This past weekend we had some dear friends over for dinner; a couple that we are very close to, and we even have the honor of being godparents to their youngest son. The four of us had a great time catching up on the latest and telling funny stories, all the while enjoying each other’s company immensely.
After we sat down at the candlelight dinner table, the conversation turned to work. Brad started off by saying to Bill: “Tell me again what you do.” And I could tell that Bill was about to give his spiel including the title on his business card and what, specifically, he did for his company.
But before he could get started, Brad surprised all of us—especially Bill—and said, “No, I don’t mean for you to tell me about your job; I know what you do.” He continued, “Tell me what you’re passionate about; tell me what you love to do.”
Woah. Since when has a “work” conversation focused on what you love? What you’re good at? What you’re passionate about? For many of us in business, we are used to spelling out the logistics, the details, the title, the grind…as though it were simply—and only—a means to an end.
The question seemed to take Bill aback, because he stumbled a while with his answer. But I could tell he loved the question and reveled in talking through possibilities and options that excited him. He thoroughly soaked in the significance of this royal, thought-provoking inquiry.
Who doesn’t light up when they talk about what they love?! Try it, just for fun sometime—ask someone what they’re passionate about and watch them come alive, be “in” their body, and share their excitement with true joyful expression.
The question at the table was so big that Bill is still letting it sink in and pondering it. I love that we have such cool friends who care enough to ask what we love.
So how about you. What are you passionate about? Love for you to post your comment below!
Note: You may want to check out this article to help you start to become more aware of what really “does it” for you. :)
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