Week 2: Passion VS Pragmatism

While talking about the passion I would like to agree with Vincent and would add the idea of Passion Vs Pragmatism, that you cannot always do what you want. I have been always encouraged by my parents that I should always follow my dreams if we just work hard and play by the rules. But I believe that with the changing ideals of our societies in the globalized world we can no longer encourage our future generation to simply follow their career passion if we really want them to make a sustainable living. The professional aspiration of many young people is influenced by the economic necessity.

I have been hearing recently, that additional satisfaction often also comes from the mastery of a body of knowledge or a skill, or from the realization that service to other can bring both personal and professional fulfillment. As we read from the New York Time’s opinion pages “A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love,https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/a-life-beyond-do-what-you-love/?_r=0

the author Gordon Marino provides with the references by Dr. Martin Luther King’s observation that every life is marked by dimensions of length, breadth, and height. Length, he says, refers to self-love; breadth to the community; and height to the transcendent, something larger than oneself. In today’s workplace, as the author argues, there are three primary elements for motivating workers (especially millennial workers): autonomy, mastery, and purpose, but less passion.

His discussion becomes relevant when it holds the view of our weekly readings in regard to what provides satisfaction at work. As it mentioned in our weekly article More than Job Satisfaction: while touching on purpose and meaning in the workplace “Meaningfulness is about why not just about what”.  As Kirsten Weir argues that is also correlated with life satisfaction and less depression.



3 thoughts on “Week 2: Passion VS Pragmatism”

  1. Tamar – I agree so much that young people’s professional aspiration is driven by economic necessity. It saddens me that older generations sometimes look down on this. The world has changed so significantly in recent decades that I think it becomes difficult for older and younger generations to have conversations about “work” or “career.” These definitions are simply vastly different.

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