You Know What Passion Looks Like

I have the privilege to engage with people who I believe exemplify passion, who live and breathe it as they do their work.

They are alive, in all the best ways and are constantly growing personally and professionally. When I first meet these people I know that they are passionate about what they do.

Passion is hard to describe and it’s not something that can be taught. I’m not entirely sure where it comes from but what I do know is that when I encounter someone with passion I’m naturally curious about who they are and what inspires them.

In other words, I want to work with them because I know that when I get to work with other passionate people I, myself, are revitalized and rejuvenated.

The opposite is also true: When I meet people who clearly lack direction and who clearly lack passion in their lives it’s a complete bummer. It drains me to be around them instead of generates energy. These people lack a pulse, if you will.

And that’s unfortunate as I want everyone to live with purpose and passion.  I want everyone to know that they aren’t wasting their time. I want everyone to be doing the very most with their lives.

But when it comes to a startup and a fast-growing venture, I do not have time to work with those that aren’t passionate about the mission. There’s no “onboarding” for passion-fit, it just has to be there.

When I seek to hire I need to see it plainly, it needs to be so obvious that it can’t be ignored (and these things help here and here). My father once told me:

John, you know what passion looks like.

And he’s right, I do. When I see it I get excited. When I don’t I need to move on.