all stuck at home, I think it’s also important to find something you’re passionate about that you can do in doing quarantine. Personally, I live in a small house and I’m going a little stir crazy. Now, I’ve started to go on runs, I wouldn’t say it’s a passion of mine, but it certainly breaks the monotony in the day to day. The author argues that one can be passionate about their work without it being their passion. Having a passion outside of school and work creates an outlet. Some people see that in yoga or kickboxing, some in art or music, it could even be gaming or that fantasy league almost every male between the age of 16 and 70 seem to be pretty passionate about. Forbes released similar article in 2015 titled “The Importance of Having an Outlet” by Ryan Frankel. This focuses on entrepreneurs specifically. Even though it is slightly more outdated it contains relatively the same message as this article. So, we see that outlets aren’t anything new, but businesspeople notoriously have to be reminded to find something they love outside of work.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanfrankel/2015/10/30/the-importance-of-having-an-outlet/#132a757a1ae8

  20. From a personal or practical matter, having a hobby outside of your line of work is more fulfilling, but I do think it is debatable whether or not it is truly “ essential”. Some people are perfectly satisfied in their career and strive to improve within their jobs, and do not need a hobby outside of that. I feel that if you are truly content with your occupation, then finding a hobby outside of that is not as important. People should strive to work in a field they feel passionate about, and genuinely love their job. However, I do feel that people should still have hobbies separate from their line of work, simply for their overall happiness. At some point, everyone become stressed with their work and need something to escape from that. A fun, creative hobby can provide an outlet for them. Also depending on what their hobbies are, it will most likely contribute to both their physical and mental health. People who run, go to the gym or do any sort of physical activity outside of work will reap benefits to both their physical and mental health. Even hobbies that do not revolve around exercise will most likely see benefits to their creativity, and overall mental health. Stephanie Burns article, “The Important of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work” highlights the idea that having hobbies unrelated to your job will make you more productive overall. She describes how people with creative hobbies display improved job performance in multiple fields, as well as an overall mood boost.
    I think people with hobbies outside of work can be fulfilling to some people, but overall I do not think it is essential. It can provide people with a creative platform that they may not necessarily have at their job, keep their mind occupied while not focusing on work, and simply make people happy. As long as their hobbies do not negatively impact their performance at work; if something brings joy and creativity to one’s life, they should do it.

  21. This article discussed a very important topic that often does not get talked about. The article stated that it is now popular and normal to be constantly working. This idea that constantly working or building the next great business is great but sometimes it is okay to take a break. Nowadays it is completely normal for a person to work all the time and for that kind of lifestyle to be applauded, To even think about taking a break might be seen as a lazy nonproductive person. The author, Stephanie Burns, states that it is better to step away from your work and find a passion that you truly enjoy. Burns states that pursuing a passion that is separate from your work is beneficial to your life is multiple areas. I found this article interesting because though I do not have a job, I am a full-time student and a Bonner Scholar, that feels like a job in its own way. Sometimes I forgo going out with friends and relaxing because the thought of falling behind in my work is like a nightmare. When I finally take a break from my school work I feel guilty because I know that there is work that needs to be done. But after reading this article I found that it is okay and great for my work performance when I take breaks to pursue a passion of mine. When I am involved in Bonner that is a passion of mine that I am pursuing but even then I am obligated to my responsibilities when I signed up for the opportunity. The author states that having a passion that is separate from your work can make you even better at your job because you are happier. This article made me realize that I should not feel guilty about taking time away from school work, to do something that exercises my creative abilities.

  22. I found this article, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work” to be incredibly important and relevant. While this article focuses on the workplace, my immediate thought was how important this is when it comes to students in school as well. Students most definitely have a tendency to get completely absorbed by their schoolwork, which, as this article points out, can lead to worse performance. When people have some sort of hobby outside of work, it makes them better at their job, increases their productivity, and gives them a sense of freedom and autonomy. In my mind, it feels like something to look forward to when you need to get your work done.
    In the house that I share with other students of a variety of majors, I have seen each one of us develop a laser focus on our schoolwork/work that has led to us becoming run down and performing worse. I and another housemate have days that we spend all day in class, doing schoolwork, and working with no time for anything else. However, I do feel that if I were able to do a hobby that was productive that I enjoyed that say it would make all of that work feel like there was less pressure and probably make be more productive in the schoolwork and work that I have. In the spring semester last year, I had joined a sorority in an effort to increase my involvement on campus and one of my main concerns was that having this activity outside of schoolwork would lead to me having less time for schoolwork. However, while I was spending less overall time doing my work, I was actually performing better and ended with a higher GPA than my first semester because I had something outside of schoolwork to look forward to.

