Passion — the juice making life worthwhile

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Nov 30

It was the build up of the two best teams in the NFC — the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys playing in Dallas. Both teams were 10-1 going into the game. Only one team — in this case, Dallas — was going to come out of the game 11-1.

Studying how football teams win — and lose — is a passion of mine. Especially when it comes to the Packers, where I have been a fan since 1960(!). The Ice Bowl, the NFL Championships, the three Super Bowls are all things that I have experienced. Along with the horrendous 30-years between championships where the fans still came to support Packer football.

There are the highs, the lows — and the loyalty. There is the intense feelings that come with game time as well as the off-season. This, surprisingly, is my passion. Playing through others while learning what it takes to make a team. Learning how coaching and leadership develop a team. Determining how personnel can find and develop talent that can help you win.

Sure, there are differences between sports and business and I think sports has a tremendous advantage over business as there is downtime to rethink what we do both as a team and as a person.

But with sports, there is a mission. A goal. An objective worth fighting for.

How much of business is a mission? How much do your goals really count? How much time do you really have to develop your team and what you need as a person?

Business, at least large business, has lost the ability to inspire, to develop people, and to have a mission. That loses the passion that people desperately want to have when they work; to lose themselves working for something bigger than themselves.

Tell me if I’m wrong; I’d really love to know.

It was a great game even though Green Bay lost. But watching the game was passionate. Don’t you wish you could feel the same passion at your work?


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

  • Adam Salamon says:

    Scot, I hear you. I worked at Dell for my first job out of college and was not very inspired. Going to a start-up was the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel we have a mission. It definitely feels more like a football game. Perhaps that’s how Apple workers feel?

    As for the game, I’m really sorry my Cowboys had to show your Packers up!

  • Scot Herrick says:

    I wonder if “the mission” feeling is the province of small businesses — or if the mission feeling even exists in small businesses. In a start up, it is necessary.

    For the rest of you out there — do you feel as though you were on a mission at work? What size company are you in?

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