Passion and Interest….. Is there any difference???

Before going ahead with any other description of these, i.e. Passion and Interest, let us get a clear idea of the definitions of the same through dictionary.

Passion: A strong feeling or emotion; the trait of being intensely emotional; something that is desired intensely; any object of warm affection or devotion

Interest: A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; a reason for wanting something done; a diversion that occupies one’s time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).
passion6There is a very favorite question of the Interviewers viz. What is the difference between Passion and Interest?

And 90% of the Interviewees flunk here….

The question is that why does it happen? Why Interviewees are not clear about this concept?

Why the answer to this question is not clear in the mind of them is because they themselves do not know whether they are pursuing their interest or their passion as they are unaware whether they are behind getting just a Job or to create a Career.

“Interest is something you pursue out of curiosity, and passion is something that you pursue due to a strong desire that compels you to do it.”

And the Interviewers are smart enough to catch the people at this point, as they get to know that whether the aspirant is seeking this Job as an Interest or as a Passion.

Let us now dig a little deeper with the help of tools called as examples, steps and methods; in order to get a clearer picture of it. We may have interest in multiple activities, but we are passionate for only one (or few) activity only.

For example, Tom says that, “I like to swim, read books, dance, cook; but I am so passionate for reading books, that, nothing can stop me from doing that.” This statement by Tom gives the explanation about the concept of Passion and Interest.

Choosing right career…

Understanding this concept is not important just to answer the question asked during the Interview, but it is also important in order to choose the right career. Thus every graduate must learn to align his interest area with his passion, so as to create a wonderful career. Otherwise a person would end up doing a job in such area which may not interest him at all at a later time in his professional life, as “Interests may change.”

 How to create a successful career path for oneself?

  1. Do proper research about all of the interest areas with respect to the professional competencies/ skills related to the particular domain.
  2. Then ask yourself a question that whether you would do that job even without getting paid for it. And if the answer is “Yes”, that means you have discovered your passion among your interests.

For example an Engineering graduate is very passionate about coding and development, the right option for him/ her would be the profile of a Developer and not a Tester or Quality analyst.

 Passion has been rightly defined by Oprah Winfrey“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Talent V/S Attitude


Is “Talent” more important, or the “Positive Attitude”?

Everyone knows about the famous Mythological story of Eklavya and Dronacharya; when Eklavya showed unmatched dedication for his Guru.
Guru Drona used to train the children from Royal families, in Archery, weaponry and Martial arts. He was appointed to train the Kaurava and the Pandava Princes.

Arjun was the favourite student of Dronacharya. Arjun being very talented mastered the art of Archery. The Guru was very proud of his student and trained him to become the best Archer in the world.
One day Eklavya, who was the son of a soldier, approached Guru Drona and expressed his wish to learn Archery from him, as Drona was the best Trainer for Archery. But the Guru declined his request as he was not from a Royal family.

Though deeply hurt, Eklavya, being self determined with the will to master archery made the statue of Dronacharya, whom he considered his Guru. He started his self study of Archery, with disciplined practice and continued the same for many years.
Eventually, he became the best Archer with exceptional skills, even better than Drona’s best Pupil, Arjun.

After finding the fact that Eklavya was better than Arjuna, Drona became so insecure that he had to make a cruel request of asking for the thumb of Eklavya as Gurudakshina so that no one can be a better archer than Arjun.

So, the crux of this story is;
Talent when combined with the opportunity definitely takes a person towards success. This was the case of Arjun, who had the talent and got the opportunity.
But when a Talent is rendered alone without any opportunity – that happened with Eklavya, “Talent was disappointed”; then it is the Positive attitude, which helps one to convert disappointments and rejections into something constructive and excel to become the “Best”, just like Eklavya did.

He did no negative thinking; filled himself with determination and strong will and became the best Archer even without a Trainer, on the basis of his devotion for the Guru and the skill.

Thus, it has been rightly said, “It’s Attitude, not the Aptitude, which determines Altitude”.