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Monday, February 13, 2006

Working your passion

Have you ever watched Star Trek shows or movies? There was The Original Series (TOS), The Next Generation (TNG), Deep Space Nine (DS9) and Voyager (VOY). I don't consider Enterprise (ENT) to be part of the actual Star Trek 'mythos', namely because it deviates so much from all the history that was created by all the other Star Trek shows, movies and books. ENT is an 'alternative history' as far as I'm concerned.

Most of the characters in Star Trek have one thing in common. They are working their passion. They don't get paid for what they do. There's no reward for their jobs other than the personal satisfaction of a job well done, of doing something worthwhile and valuable.

Each and every one of them are working their passion, doing what they love the most.

None of them take days off, get bored, whinge about their job or workmates, or sue their employers for whatever reason. They are all excited to be doing what they're doing, and get up every morning wondering what new adventure they'll be part of today.

How many of us are working in an industry we're passionate about? How many of us are doing something that we love doing? If you stopped being paid for your job, would you continue working it? That's the true sign of whether or not you're working your passion - would you continue doing it if you weren't being paid for it.

I'm lucky in that I am working in an industry I'm passionate about. I get up in the morning, happy to go to work. I enjoy what i do, and even the variety that comes my way. And when I come home at night, I relax by doing exactly the same thing I was doing at work - playing with the computer. I rarely call it working, and instead call it playing. I play on my computer. It just so happens that what I play with is what other people consider to be 'work'.

When you love what you're doing, you'll never think it's work either. It's your passion.

So how do you discover what your passion is? The answer is really simple. If you didn't need money, and all your needs were satisfied, what would you be doing? What would occupy your time? What would you get up in the morning for, excited about the new day? What would drive you and excite you?

If you can work out what that is, you've worked out what your passion is.

Now all you need to do is work out how you can find a job doing what you're passionate about. When you do that, you'll be happier than you ever thought you could possibly be, working a job that you love.

Do what you love, and love what you do.

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8 Comments:

Blogger NightFallTech said...

How do you know they don't get paid, They are military personal aren't they?...

I'd say that a fair bit of the action and adventure of star trek is actually experienced by active duty military troops around the planet.

2/13/2006 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Captain Picard, in the movie 'First Contact', says: "The economics of the future is somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the 24th century... The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity."

2/13/2006 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I have some recollection of original Star Trek folk talking about "credits", but maybe I'm misremembering.

I'm not sure where you'd spend credits on a starship though.

2/13/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger NightFallTech said...

hmm... This may be heresay, And i don't have the episodes myself to verify it, but it would seem there is money in the future...

http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/SciFi/StarTrek/FAQ.html#15

2/15/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger NightFallTech said...

Link again Startrek Triva

2/15/2006 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

When I was creating my own Star Trek-bsaed universe to run my game in, I thought about the inconsistencies with money. I came to the following conclusions.

While the Federation has no need of currency amongst its member worlds, they still need currency to trade with non-member worlds. Therefore, all Federation personnel would receive wages equivalent to their value to the Federation. That money would be useless within the Federation, but valuable for trade outside of it.

This would explain away the inconsistencies related to carrying money, not carrying money, receiving wages, not receiving wages, etc. While the Federation don't need an income, and instead work to better themselves, they would still have an income to be used for trade outside the Federation.

Makes sense to me.

2/15/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger NightFallTech said...

But does anyone really want to work for the common good?, What about inevitably scarce resources?, How is their allocation between federation citizens managed? Who would do the 'unsavoury' jobs such as cleaning the toilets if they were provided for anyway?

2/21/2006 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

If society has been trying to have everyone working for the common good for over 300 years, I'm sure that most of the people would be successfully doing it by the 2380's (the 'current' time period of Star Trek).

For all those 'nasty' jobs, the people would recognise that they need to be done. Just like living in a house today, where people organise rosters for who does what. They don't get paid for it, it's just part of living there. The same would be true for living in the 24th century. People don't get paid for it, but it has to be done, so people do it. It's just part of the 'chores' that come with living in such a society.

Considering that it's much cleaner in the 24th century, it wouldn't be too much of a problem. I can imagine the toilets, for example, being similar to sonic showers, where they're kept clean by the dirt-destroying advanced technology.

There's also replicators that act as recyclers, so rubbish can be recycled much more cleanly than today, where the very energy of the rubbish is recycled to form the energy of other items.

2/21/2006 01:32:00 PM  

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