  23. This article is spot on right from the beginning. Nowadays, people are so engrossed in their job and their work that they feel guilty if they try to have a life outside of their work. They believe that if they take time off that they are slacking in their responsibilities and that they are not giving their full attention to their work. The article stated that pilots who spent time focusing on their passions as well, performed 15% better than the people who did not focus on other passions. This goes to show that there is importance to spending time doing the things that you love. While reading this article I thought about my own self and if I was spending enough time growing my passion. I love music, playing instruments, singing, and learning new instruments, but I started to wonder if I was giving myself the opportunity to do that. I used to have a schedule for when I would take time to pursue my passion and when I would stay and do my work, but as my workload increased, the less and less my passions were being pursued. This ultimately lead me to barely playing my music and having the life slowly drain out of me. The excitement I have while playing music lead me to have excitement while doing work, which helped me enjoy my work. My passion also helped me think more clearly which in turn helped me be creative and thought out while doing my work. There are many benefits to having a balance in life, and we have to remember that pursuing your passions does not equate to laziness with work.

  24. The glorious stages of life. If you really think about it, we go through so many development modules as we grow. It starts from the moment we are born through preteen then fast forward right into adulthood focusing on our families as well as our careers. Eventually we get so indulged we lose sight of the little things we enjoy doing.
    It becomes so one sided. It is as if the balance is lost. In most cases we don’t even realize it. This article makes so much sense. I can totally relate as a metaphor of losing the sense of ownership over my life. On many occasions I have felt as if I became a slave to my everyday routine. All work and no play gets old after a while. It becomes stagnant and that is not healthy for anybody. This article isn’t implying to neglect your responsibilities however it is saying is ok to take a breather. Take a step back and incorporate that balance you once had. Get reacquainted with a hobby you enjoy doing or find a new one. We all need it. We all need a sense of balance to be rejuvenated.
    In most cases as we work towards our goals to success, we still have our hobbies incorporated in our everyday life. Regardless of what those hobbies are. They may be hanging with your friends, going for brisk walk, playing soccer or even reading a book. The sense of freedom to balance out our everyday lives still exists. Eventually we get so caught up in our careers, family or both in our adulthood. That we lose site of the little thing we enjoyed doing. In a way it is as if we become slaves to our achieved goals that we once worked so hard to create.

  25. Some jobs only have you working 9-5 every weekday. Typically with those jobs, one does not do work outside or elsewhere. Once they leave the office, they typically do not have any other kind of work to do. They are free and their jobs are done for the day. That is a good thing, but it is also a bad thing. If one is passionate about something, they should have that passion outside of work as well. If one continues it outside of work, they keep their motivation going. If one keeps going with what they love, they feel like they have a purpose for their job, and it isn’t something just to pay the bills. Focusing on other things that one is passionate about rather than paying your bills is important too. It can make you work better, harder, and it can make you happier. It also makes people more open-minded and creative. Passion outside of your work can be a very important thing to have, as it keeps your mind sharp as well. Having things that people can enjoy for fun is a way for people to be able to bond with others and have them destress from their actual job. They can get their mind off of things and they can learn so much more than they thought they did. It shows people that life is about several things, rather than just your job. However, if one has a passion and it can be incorporated into their jobs that would be the best of both worlds! They can get two birds in one stone.

  26. Working and finding a 9-5 job for many is what they are looking for to get a jump start on their career. Many Americans work 9-5 and although it pays the bill and lets them buy and do things, many of them still seem miserable. Having a hobby that is outside of your everyday routine is important to have. I know myself, although I do not hold a 9-5 job still have my passions outside of my daily routine as a full-time student with an internship. Frankly, my work week persists of 60+ hours and I still work time for my passions because It is what keeps me going in the end.
    Simple things can be your passion for doing puzzles or can be huge projects like woodworking or working on cars. Having multiple can also be a great outlet. I know for myself I like to play video games when I do not have a lot of time and when I do have extra time on the weekend, I go and work on my project car. Having these things, although I love what I do, keeps me from overloading on my everyday tasks and not having them turning into something less enjoyable. As the article states, you do not want to be “running on a hamster wheel” because that is what turns what you love into what you hate. Especially if you found a job that you like, you do not want to overload it and burn yourself out. All in all, I think that this article is important for many to read and will help people express and motivate themselves.

