Making sure our goals are properly aligned with our passions only makes sense. If you have the wish to move up the corporate ladder, start your own business, or just about any other worthwhile endeavor you're going to make things a lot easier on yourself if you're working on things that get you personally excited and make you feel alive when you're working on them (i.e. following your passions).
We hear this a lot I know...
But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why this is?
Hopefully this will help...
A simple rule of thumb is to do the things that you'd do even if you weren't getting paid to do them. Napoleon Hill, author of Think And Grow Rich often referred to this as doing more then you get paid for. In fact, he regarded this as a key to success. If the idea was good enough for Mr. Hill, I can assure you, it's good enough for me :-)
The simple reality is that most any level of lasting achievement takes effort (even the over-night successes we sometimes hear about rarely happen exactly over night). Often it means going above and beyond the call of duty. Going and doing just a bit more then may be expected of you in your job description.
Foregoing something in return for the results you're sure you'll reap later on. Even if others might not see you as exerting quite as much effort as they are (I get this all the time since I "just sit at a computer all day and work from home"... ha ha). Even so, you're putting forth effort.
I can tell you I can't imagine how much I'd dread getting up each and everyday if what I was doing wasn't aligned with something I also have a strong passion for. Believe me, it's a feeling worth implementing into your own life.
In summary, I believe that following our inner passion allows us to sit in a more natural path with regards to achieving our personal dreams and desires. Why is that? I believe it is because instead of counting the hours till we get off and can work on other projects, we'll be more excited about the task at hand.
Which I believe in turn is a lot more likely to equate to more productive results. Wouldn't you agree? Not to mention, we're destined to have a whole lot more fun day to day (and I believe derive more lasting meaning in our lives)