Amazon.com, Google, IPod and all of these amazing inventions exist because of a person’s passion in their work. Projects doesn’t drive the passion, it is the passion which drives amazing projects. Passion is people specific and not project specific. I have heard people say that they have lost interest in their job because the project they are working is not interesting, or they don’t have a good boss. What a crappy excuse. Many give this and I was one of them, then I realized that to be passionate in your work, you just need to be passionate, period.
People with passion just want to make things happen, they want to give their best in every task they undertake and they don’t care about the nature of the job. Even if they have to jump into a shit hole to remove a cog, they will do it with passion and in the most beautiful and efficient way. They will do it with a smile. They are the ones who go around the office smiling all day long, making difference to their people and the organization. They are the ones who will always think of ideas to improve the things around and encourage others to do so as well.
For example; if your boss asks for data, don’t just give the data. There is always someone who can do this much faster and cheaper than you. Be passionate about the task, analyze the data, and give a summary of your observation on the data collected that is where you create the difference. The first is just work or task; the latter is the display personal responsibility. The choice is yours, either you can show up every day to office, do the job assigned, follow the instructions and be one among the many or you can show up every day, do things with passion, enjoy your work, make a difference and get promoted.