When we go to work, we often have a mindset that guides us through the day. The way we handle tasks given to us throughout the day, and also the way we deal with people we interact with at work, depends on the way in which we look at the whole routine we follow. We’re choosing to look at two of the possible ways in which we can look at the workplace, and contrast them.

Business and pleasure is a phrase we often hear. However, we’d like to spin it on it’s head and replace pleasure with passion. Business and pleasure are definitely polar opposites, but the lines become blurred when we compare business and passion. However, there are some factors that clearly differentiate these outlooks towards the daily grind.

When we look at work as something we do for business’ sake, it becomes a serious ball game. Those that harp on a soundly business oriented style of working tend to be extremely objective in the workplace. They treat teamwork and comradeship at work as a means to achieve goals rather than an emotional bond. The sound objectivity that they develop often leads them to be pragmatic in the way they think. Revenue and profit is, for example, the key objective to be achieved from work from a finance professional with a rigid, business oriented mindset. The end goal of a job is like a target in the eye of an archer for a business minded person. Their journey towards their goals is marked by rigidity, discipline, and an adhering to an unwavering work ethic.

Passion is something that is far more nuanced in terms of the way we see it acting out at work. A passionate person is emotionally connected to what they do. A passionate psychologist, for example, doesn’t just look at an end goal in terms of the revenue it generates or the profit it incurs. He or she would rather empathize with the people interacted with, and turn their passion for achieving a mentally sound word into a stellar effort towards counseling someone. The emotionality of work that one chooses to involve themselves into really affects the way one invests themselves into it. Passion is something that arises when we understand the higher purpose of our actions rather than looking at them within confined, strict boundaries.

Everyone has their own way of looking at functioning in the workplace. How do you choose to function? Do you think that rigid rules and calculated decisions have the upper hand? Or do you think that the higher purpose rather than the best outcome matter? Maybe we need a little bit of both of these streams of thought in practice. Maybe sometimes calculated decisions, and using one’s intuition can work together to generate effective outcomes from the efforts one makes! If you foresee your goals, maybe thinking about the outcomes in terms of the higher purpose they serve, as well as the profits or pure ‘business’ perspective can really help you achieve an ideal result that you desire!

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An undergraduate in Psychology, Shantanu is an aspiring Educational Psychologist who will be pursuing his Master’s in 2018 at the Ohio State University. He is adept with psychometric and statistical research, and has honed his grasp over psychology through a 4 year undergraduate course in Liberal Education at FLAME University, Pune.