  27. Steve Jobs once said, “You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And, the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. I will agree with many of his messages and his work mentality, I slightly disagree with this quote. Once you turn your hobby into a profession, it ceases to be your hobby anymore. We pursue hobbies because it’s an outlet to blow off some steam and get some relief after a grueling workday. When that hobby becomes a job, it becomes too tedious and you will not enjoy it as much as you did when it was just a hobby. However, with the lockdown in effect, the majority of people have more free time in their schedules that they can utilize developing an existent passion or discovering ones that they didn’t know about. Personally, I always had a passion for working out, I found it very difficult not being able to go to the gym and maintaining my workout schedule. However, I found that working out at home is interesting and involves many creative ideas to mimic a workout at the gym while maintaining the same level of resistance as if I were to work out at the gym. A lockdown can be a difficult and complex time, as nobody is used to isolation. However, if we organize our time and set a certain schedule with activities, we can take full advantage of this time. Last but not least, it its essential to maintain a positive attitude, focusing on the here and now, and what motivates you to keep moving forward in your day-to-day life. This is sure to be a complex period, but these are the challenges that define us as people, so take heart and keep moving onwards.

  28. Sometimes, work can be stressful. Working 9-5 Monday-Friday results in people finding themselves tired and stressed from heavy workflows. Even in school, students find themselves stressed and tired by the heavy workloads of 5-6 classes worth of assignments and exams to study for. Having a passion outside of the workplace can make people more productive, happier, and more creative. I also find that by having various passions at school, that it makes me more productive, happier, and more creative. A passion can be whatever you like doing, no matter how big or small. I have friends who have passions such as painting while some of my friends are passionate about racing dirt bikes. I find myself to be passionate about sports, in high school I was a three sport athlete. Sports have always been a huge part of my life, whether it was starting to play at the age of 5 or cheering for my favorite sports teams my whole life, sports have always been there for me and I like to unwind from my day by meeting up with friends and playing basketball or even talking to my friends at night and playing Playstation together.
    I think it is important for everyone to find something they are passionate about because I believe it can increase their whole quality of life. If you have something to look forward to after a long day of work, you will be more productive in your work because you know there a reward waiting for you once you clock out. Also, having something to be passionate about will make you a happier and more creative person. It can also lead you to meeting new people,e who share the same passions with you and you can build friendships and networks this way.

  29. This article brings into light an important need for creative freedom in our lives. Many individuals work very long hours in their lives, and specifically within my major of accounting. There are always stories how working these very long and brutal hours does have an effect on efficiency in the workplace, that can be prevented by focusing some time on a passion. This could be anything from music or writing to even physical activity. From the outside, specifically looking at accounting careers, there are a lot of views that show the long working hours and time restricting the ability to pursue a passion. After attending many organizational meetings and panels at my university, I found that the most successful leaders that came to visit are ones with very strong involvement in their passions outside of their work. They explained they found their happiness in life but not only finding the right job that is suited for them, but also securing the want and execution of a passion you have. Obtaining this mindset allows you to improve your overall happiness and causes a boost of “overall productivity”, in the workplace as stated in this article. I agree with this because school can almost be considered a job for many students. The workload and continuous repetition of assignments and class meetings can cause a decrease in motivation if there is no way to have an outlet in the world that results in personal happiness. From the article The No.1 Contributor to Happiness, researcher Angus Campbell states, “Having a strong sense of controlling one’s life is a more dependable predictor of positive feelings of well-being than any of the objective conditions of life we have considered.” From all of these successful mentors that have spoken to me how they found happiness and success in their life is by setting up important guides that will help steer you in the right direction. For them it would be family, hobbies, personal growth and other very meaningful attributes to always keep in mind. If they meet these consistently throughout their life’s journey, they have confidently seen their happiness increase. I started to establish some guides for me as I move forward in my life such as connection with my family, maintaining a strong community, and personal growth to help me find a way to gain happiness. I started to find motivation in exercising and happiness in my growth of knowledge in and out of school. I know the positive emotions I am building can establish a strong foundation of success at my work, but it can also apply to other situations that arise in my future as I continue to build on my happiness and my own success. What are some of the things that bring you happiness?

