Passion is one of the Core Values at Crawford as we believe passion is a great indicator or predictor of one's behavior. We believe that passionate people typically aren't driven as much to prove or achieve something as they are to simply release something that's deep within in them. A passionate person's motivation isn't rooted in a reward or achievement, its rooted in their being. We also believe that passion trumps dedication and commitment as dedication and commitment are determined by external forces while passion is internal and simply a way of being.
Someone who is dedicated and committed to success will work to determine what success is in a given situation and work to achieve it - their "goal" is success and they will operate in a way that produces success - their commitment to how they operate is governed by something external and will change based on circumstances. On the other hand, someone who's loyal to their passion will operate in a way that's consistent with their passion, regardless of whether or not it produces success - their commitment to how they operate is governed by something internal and will never change based on circumstances - it's who they are. Let me give you an example.
One of the Guiding Principles at Crawford is Quality. Someone driven to succeed will understand this about our company and make quality their focus. So will someone passionate about quality. But, if the one driven to succeed goes to work for another company where success not measured in quality but rather efficiency and speed, then guess what - this person will throw out what he/she learned at Crawford about quality and be about efficiency and speed. On the other hand, if the person passionate about quality went to work for the same company, he/she would hate having to sacrifice quality for efficiency and speed, and unless they could find a way to do both, would quickly become unhappy and most likely leave.
Again, drive and commitment are based on a target, while passion is driven simply by doing what you love.
Check out this quote by Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook: "If you just work on stuff that you like and are passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
In closing, I'd like to leave you with another truth about passion as it relates to leadership. Passion and enthusiasm are contagious; so are boredom and apathy. No one wants to work for a boss that’s unexcited about his or her job, or even one who’s just going through the motions. Great leaders are passionate about what they do, and they strive to share that passion with everyone around them.
What's your passion? Are you releasing that passion regularly, and is it contagious? Don't be afraid to let others see it!