Where’s the Passion?

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” — Unknown

You have to have a “fire in your belly” to do this kind of work. You need to have drive. It can’t come from anywhere, but yourself. I truly believe that.

The first person to tell me that was Jim Smith, a adjunct professor I had at CCSU. Jim taught me a lot. He was teaching opinion writing, but he taught me more about writing and being a good journalist.

I really took that to heart.

I really get fired up about my work. Call it passion, dedication or whatever else you can think of. I really put everything into my stories. I take it very seriously. You have to. I don’t think you can do this any other way.

You need to have that fire in your gut to do this. Passion makes you curious. Passion gives you the drive you need. It’s crucial.

I’m not saying you can’t do this without passion, but it’s not the same.

You can call it a cycle.

Getting the ideas, doing the interviews, going through your notes and finding the motivation to write the story are things that I look forward to. It doesn’t hurt that I love to write.

As weird as this may sound, I can’t wait to get up at 5:30 a.m. (except for Mondays) to go to work and see my name in the paper.

Ask yourself “why are you going to be a journalist?”

Are you nosy and curious? Are you obsessed with the news? Do you want to inform people? Do you even like talking to people?

Those are questions you have to ask yourself. It’s a commitment to be a journalist. You can’t half-ass this job. Trust me. The commitment has to be there.

For me, it was simple. I’m already nosy and this is the best job for me to stay that way. I ask way too many questions as it is.

You need to have the drive. Period. If you don’t, the love you have for this profession will fade away.

Jonathan

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