  30. It is very true about how important finding a passion can be for anyone. Life is meant to be lived. It is meant for one to go through challenges and become the person they aspire to be. I feel a human without purpose is a s good as a dead man. Living life with a purpose just increases your drive to achieve a goal and live as well. In the article, Stephanie mentions things people could do to improve their lives. She also talks about how having a passion for something else besides work can actually make you more productive at work. I agree with her in many ways. Personally, I have been through a lot of changes in my life. I also like to reflect on these changes and how I could learn from them as well. If there’s one memory that relates to these circumstances then I have to say I am not doing so bad. I remember in high school, all I used to focus on was school and grades. That was the most important goal of mine. I felt that I would be a failure without having good grades. So I made it a mission to focus on my grades. Towards the end of semester, I noticed my motivation was decreasing and I was spending less time focusing on school related materials. This was due to the fact that I was not focused on sports that I was participating in. Although, I love sports so much, it just wasn’t a priority anymore. I went through that semester starting off with A’s and ended with a few B’s in my grades.When I look back, I could have spent more time playing soccer since I loved it so much. I could have enjoyed that time instead of spending most of my time on just school work. This caused my productivity and focus to substantially decrease. That is something when I look back I would like to change.
    As Bart shares his experience with passion outside of work. I like how he references school as a job since most school activities tend to be repeated on a daily basis. It gets very boring and at times makes one lack motivation to perform. I also agree with obtaining a mindset that allows you to become more happier and productive. Personally, I am working on my personal development so I have set goals and plan to achieve them. Knowing I want to grow personally, I am able to find motivation everyday to continue working and pursuing my goals. One last thought to leave, is your goals driving you to be productive on a daily basis?

  31. I agree that one must have a hustle outside of the 9 to 5 job that they go to Monday through Friday . As stated in the article, doing the same thing over and over can cause one to feel like they are on a hamster wheel that they can never get off of People of all ages tend to wan to do thing that they enjoy , that can bring them fun and not stress . Although some people love their conservative jobs , they have more freedom to be more creative and step outside of the box when they are running their own outside business. Doing repetitive work can cause one to lose sight of the creativity that is within them, leading them to miss out on many opportunities. Most people feel that since they have a talent or know how to perfect a craft, that they must use it for monetary purposes, which is not the case. Outside hobbies and talents can help boost morale and overall happiness, which can later be helpful during their 9-5 job. They will be happy to tell and show their coworkers the art paintings that they did , or how great they sung during karaoke, everyone wants people to know that they are a different person once their shift ends. This can build more of a connection with coworkers because, there may be people who share the same interests as you , now you are hanging outside of work together, which can overall cause a better workplace environment. Overall, having a passion for other things outside of work can actually help one to love and perform better at their 9-5 job , because they feel so happy when building their craft and want to continue to have the same energy once they come to work.

  32. Work and take up a lot of time in people’s lives. Many people spend their long days at work and then come home and continue that long day. While it might be very possible for people’s passions just to be work but it is important to have passions outside of work. This article outlines the importance of having that passion outside of work not only for health but also for holistic purposes. It said in the article that passions outside of work and make you happy or make you more creative I can better assist with your performance at your 9-to-5 job. Passions can vary from reading a new book, cooking, painting, learning a new skill but they all have one thing in common and that is developing your mind to make you a diverse person But also offer you that break from work that some people may need. One of the first reasons that are noted in this article is that it does make you better at your job. Making sure your mind is constantly working in many different ways will let it perform better and takes your focus away from work which is sometimes what is needed. Stress can take a big toll on people’s lives and giving your brain a time to relax and be stress-free is important for continuing on with the work that you might do best. The other reason outlined in this article is that the joy that you might get from these outside hobbies could lead to an overall productivity boost. Letting your mind have a creative side to it could ensure happiness and joy and have an overall larger impact then people might think. Mental health is very important when you are involved in a stressful job and it is important to take care of yourself. One of the biggest things that people experience during this time is mental illness and by preventing any extra stressors that could be put on your life, you can perform better in your daily activities. Things like reading, knitting, and painting could be more relaxing hobbies which could result in more happiness and less stress. Lastly outlined in this article is for having a better sense of freedom. Having that outside love for different things in your life could make you feel freer and gives you more time to enjoy the smaller things in life rather than the paycheck you’re receiving from your 9-to-5 job. That feeling of freedom could relay in your daily work and could overall have a better impact on the way you communicate with your coworkers, higher-ups, clients. As a college student, I feel the need to have an outside passion really helps me in my daily school work and will eventually help me when I need to pursue a career. By giving my mind the space it needs and enjoying those smaller details of life, I have been able to completely separate my work from the enjoyment which has made me an overall happier person. I would recommend to anyone to have that side hobby to keep them occupied, especially if they have a lot of stress taking over their daily lives.

