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Passion Shouldn’t Be a Prerequisite for Work

At first glance, one cannot help but read and think...

"What!? Of course we should be passionate about our jobs!"

It's how we do our best work, right? 

Author Michaela O'Donnell Long shares her personal story with Relevant Magazine on how if she never took the quick jump into a side-startup, she would have never been able to go on the journey to discover her personals passions and have God shape her vocation. She would've lost the opportunity she gained and sat victim to idleness waiting for that "special call". 

The Lord can use all types of experiences to shape our vocation - where our purpose and profession meet. Share yours in the comments below and click the button to read Michaela's full story. 



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  • Alena Popova

    Alena Popova

    That's a good story to reflect on and I can relate to this so much! Growing up I never knew what I want to do with my life. No passion to be an artist, nurse, musician, chef, teacher and anything else in particular. No inspiring grownup family members to imitate. When choosing a university, I had no dreams to guide me and I just picked the one that was easy to get in. After my studies I still didn't know what to do with my life. I tried a few different jobs and through that learnt mostly what I don't want to do, but also a little about what I like too. The most valuable lesson was that I am able to learn how to do a lot of things I didn't expect I possibly can. Then I experienced for a few years living in a community where I could try and do almost whatever, never mind your experience, age and expertise. This experience really opened my mind and shaped my understanding of self. I explored a few roles and in the end I saw more crearly who I am and what I am not; I found out what motivates me. I wish I risked, tried and observed like this more when I was a child. That would definitely help me to come to some conclusions earlier in life. I'm in my early 30s now and although I still don't know everything about me and my purpose, I have a lot of dots that are connecting into an answer. Maybe I will never figure myself out 100%, but I will certainly enjoy the process of the discovery along the way!