Doing Your Best Work



One of the distinct attributes that drives and motivates an employee at the workplace and sets him or her apart from others is the amount of passion that is inherent in the person. An employee that is passionate about his or her work will not see challenges as chores but rather as opportunities to make contributions and changes for the better. A passionate person will go the extra miles to overcome the challenges placed upon them without expecting much in tangible returns. For a passionate person the reward is in seeing their contributions make changes in positive directions or at least contributing to the change process for a better outcome.

Passion can be inherent in a person or it could start from nothing and continue to grow depending on the nature of the subject that grips the person’s heart. On the other hand, passion that is connected to a seasonal or periodical focus can fade in time especially once the goal is attained for example, “fad” related subjects. The latter can also transpire through affiliation with others but once the affiliation goes away the passion immediately dies down.

Organisations need passionate people especially if they are service oriented. Schools need passionate teachers to shape the students from an early age. Personally, I can recall memories from my school days where I can connect success not only to hard work but also to the influence of passionate educators. Educators can influence the students positively or negatively. Hopefully our educators are mostly made up of passionate people.

So far I have shared thoughts mostly on the positive aspects of being passionate about a topic or your work, however one should not forget that too much of a good thing can also have repercussions. If an individual is too passionate about a topic without having a rationale (especially if associated with “fad” subjects) then logic will go out the window. This can pave the way for unreasonable or unwanted situations. In the worst case scenario individuals can get too emotional and are not able to rise above the situation in order to regulate or derive a positive outcome.

Recently, I came across many unemployed graduates in my day-to-day work and have engagements with them and one of the frequently recurring topics is about being passionate about what you do. The majority agree that passion can be visibly seen and it can make a difference in their lives. However, I am also saddened by the fact that with this realisation some still will not even bother to make a transformation for their future. My plea, is for those young people to transit to a positive work life mentality and its expectations as quickly as possible. Pro-activeness is also akin to passion hence this should be embraced by them. Many employers are looking for those passionate future employees who can make a difference in their organisations especially in the current economic climate.

Lastly, something that always catches my attention, passionate people tend to love to be involved in voluntary work whether it is at the workplace or in society. They are selfless and relentless in their pursuit of helping to shape of a better future for everyone. They are so full of energy and love to spread positivity around them no matter how exhausting the work can be. They sometimes laugh in the face of exhaustion. They are indeed a special breed of individuals. To all of the passionate people out there, I salute you and please keep up the great work that you are doing for a better Brunei.

This article was published in the Oct-Dec 2016 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!


Hjh Zainab is a HR Professional & Mentor. She was active in the Oil & Gas Industry for the past 30+ years. She has significant business experiences gained in a multi cultural environment in Brunei (BSP, Brunei LNG), Oman, Qatar, and Europe in the areas of HR & Learning and Development. She is passionate about people development and upholds the mantra ‘don’t let others tell you what you can’t do, and show them what you can do.