The best employees are those that are highly motivated. That motivation can present itself in many forms. For a lot of people, it is the pure desire for a paycheck. For others, it is praise of a job well done. Some, however, are intrinsically motivated by the pure fact that they LOVE what they do. They want to get up in the morning and get to work because they have found the career that suits them. These employees are the ones that can have the biggest impact on a company, not because of their education or their connections, but because they care about what they are doing. These are the employees that commit themselves to a job and take ownership. While they may not be the fastest or the most educated, they are bound to be the most reliable and effective. They are the ones who, when faced with setbacks, will power through. When times are tough, they will be the people you look to for your own motivation.
They key to loving what you do is to make sure that you are doing what you love. If you have the opportunity to turn your hobby into a sustainable career, do it! YOU will then become the intrinsically motivated one. YOU will find that you are committing yourself, taking ownership, powering through setbacks, and people will look to YOU for their own motivation. Ironically, as a result of your newfound intrinsic motivation, that will be secondary in importance to you. What will really matter is that you are loving what you do because you are doing what you love.
***(Please, don’t take this as advice to suddenly quit your day job. Time, patience, and persistence can be required to turn your hobby into something SUSTAINABLE. In the end, it will be worth it, but make sure you do your homework first!)***