How To Harness Your Passion for a More Fulfilling Career

Joseph Rios EdD
4 min readAug 9, 2022
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The Great Resignation has forced employers to reconsider the work environments for their staff. And for staff, it has created an opportunity to reevaluate how their work aligns with their values and the kind of worker they aspire to be.

Maybe you’re in a position to leave your job, and maybe now is the time to just move on to a place that better aligns with your self-perception and values.

But it’s tough to just quit a job (well…it wasn’t for me, but I’m told it’s tough for others!).

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Before starting a new career in workforce development in 2021, I spent three years doing a job search. Trust me, I know that there are mitigating circumstances that keep people in a job because it pays the bills or to have some financial stability.

But those aren’t the only choices available to us. Perhaps you have an inkling that your current job isn’t a great fit — but what will be? offers the following tips for choosing a career that feeds your passion — check them out below!

How to Find Your Career Passion

The best way to identify what you’re passionate about is by paying attention. Each day you are likely excited, interested, or satisfied by certain topics, tasks, or activities.

During my first foray into workforce development, I continued to write about the importance of aligning values with your work. And the day the work misaligned with my values, I knew it was time to leave. But the misalignment didn’t exactly share what I should be doing next!

Taking a Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at what you should look for in your day-to-day life that might bring a passion to light.

There are six steps you can follow to identify your passion:

  1. Look for high points in your day
  2. Pay attention to what you spend your time and money on
  3. Consider topics you love to teach or talk about with others
Joseph Rios EdD

I believe leadership is the expression of values. Career Coach | Educator | Writer | Social Justice Advocate | Trainer.