Daily Beer #4: Following My Passion

After recieving some wonderful recommendations from my readers, I’ll be spending more time talking about and reviewing the beer I have with each, Daily Beer. Tonight’s beer was Abita’s seasonal Grapefruit Honey. If you want to hear more about this beer, read (or scroll) to the end!

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Recently I have been reading a lot. Mostly, I’ve been reading job descriptions, corporate profiles and company snapshots, training material for Adobe Creative Programs, and Google Analytics. While these are all important things for me to read and engage in currently. I have a healthy addiction to sports cars and racing. I consume all forms of racing and car media; daily vloggers, online publications, print publications, corporate product announcements, just to name what I can. I also enjoy racing my own car when I can and talking to and making friends with people who share my passion.  I also recently read a few books (I know, crazy) that have given me interesting perspective on how to infuse my work with passion and it’s not all what I thought I would hear.

My reading told me that being passionate about your field of work and your industry doesn’t offer the benefits you think it would. For example, I could be a car salesman and be passionate about cars, but at the end of the day I am still going to be a salesman and have to deal with the pros and cons just like someone who isn’t passionate about it. “Sorry, you aren’t making numbers. We are going to have to let you go.” The author identified that it’s not about passion, but it’s really about the combination of passion with purpose that will drive an individual to not only perform well in their job but also live a happier life. Pursuing passion does not always result in success because passion is just one part of the equation.  By adding purpose, I create value for myself and for my customers whoever they may be. For instance, I can sell the cars but by also making my purpose to sell cars that spread the joy, exhilaration, and thrill of driving, I take the act of selling and make it something I can truly get behind. Full disclosure, I don’t want to be a car salesman but it felt like a good example.

Additionally, the other book I read told me not to care about too many things. To many people are about too many things and it actually has negative health outcomes; increased stress, depression, loneliness, etc. By focusing on the things, I truly care about, and caring less about things that don’t actually matter to me, I should be able to be happier, and perform better at work than people who lack that level of focus.

Now the question is, “Can I put these ideas into practice?” And my answer is that I am going to try my hardest to get the job that I want, live the way I want to, and be happy while I do it by infusing my passion with purpose. Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

P.S. Maybe the topics of the two books aren’t as well connected as I thought while writing this, I’ll let you be the judge. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the books I read; Great At Work by Morten Hansen, and The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, and they have given me a lot to think about and ponder.

Tonight’s beer was Abita’s seasonal Grapefruit Honey. It has the usual bready flavor that I get from Abita lagers as its base. The grapefruit citrus is certainly prominent and builds upon the bread-like lager flavor. You end up with flavors similar to what you would find in a fruitcake (I can’t remember the last time I had fruitcake). With the added honey, you get an additional floral note to the beer that reminds me of my time in Florida, breathing the sweet nectar infused air in the countryside from the Orange & Grapefruit Blossoms in late winter/early spring. For me personally, this beer takes me on a quick trip down memory lane, reminding me one of my favorite Florida experiences.

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