  33. This article by Stephanie Burns is definitely one that hits really close to home for me, especially this semester. Oftentimes, many of us being college students are always doing something to help us more forward in our career as quickly as possible. The word “hustle” is one that we have all heard and come to understand as something that we need to do especially in this time in our lives. Personally, I have a full time co-op this semester and I have really struggled with maintaining a work/life balance since I am also a full time student. A lot of students believe that there should be a balance when we have the time for it, but this article is very eye opening in the sense that it highlights there are benefits to having this balance and that it can ultimately help us in the long run.
    The author brought up a great point explaining how this balance actually helps individuals become better at their jobs and increase their productivity levels. Employees have a higher chance of burning out more quickly when they keep working continuously. By taking continuous breaks, it allows the mind to reset and therefore can produce better quality work rather than working straight through. In addition, finding a passion outside of work will allow for a change in the daily routine as well. The days can get repetitive even if it’s for a job that someone loves. Being interested in pursuing a passion outside of work will be something different from the hard work everyone does during the day. It ultimately becomes a change of routine and is an outlet for the brain to engage something creative, fun and relaxing.

  34. This article describes the positive impact on individuals who participate in extracurricular hobbies and activities outside of work. It was explaining that taking a break from work and relaxing your mind can result in better work performance. It is extremely important to not surround yourself with work 24/7, otherwise your performance will suffer. Being able to take a break from your stressful work life gives you a feeling of freedom. Not only from a business perspective, but from a mental perspective as well. It is important to give your mind/body a break every once in a while to recoup from all the hard work you’ve been doing. Business owners and managers should promote some time off every now and then to show their employees that they truly care and appreciate them. As stated before, this will result in much better work performance, and it gives employees something to look forward to after the job is complete.
    Owning 3 businesses, I know first hand how important it is to take a break once in a while. Unfortunately, I don’t do it long enough. I have tried to develop my business into a hobby so I enjoy putting in work instead of dreading it. It has come to the point where I don’t classify my “work” as real “work”, rather a hobby. Viewing “business” as a hobby makes it a lot easier on your mind when you work 20 hour days without taking a break. Having a work-life balance is very important for everyone to have.

  35. Some people are very lucky to work what they love to do. Some people are not and they are just focused on getting that pay check. Some people need to learn that it okay finding a passion and doing it even though it has nothing to do with their job. It is nice finding a passion because it keeps one distracted and motivated, it can bring you happiness. San Francisco State University conducted a research and concluded that 15-30% of people perform their job better when they focus on something else outside of their job. Since it brings you happiness, it motivates you and gives you something to look forward to. This article says that “it gives you a sense of control of what we do… its about living your life on your own terms.” I find this to be motivational for me. Hopefully, when I am older I am blessed to be in a career that I love and brings me a sense of happiness but until I get there I will find something else I love to do just to keep me sane. I have had some teachers in high school that didn’t like their job and I can completely notice it and I refuse to be someone like that. I don’t want someone to look and me and think I am in misery or unhappy. I never fully understood why they would choose a profession they were unhappy in but maybe they just needed to find a something they loved to do on the side. That could have changed their way and the vibes they were giving off.

  36. Earning a living is a necessity, earning an extremely profitable living, is a goal. A goal many individuals in this world work endlessly to achieve, making substantial sacrifices along the way. Regardless of what sacrifices people make, happiness should never be one of them. Many individuals strive to involve their passion in their career, or focus their career around their passion. Unfortunately, the yearning for success and profit can often turn one’s passion into a 9-5 obligation. It is highly recommended by medical professionals worldwide to separate work and pleasure for maintaining mental health. Happiness and distraction are vital for maintaining a positive and productive mindset.

    Having a passion or integrating free time into one’s schedule are necessary attributes for success, contrary to popular belief. “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.” Many individuals are overcome with the guilt of laziness as they partake in free time, leading them to partake in it rarely or not at all. In actuality, not having integrated free time hinders one’s success and productivity. “The study reported that those who focused on doing creative work for other passions outside of their job performed on average 15-30% better at their job.” Regarding productivity, those are substantially significant increases.

    One of the primary reasons free time increases productivity is an increase in happiness. “Happiness and joy have a larger impact on us than we think, and can also help us perform better at work through our productivity. Economists at the University of Warwick found that we actually work harder when we’re happier – in fact, workers who are happy are 12% more productive.” Once more, a rather significant increase. Happiness in life is vital for mental health and should be achieved both in and out of the workplace. Positive environments are also known to aid morale and productivity. One of the greatest contributors to happiness is the sense of autonomy, or control in one’s life. A hobby or passion that fuels creativity gives individuals a sense of control in their lives outside of the workplace, motivating them to achieve that feeling more frequently. I personally find free time extremely useful when completing assignments as I use it as a form of motivation. Without a light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll always live in darkness.

