5 thoughts on “Passion Spotting”

  1. This is true for any industry. I manage automation for a steel plant. It is becoming very hard to find people with passion. I look for engineers/technicians etc with dedication and passion. Experience in a particular field is only secondary. I believe Everything else can be taught.}

  2. I’m an engineer and I’m passionate about two things: my family and my job. Unfortunately, I think the first passion, family, puts startups off because they prefer to find folks who can work like the man in black. Most likely, that’s the right choice to make in order to maximize return. Does this jibe from an insider’s perspective?}

  3. Juan, I think you are possibly selling yourself short. If you are truly passionate about your job, a second passion isn’t going to be a put-off at a start-up with a good culture. We all have other commitments (like, sleeping) so passion shouldn’t be defined by the hours worked but by the dedication to do what needs to be done. That’s most easily measured by time spent but needs to translate into results to truly be meaningful.

    Luke, this was a great post & very true. For those interested in this topic, I did a complementary post (http://blog.expotv.com/2007/05/08/who-should-your-first-hire-be/) a couple of weeks ago on my company’s blog about the need to find people who leverage one’s own skillset (which can be defined many ways).}

  4. Juan – If a company looks at passion as “you will work endlessly and non-stop with no questions asked” then I would question whether you want to work there or not.

    In my hiring for my startup Standout Jobs (http://www.standoutjobs.com) and for previous companies I actually liked people who focused on a work-life balance. I have a young son (and another child on the way) so having people in a similar situation jelled well culturally…}

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