“Passion + Purpose” or “Pay + Perks”?

In the movie Up in the Air, George Clooney’s company is hired to help organizations downsize. Clooney’s character [Ryan Bingham] travels across the country to fire people. He encourages those that question what to do next to follow their dreams and do something that they love. Of course, I couldn’t agree more with the idea, which inspired this post.

In 2001, when I was laid off from my corporate PR job (along with everyone else that felt the sting of the dot.com bust), I did exactly what Bingham suggests. PR had always been my passion (not just a career choice) and I realized that the key to my future was to embrace it with purpose. That’s when Echo Communications was born.

By making the decision to combine Passion + Purpose, I wake up each day really excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Unfortunately, too many people I know have taken on a job because of the Pay + Perks instead of doing something they love.  (Of course, there is something to be said about paid vacations, annual bonuses, etc., but quite honestly, it comes nowhere close to the perks you get when you follow your dreams).

I’m curious to know your thoughts. Which would (did) you choose: Passion + Purpose or Pay + Perks? Or were you fortunate enough to find that perfect career opportunity that combines both?


5 responses to ““Passion + Purpose” or “Pay + Perks”?

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  2. Jodi – Thanks for sharing this post on the origins of Echo Communications. It is so great that you are doing what you feel you have passion and purpose for as a chosen career.

    you are so right that it’s easy to get caught up in the pay + perks side of work that might come the expense of doing what you were made to do.

    – @vedo

  3. Great post. I love what I do. Many people tell me I can be getting more money doing this or doing that, but I am passionate about what I do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am a PR Zealot.

    • Glad to hear that you’re passionate about what you do, Brad. I think that when we’re incented by $$ rather than the rewards of doing what we love, it’s very easy for work to become a chore. And we all know how much we love doing chores! 🙂

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