  37. It’s interesting how the idea of having a hobby that does not in some way produce revenue could be a bad thing is what our society has come too. Many believe that to have a passion not related to your work is a waste of time, but there are studies and evidence that says otherwise. Hobbies are a great way to boost your creative thinking, since a hobby is anything that you enjoy doing. Because a hobby is uniquely yours, it can be tailored to whatever you like, and that in turn allows you to express yourself however you like. The freedom to express yourself is often taken for granted, and is a great way to excersize your brain, as well as keep your mental state in check. Being happier in general will make you better at everything you do, including your work. It’s important to keep your hobbies outside of your work. Your hobbies work best when they are just for you; no stress of worrying about a customer oor losing money, just enjoyment of the activity. Even deciding to make money off of your hobby can still be negative overall, as eventually it will turn from a positive outlet into another job, and it can no longer be a positive outlet.
    The Average American works 44 hours a week, with some saying they work atleast 50 hour weeks. It’s no surprise, then, why so many workers lack a hobby that is not work related. In many cases, people all ready have a hard time supporting themselves and their families. A hobby might not be sustainable economically speaking. And when it comes to free time, many americans work more than one job, which leaves the free time besides caring for family very low. There are, however, many hobbies thatrequire little to no investment and not very much time either, such as writing or drawing. Small creative outlets work just the same, and they allow you to have a free place to express in a world that allows you little too no free time.

  38. Growing up Ive always said that when Im older I want to work in a field that I have passion for and can have fun in, well as I got older I realized that isn’t very easy as most Americans work a job that they hate or just do it for the paycheck, thats why I agree with this article that it is critical to have some sort of passion or hobby outside of the workplace, this article from Forbes points out how beneficial this can be with three main reasons that show why feeding into your passions can actually help you inside and out of the workplace. The first reason the writer of the article Stephanie Burns brings up is that having a passion outside of work can actually make you better at your job, I agree with this as you shouldn’t make your job your entire life, the article mentions a study from San Fransisco State University that researched how having a creative passion outside of work can help you preform at your occupation, I found this very interesting as I didn’t realize how much hobbies could help you do your job better. The next point brought up is that “joy leads to an overall productivity boost” this point makes a lot of sense as workers that are happy at work will generally perform better, typically a worker that is unhappy wont want to be there and wont preform well. The final point is “A Greater Sense Of Freedom And Autonomy” this point is saying after working the same job everyday could make someone go crazy, we all need a break from the regular daily grindstone, having a sense of ownership and control over our lives can give clarity and end up being beneficial in the long run. I completely agree with all the points this article is making as I realize how important it can be to have some sort of leisure activity outside of the workplace in order to keep your sanity, as doing the same thing everyday over and over again will surely make you hate life. Since I’m still a full time student I dont have a full time job yet but when Im eventually working a 9-5 I plan to take up a lot of hobbies and play sports in my free time as I realize it will help my productivity at work.

  39. Everyone knows the banal platitude: “if you like what you do you will never work a day in your life.” How dreadful. I believe that whatever it is one enjoys doing, if he or she practices it for ten hours a day, five days a week, for years on end, it will likely lose its charm after some time. Without respite, one may grow to harbor disdain for the activity they once loved. I hold to two ideas, the first being this: That it often happens that upon engaging in a new enterprise or hobby one can find that this new thing is so attractive that they, grow positively enamored with it, and yearn to practice it daily. This is just like love, for lovers are often so smitten in the initial throws of their relationship that they want to marry immediately, which is not necessarily a bad thing. One may likewise wish to make whatever interest their career, which is not a bad thing. The problem comes when time takes its toll on such activity, and it loses its charm, or a wife suddenly does not seem so captivating or attractive anymore. People often err at this point, by putting aside their spouse, or quitting their jobs. I believe that through persistence in a hobby or by continuing to love one’s spouse, the initial charm of an activity once lost can be replaced by a more mature kind of interest fostered by curiosity. Having mastered a hobby or job, to take it to place not considered beforehand, or do something with your spouse that will strengthen your bond. The second maxim I maintain is that it is necessary to retire from an activity so that the brain may return to it even better disposed. Now, the love analogy is not appropriate here, I should not mean to cheat on your spouse. I do mean that having more than one interest may facilitate one’s appreciation for his or her primary interest or career.

