Tuesday, September 6, 2005

...my passion...

...passion and strength...

this is from a frens blog...
I just thought of something:

Takumi (in Initial D) is one good example of someone with the strength, but not the passion (at least, not initially). He has been driving the mountain roads for 5 years that not only does he feel bored of driving, he finds it a chore! Mentally, driving the roads fast means getting the job done faster, and hence getting home faster for some much needed sleep.
Driving the car has become a negative anchor for him. He does not find driving exhilirating, nor does he find cars very interesting. All he knows about cars is that it is used as a mode of transportation to do his job of transporting tauhu.
Which leads me to the question:

Can passion be instilled in a person who has the strength?

i have a colleague, a programmer. his strength is in asp.net and oracle. but this is work. his objectives is to get things done and meet the deadlines set. can i instill passion in him? how to make him change his strength to passion?

i have another idiot colleague. his passion is to do coding, software programming, he has the strengths too. but, not following any rules and guidelines set. do we consider him as a good programmer. (anyway, he got "fired" from the company), so lets not bother about this fella.

i have another colleague. her passion is in doing coding, programming. but her strength is not in asp.net. what i can do is, provide her with training and she should be on her way. but how long will i have to provide her training. is her passion strong enough?

maybe, my fear now is people leaving. being a compliant staff previously, i am so happy that my colleagues are leaving, cos they found a better life. now, after getting INVOLVED so much, and being part of the project; i guess having ownership of this project does make me feel responsible over the project. not that i get paid sky high to work, but my mindset is like, i am given the ownership of it. the concept of nobody ever washes a rented car.

my passion will still drive me, but my strength is not yet in this area or project management. pretty much in business analyst area(cos it does not come with such big responsibility as a pm)

how do we apply the concept of passion and strength in the workforce where dog will bite dog to survive?

will passion still be the factor to look for when i employ people or strength? is having passion enuff?


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September 6, 2005 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Nee Sern said...

i'd say that many companies hire based on strength, not passion.

but then, i guess it depends on the type of industry. for engineering/manufacturing industries, perhaps strength should be the main factor to consider. but for the marketing/advertising industry, would passion be more important to consider?

ideally, the passion and strength should be aligned. to instill strength in someone with passion, training can be provided. but to instill passion in someone with strength, there needs to be adequate motivation for the individual to continue performing his task.

September 6, 2005 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous MJ said...

actually i got nothing interesting to say. much of what i wanna say also you can logically think of.

maybe i can share that, a person with alot of passion in life, will find it hard to mix with a passion-less being. ie my cousin bro. But I'd surely employ a person like him to do FOR me, not WITH me. He'll do everything that you ask him to do, be it my dad asking him to drive out purpose to buy 4-digit. Or even if I ask him to fetch him somewhere out of the way, he'd do it. He is one guy who cannot tell me straight "i love this or i hate that"... its kinda boring talking to him most of the time. Maybe they're one step above us - upekkha.

September 7, 2005 at 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Jyon said...

sern::i finished watching initial D last nite and found that, jay chou may have the strength but passionless, but with enuff motivation and sweet talking him into seeing the world of benefits he can get, he has turned his strenght into a passion. he will succeed.

on the other hand, his fren the son of the petrol kiosk, has passion, no strength. no matter what, his passion will still be there, unless he sharpen his strength.

that was a nice show to watch...

mj::passionless ppl.hmm, anything also can one. maybe he is just compliant...

September 7, 2005 at 2:46 AM  
Anonymous blueameba said...

Just keep going jyon. You know the blue sky is out there, you are following the correct path, just keep going.

Miracle is always in somewhere at in front and not at the back.

September 15, 2005 at 10:59 PM  
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