As you may know, our summer interns are contributing to Daily Fuel’s editorial. Today's guest blogger, Brandt, an economics student at the University of Michigan, discusses combining career and passion pursuits.

Pursuing Your Passion

Everyone has an inspiration or a passion that drives them. Some of us have a passion for numbers, while others (like me) have a passion for music. In a professional environment, people have a much easier time exploring their zeal for numbers simply due to the financial requirements of any business. Meanwhile, indulging in a passion for music is typically reserved for one’s free time.

In today’s video, Michael Zadoorian suggests we not divide our passions and our professional endeavors. Rather, combining the two is what makes work no longer work. For many people, an occupation is not a source of happiness, but rather a means to an end. Their careers give them the financial freedom to explore their interests and passions. Yet, Michael urges us to consider a career could be a passion. This would, in turn, lead to a much better work product as day-to-day tasks are less daunting and more exciting.

After Michael chose his passion as his career, he was struck by how often people were telling him how lucky he was. The luck factor escaped him, because he hadn’t realized he was working. Other people had to point out that his passion was paying his bills. Michael’s inspirational pivot has me wondering if I can find a way to incorporate music into my career. Because although I’m good at math, the numbers don’t move me the way music can.

Brandt

Guest Blogger:

Brandt

Michigan Man. Musical Maven.
Mediocre Mathematician.

before you get back to work...

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Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.
— Frank Capra
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