To the Passionate…

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This morning while emptying the dishwasher, I listened to Marilyn McCoo and the 5th Dimension sing One Less Bell to Answer. As I listened, I was struck by the passion in her words.

I rushed to tell Barb that one of the things I love about her is the passion she brings to life.

I first saw my wife’s passion, when I foolishly mentioned her spelling errors in an article she had written almost 30 years ago.

In no time did those words come out of my mouth then I found myself alone in a room with Barb.

I don’t remember what she said, but I do remember her passion.

Later, I learned that Barb felt we would never have a relationship after that exchange.

What she didn’t realize, was the passion she communicated resonated with me.

That’s why I asked her out and that’s one of the reasons we eventually married.

T.S. Eliot said it best when he said,

“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.”

I resonate with Eliot entirely, however when I apply my experience I would use these words,

It is obvious that we can no more explain what unemployed job seekers go through  to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.

I’d even go so far to say,

It is obvious that we can no more explain what unemployed job seekers go through to the many HR and recruitment veterans who advise job seekers than we can explain light to the blind. (1)

It is for that reason, that my passion led me to write two books for job seekers so that they can benefit from my experiences. (2)

I’ve seen how my books have changed people’s lives, but that’s not the purpose of this article.

If you don’t know your passion…

If you don’t know your passion consider the words cartoonist Cathy Guisewite shared when she returned to address the graduating class at U of Michigan.

“Take the classes, the friends, and the family that have inspired the most in you. Save them in your permanent memory and make a backup disk. When you remember what you love, you will remember who you are. If you remember who you are, you can do anything.”

Consider these passionate people who’ve changed the world…

Three of the passionate people I often think of are…Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs and Jack Kennedy.


It was Nelson, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and South Africa’s first head of state who said,
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Steve Jobs, one of my heroes, said,

People with passion can change the world for the better.


“You’ve got to find what you love…The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

It was Kennedy who spoke before the Irish Parliament and said,

This is an extraordinary country. George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life: Other people, he said “see things and . . . say ‘Why?’ . . . But I dream things that never were– and I say: ‘Why not?'”

What many do not know is Kennedy went on to say,

It is that quality of the Irish–that remarkable combination of hope, confidence and imagination–that is needed more than ever today. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not. It matters not how small a nation is that seeks world peace and freedom, for, to paraphrase a citizen of my country, “the humblest nation of all the world, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.”

If you are like me, you’re frequently confronted with people whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.

When confronted by people like this, remember what Steve said,

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it…Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.


Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and author. Clark’s first book, Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there), was published in 2017. LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level was published in 2018.

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(1) I don’t mean to minimize the contributions of HR veterans and recruiters. In fact, they’ve taught me many things. I only mean to say that no one, no matter what field they are or were in can know what an unemployed job seeker goes through, unless they’ve been in their shoes.

(2) Here are the books I refer to.

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Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)

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LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level