About Make your passion your profession

My 21 published articles on this subject have appeared in The Times of India( Delhi Edition-7 Articles), 11 articles in four spiritual/management magazines-( Life positive magazine, the Eternal solutions,Management Compass and Educare), one article printed in an MBA institute’s newsletter apart from one article each on 2 websites. I also received the best award from Yahoo on the limitations of the Indian education system(details below). In case the title is misleading, it is all aimed at right man for the right job. One of the aims of employee engagement is to ensure job satisfaction which is the main theme of this blog.The respective links of my publishsed articles are given in this introductory post below.

Quotes on the subject by prominent Indians(Gandhiji, Former president Abdul Kalam,Osho,Krishnamurthy, Amitabh Bachchan among others) and foreigners are there in Quotable Quotes

For those not interested in the published articles below, the latest post on this blog which is a published article on the super hit move 3 idiots(published in the magazine Management Compass) is here.

The literal meaning of the word education which is derived from the latin word “educere” is to draw out what is already in and not blindly stuff in. In that context , what is mentioned below, is also directed at the students as they are the future careerists. This also has a spiritual connotation; since spirituality is all about being peaceful, balanced and equanomous at all times, no gross misfit in the wrong profession can ever be spiritual in letter and spirit. That apart, according to the Bhagavad Gita, another definition of Yoga is “Dexterity in action” or “Excellence in work” which is simply not possible if you are in a profession towards which you are not seriously inclined. Even in our shastras the word “Svadharma” is mentioned which implies the right vocation if not calling.

There is a saying in management that “You have to go southwards to go northwards”; it is therefore important to throw some light on what happens if you are not in the right career.Work occupies a majority of our waking hours and if they are miserable, life becomes unbearable. The magnitude of the problem can be gauged from extreme expressions such as “Lifetime imprisonment” ,”Spiritual suicide”, “A life time of pain and suffering”” used by sufferers or some of the “titles” of the books that have been written by people like them:-

Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future by Andrea Kay
“I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really want” Barbara Sher
“I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This”: by Julie Jansen
“Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood” by Marsha Sinatra
“True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do” Paperback by Michael Toms
“How to Find the Work You Love” Paperback by Laurence G. Boldt
“Passion at Work: How to Find Work You Love and Live the Time of Your Life” by Lawler Kang
“To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love”: by Marsha Sinetar
“Discover Your Passion : An Intuitive Search to Find Your Purpose in Life” Gail A. Cassidy

Indian authors:-

Passion to win- Abad Ahmed and DP Choopra
Passion- Pramod Batra/Vijay Batra
Your Passion Quotent; The greatest secret of success by Virendra Kapoor
Be Inspired- Amber Ahuja

No wonder there is a saying:-

If you want to be happy for a day, go on a picnic.
If you want to be happy for a week, go on a vacation
If you want to go happy for a month, get married
If you want to be happy for a year, inherit wealth
If you want to be happy for a lifetime, do the work that you love.

Related links(My published articles on the subject in Newspapers/Magazines):-

My Articles on the subject in The Times of India(Delhi)-7 Articles– Pictures are not there in the links :-

Is your heart in your job?-22/8/2006

Follow your interests-29/8/2006

Know your calling-5/9/2006

Career meditation-12/9/2006

Concentration-secret of success-19/9/2006

Emotional intelligence and life purpose-26/9/2006

Making the best of a bad career situation-3/10/2006

My articles on the subject in four spiritual/Management Magazines and an MBA institute’s newsletter-12 Articles. :-

Movie 3 idiots

Lateral Career transition

Movie Rock on

Emotional intelligence and life purpose

Movie- Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par.

Guidance to management students-article in newsetter of MBA institute.

Mission impossible-moive Apna Aasmaan.

Wrong cast-Careers/Vocations since Ancient Times in the HR magazine “Managment Compass” in Auguast’2007 issue

Livelyhood, a lively way in the magazine “Educare” in Auguast’2007 issue

Article “Soul of a profession” in the magazine “Management Compass” in June ‘2007 issue

Article “Passionate Leadership-excitement begets excitement” in the magazine “Management Compass” in May ‘2007

Article “A double life” in the magazine “The Eternal solutions” in Marchl’2007

Article “Fits and Misfits in the magazine “The Eternal solutions” in April’2006

Article “Don’t settle for less than a calling” in the magazine Life positive in November’2001..

Two websites:- My Writeup at yahoo forum where my answer on the subject got the best prize among 700 answers followed by article at chillibreeze.com

My answer on Education at Yahoo Q and A

How to know yourself at chillibreeze.com.


Several other links by management conultants have been given under “Relevant links” on the right hand side the most prominent among which are

Research by Harvard University faculty

yoursoulatwork- By Fortune 500 company consultants.

Unique presentation-Passion, Strength, skills

The individual initiative of Vocational coach deserves special mention.

146 Responses to About Make your passion your profession

  1. Karuna says:

    Good Work….
    Am going to comeback to these links as they are very valuable!


  2. Dharmabum says:

    firstly, thanks for visiting and commenting on my space.
    that way, i got to know yours 🙂
    all the stuff on ‘swadharma’ – VERY thought provoking.
    keep up the good work, brother!

  3. Browneyedone says:

    Hi Hiren,

    Great Articles. Very educative. Thanx for sharing 🙂

  4. Rakesh says:

    Hey Hiren thanks for stopping by at my blog and thanks for your suggestions. I will surely try to do that.

  5. Apun Ka Desh says:

    And if you want to be happy right now – Go Eat your favorite food :).

