“A new class of jobs (and workers) is creating a different sort of worker, though. This is the person who works out of passion and curiosity, not fear.
The passionate worker doesn’t show up because she’s afraid of getting in trouble, she shows up because it’s a hobby that pays. The passionate worker is busy blogging on vacation… because posting that thought and seeing the feedback it generates is actually more fun than sitting on the beach for another hour. The passionate worker tweaks a site design after dinner because, hey, it’s a lot more fun than watching TV.”
–seth godin , writing about how work and play blur out of conviction, commitment, control.
Susan sez: If big companies can nurture this spirit, they have amazing workers, but often, they kill it. If you can find, hire, and retain passionate workers, you can do well, but they have to be able to have impact in your company, or it’s game over–they move on, often to their own thing.
(via sarah dopp)