  40. I really love reading articles like this because this is what everyone should be hearing in today’s world, especially for the younger generation. Many kids in my generation are going to college for things they do not enjoy and want to get jobs that they do not want just because of what they paycheck is going to be at the end of the day. While financial security is one of the best things to have, it is not what we should be searching for as a young adult. Like this article says, we should be searching for this that interest us most no matter what. We should not feel guilty of doing things that make us happy rather than completely focusing on work for your job that you do not necessarily have the biggest passion for. In my opinion, it is through doing what you love that you eventually find your calling in life to what you should be doing. Often times it is even when you are so deep into doing what you love that opportunities seem to fall into your lap. This is when you may have thought getting a job that you enjoyed was looking slow, but life always has a way of bringing opportunities to you that you are passionate about if you are constantly working. Doing what you love also does not necessarily have to provide you with the most money. If you are able to do what you love but you cannot live the most lavish of magazine cover lifestyles, that is still the perfect life. Most of the time the people that have the things on magazine covers are not happy with their life because of how no material things can make you feel whole in life. The only way you can feel whole in life is finding what you were put on this Earth to truly do. A lot of people would look at that statement and ask how they will ever find what they actually had put her to do. I question that same thing myself, but I think the secret is to expose yourself to enough things and understand the fact that there is no specific time that it will come, but you will know when it eventually does.

  41. Stephanie Burns is hitting the nail on the head by bringing up the often-overlooked side of workplace success: an engaging life outside of the workplace. In today’s competitive, work-driven environment employees are encouraged to pursue a career that they are passionate about, with the reasoning that, by working in a field that you are passionate about, work doesn’t feel like work anymore. This is supposed to have the effect of making us happier and more motivated to make a difference and be a better employee for whichever company we decide to work for. Unfortunately, this strong push to develop a work-related passion is driving the younger generation to have no lives outside of their careers, perhaps best put by the Harvard Business Review, who found that “young people rank achieving their career passion as their highest priority — above making money or getting married. Finding a fulfilling job was deemed nearly three times more important than having a family by the teenage respondents”. Especially in America, this line of thought has driven individuals to pursue their careers to the exclusion of most other elements of their lives, to include myself. I work two jobs as well as go to school full time, so I am well versed in what “pursuing passion at work” feels like: a seemingly endless cycle of work where I try to look at the work itself as my passion because it can feel like the only way to get through it all. We work multiple jobs to pay for the privilege of going to college to work at learning a profession, so that we can work longer hours at a salaried job that we work hard at in hope of a promotion so that we can be rewarded with more work.

    Harvard Business Review on The Unexpected Benefits of Pursuing a Passion Outside of Work:
    https://hbr.org/2019/11/the-unexpected-benefits-of-pursuing-a-passion-outside-of-work#:~:text=A%20growing%20body%20of%20research%20suggests%20that%20pursuing%20your%20passion,career%20and%20your%20personal%20life.

    I believe the Atlantic captures this phenomenon best in their article describing the rise of workaholism as a religion of sorts, stating that modern wealthy Americans have bucked the traditional trend of working less than middle class and low income individuals, instead using their wealth to “buy the strangest of prizes: more work”. I believe that this is because there has grown to be a sort of prestige in working long hours: we are initially thanked profusely for working late or making ourselves available outside of normal working hours, only for this initial praise to become expectation instead of extra as time goes on and the longer hours become more and more frequent. In light of this, I believe it is incredibly important to take a step back and to develop and pursue activities outside of work that we can find joy in doing. For me personally, I have become more involved in my church, and enjoy creative writing and building things out of Lego. I’ve had to learn to look at the work I do as fueling my life outside of the job instead of trying and failing to find purpose in the work itself. As Monster’s David Eisenberg so eloquently puts it, building and cultivating a passion outside of work will “remind you that you’re not living to work, but rather working to sustain the life you want to lead”, and that is a lesson we should not soon forget.

    Atlantic on Workism Is Making Americans Miserable:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/religion-workism-making-americans-miserable/583441/

    Monster on How to Keep a Passion Project Outside of Work:
    https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/how-to-keep-passion-project-outside-work

  42. The article, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work,” by Stephanie Burns is one that I whole heartedly believe is something that we should all read and implement the ideas of the article into our lives. In today’s society, working harder is the motto and is valued tremendously in the professional world, and it should be. People who want to earn that large salary or that promotion need to have that type of dedication. Sacrifices are necessary in order to achieve our highest goals. However, some take this mindset too far and end up sacrificing happiness and pleasure, which are the things that the mind needs in order to be healthy. Living to work as opposed to working to live is a cliché that many of us fall in to, and it is not good for mental health and can actually lead to less productivity in the workforce.
    Unfortunately, many of us do not get to choose the profession we ultimately end up in. Many workers get stuck doing a job they do not care for because it is what makes them the most money. This could take a large mental tole if we do not find a way to separate ourselves. Lucky for us, we have control over what we do with our free time. As pointed out in the article, performance at the workplace is increased when people have their own passions and things to look forward to outside of the nine to five. “Contrary to some lines of thinking, the way to be best at your job is not to make your job your entire life.”. That is why it is incredibly important that we choose a hobby and get away from the stress of work. Relieving the brain of stress from working is incredibly beneficial for us. The release of dopamine is an effect that occurs when we are happy and joyful. These positive feelings affects the brain and can be read about here.
    Personally, I am very active outside of my classes and studying. I really enjoy working out. It is probably my favorite part of the day. It gives me something to look forward to during the day and it allows me to mentally separate myself from the stress of the day. It keeps me in a good mood, so it definitely has a positive effect on my mental health. There are also many studies that have shown that exercising has a positive correlation with bettering focus better during classes and classwork.
    Finally, finding a passion outside of work is pivotal for becoming best workers we can be and the healthiest we can be mentally. Pressures of work really add up and it works wonders when we can release that pressure by doing an activity that we enjoy. Something I really hope that people who read this article take from is that it is a must to have some type of social or active lifestyle other than work because this life is too short to be working nonstop, we need to have our spaces to just live.