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  8. Tarun says:

    Not the most easiest thing to do I believe.

  9. ekawaaz says:

    HI Hiren,

    I never knew it is your blog, Well now I found it so glad..very good article and honestly very informatic. God Bless YOU Keep posting..

  10. Shailesh Mistry says:

    WOW ! Great Thought dude, well done, keep it up…


  11. jhantu says:

    Hey hiren, what if your passion doesnt qualify as a full time job? For example couch-potatoness? any advise for that

  12. Hiren says:

    @Karuna – Thanks
    @Dharambum – Thanks
    @Browneydone- Thank you
    @Rakesh- Thanks for visiting my blog too
    @Aapun ka Desh- That’s a good one. Amusing. Aapun ko pasand aaya
    @Sankaran- What about know thyself
    @Sankaran – Interesting
    @Tarun- You are bang on Target
    @Ek awaaz- Thanks. I like your posts too.
    @Shailesh- Thanks
    @Jhantu-Unfortunately every hobby cannot become a profession. You have to make a list of your passions and focus on the ones that can be made professions. This blog is about those where the possibility is there.

    • ADI says:

      I Love the Articles you wrote, they have inspired me..could you kindly send me your email as i’ll like to speak with you further on areas of synergy

      • Hiren says:

        Thanks for the compliment. Please let me know what synergy are you hinting at. Thanks.



      • Hiren says:

        My email address is hirenshah50@gmail.com. Kindly let me know what you have in mind when you talk of synergy.



        On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 1:32 PM, Hiren Shah wrote:

        > Thanks for the compliment. Please let me know what synergy are you > hinting at. Thanks. > > Regards > > > Hiren >

  13. vandana ahuja says:

    What u say makes absolute sense.Truly inspiring!!!!

  14. pyrogyne says:

    This is a terrific article with terrific links. Just what I needed to see tonight.


  15. padma says:

    One should do everything with passion and interest to succeed.A dhobi who washes clothes or a cook who cooks a meal or for that matter each one of us who wants to lead a fruitful life has to put his heart into his work.Thanks for your comments in my blog.coming from you makes them special because i value your judgement.

  16. Harashita says:

    true words….no predecided notions lead to happiness…hppiness is something personal…ur wishes and desires decide ur happiness…so if u wanna be happy work for wat u love….

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  18. ekawaaz says:

    Man you write so well….really motivational..keep writting….

  19. Kris. Krishnamoorthy says:

    Hi Hiren,

    It is very nice to find your article on passion and work. Pls. keep posting this type of articles.
    Kris@IIT Madras

  20. Kiran says:

    Hi Hiren,

    First of all thanks a ton for visiting my blog and taking the time out to post a comment 🙂

    Well, I read TOI and have come across few of these posts in the newspapers. But frankly, I dont know what to make of it. I mean these are no doubt exceptionally well written and motivating. But to begin with, I somehow dont find myself to be the right audience for this post. What I mean is I am not at all “trapped in the wrong profession”.

    I am enjoying my profession. Maybe thats because I have been in it just over a year now. Of course, maybe its not my ultimate passion, meaning that it is possible that there is some other profession to which I wouldve done better justice, and which wouldve done better justice to me. Nevertheless it is satisfying for me.

    I would love to know your thoughts on this situation. A person really likes his job and is doing enough justice to it. However, it may not be what he was “made for”. Would you please oblige? 😀

    Probably you got the wrong idea after reading my blog. I was coming more from the angle of EVERYONE being able to give back to society, no matter what profession he or she is in. Which means you can keep your job and earn well and still fulfill your utmost duty – of paying back to society. You dont need to sacrifice everything. Anyways, I dont think this is relevant to the present context ,and I’ve already written about it on my blog, So i’l let it pass.

    But please do put in your thoughts about the professional dilemma I mentioned above.


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    I am happy to come across yet another interesting blog of yours. I will visit as often I can.

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    Thats a very amazing thing i’ve read in recent times ,

    thanks for coming to my blog and introducing me to your wonderful one ,

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    thanks for your comment.
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  24. kalyan says:

    Very interesting & thought provoking read!….but sometimes we are just helpless, isn’t it.

  25. jpen says:

    you should view the interview of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers it is called “The power of myth”campbell taught religion and the myths every culture on earth have in comon,when asked the way to have a good life he said simply “Follow your bliss”

  26. Hiren… This is really cool…great thinking and analysis. You really seem to be writing a lot… 🙂

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  31. saleem asraf says:

    my work is my passion, I dont have any other work in my life.but slowly fatigue is creeping…my friends tell me that i should have been out of india,there is too much struggle in india according to them

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    I am glad to find your blog,few people in China have a vision like this. true words….no predecided notions lead to happiness…hppiness is something personal…ur wishes and desires decide ur happiness

  58. i am totally sharing your thoughts about doing in life what you like, and being happy doing it. However oppisite to on example I hope my marriage gives me more than a month of happiness!

  59. emo says:

    nice, i love this quote ““I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This”: by Julie Jansen”

  60. Domain says:

    I’m completely agree with you, we must love our work, especially the daily one, if we love that daily work, we’ll be happy for entire time

  61. I am glad to find your blog,few people in China have a vision like this,your thinking is great and is useful for me.Thanks!

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  63. Great post, i always attempt to make my passion my profession

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  65. as always, put your heart first, great article.

  66. Jaipreet says:

    Great stuff! Another of Conficuous’ saying – ‘If you do a job what you love doing then you will never have to work in your life’.

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