A few days ago I came across a post with a title that went something like – “The way to be happy at work is to find something you love outside of work”. I found it rather interesting and parked the piece for later. Alas, the post witnessed a similar fate to bobby pins and I never found it again. But the thought lingered.
& then I stumbled across today’s post on Fistful of Talent (if you’ve been around, you know I love them). Here’s an excerpt from the post –
“Know what’s more annoying than listening to you talk about your job? Not much. Even the busiest and most successful CHROs have hobbies they pursue and charities they support. If you want to do right by your career, spend some time away from your career. Gain perspective. Bring that good energy back to your job.
Take your life more seriously and your job less seriously. Build your “life resume” before you work on your LinkedIn profile. See the world beyond your zip code or your state conference. Don’t be a tool and fall for the certification scam.
Professional change happens through external experiences and coursework, but all of it can be a phenomenal waste of time and money until you work on yourself.”
I couldn’t agree more. So I’m going to kick off my HR shoes every now and then and do all of the other stuff I’ve been pushing aside – learning German, how to drive, skateboarding and more.
What are your passions outside of work? I’d like some ideas 🙂
2 thoughts on “Finding something outside of work”
Every new country adds significantly to your life experiences. I make it a point to travel to at least 1 new country each year. The people, language, food, culture, the day and the night – when you observe and absorb, it’s a learning that cannot otherwise be obtained. No books or pictures will do justice. You need to be physically present and soak everything in!
2. Helping others:
Not because you expect something from them. But because you genuinely want to. A friend, a colleague, even an unknown person. This refreshes your brain as it gets a break from the pressure of always working for you and instead starts thinking about how to help someone else.
Agree & Agree! I am definitely working on the travel bit. I need to on #2 too. It does help to make the world a better place bit by bit.