  43. I believe that being passionate about a hobby would not only improve performance on their job but also in education. Take college students for example. If students went to class for fifteen hours a week (six classes multiplied by two and a half hours each) and then went back to their dorms to do homework for those classes, they’re wind up doing work for hours on end. It is important for students to learn how to manage their time so they can enjoy other things the campus has to offer or take up new hobbies. From personal experience, in my freshman year, I would read over all my assignments for the week and get stressed out trying to finish them all on time. I have since learned how to manage my time better and I have also joined a few clubs on campus, this way I can do things I love while also meeting new people. It was nice to read “…that we actually work harder when we’re happier – in fact, workers who are happy are 12% more productive,” because I can clearly see the resemblance of that on my life. I have since started taking more classes while also volunteering on campus and I definitely feel more productive than I did freshman year.

    A sense of autonomy is also mentioned in the article which I can relate to because I am very independent. I have a few friends who I would not consider to be autonomous and it is clear that they look restrained – like they are holding back from doing something. It is important to reflect on your life as a life. Everyone only gets one and why not do something you love? That thinking is what made me determined to study in England for a semester. I felt control over my life, and I was being productive, working towards my degree while doing it. Dr. Johnathan Kung mentions “It’s all about living life on your own terms.” My parents were wary of me going to a foreign country by myself for four months, but I felt like that was something I needed to do to be fulfilled. It was an amazing experience and I am extremely grateful that I was able to do it. I was able to mix my passion for traveling with my education and in the end, felt fulfillment and excitement about what the future holds for me career-wise.

  44. In recent months, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the global population to put a hold on our fast-paced lifestyles. At first, I felt uncomfortable with the excess time. I found it difficult to separate my work, school, and personal life from one another all while being trapped at home. I felt a sense of pressure to be doing something career or school related at all times in order to feel productive. Eventually, this anxiety inducing cycle became mentally exhausting. The article, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work” by Stephanie Burns brought to light the fact that it important to have interests outside of work and do something you enjoy. In my current situation, “work” is equivalent to schoolwork and a part time job. Often times, it is easy to get swept up in the stress of assignments, classes, studying, or logging hours. I appreciated that this article offered the idea that it was not only acceptable, but healthy to have interests and passions outside of your job.

    I also was interested in the concept of autonomy presented in this article, specifically in the case of Dr. Jonathan Kung. Kung stated, “Making time for my passions reminds me that I’m more than a doctor.” Many people, including myself, feel defined by their career or chosen course of study. Letting a job determine my entire personality seems to be the fastest way to limit myself in exploring and indulging in my passions. As a young person trying to find my professional identity, I struggle to entertain the idea of “treating myself” to hobbies that are not career oriented. This article helped me realize that prioritizing the things that bring you joy can ultimately give you a greater sense freedom and control over your life. This concept struck my attention, so I decided to research it further. A Fast Company Article titled “How Hobbies Can Improve Your Life and Productivity at Work” by Aytekin Tank suggests similar content as Burns’ Forbes article. In addition to listing all of the benefits of hobbies in relation to one’s work, Tank goes on to list notable CEOs and their hobbies, such as Goldman Sachs’ David Solomon and Adena Friedman of Nasdaq. If the Chief Executive Officers of the most prominent businesses in the world allow themselves to have passions outside of work, I believe that I could manage to do so too.

    This article made me revisit and prioritize what interests me. I love reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors. While I do not make nearly enough time to do those things, “The Importance of Cultivating a Passion Outside of Work” by Stephanie Burns convinced me that I should. I am slowly allowing myself to realize that I am allowed gravitate towards what I enjoy. It is natural and healthy to give my brain a break. This discovery is one that I will be certain to prioritize throughout the entirety of my career.

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