Let’s start with an exercise. Think: Where have you most heard or read the words integrity and passion? Moral science classes at your school? Random coffee mug quotes or wallpapers and mission statements? Perhaps they were listed down as requirements for a job that you last applied for? ‘The Ideal candidate should be honest and passionate about their work.’ Relatable?
Integrity and passion are two qualities that define the character of a person. We are fed with their importance in everything we do, through various channels in our life — starting with lessons we pick up at school lessons or those we adopt during our day to day. Yet, why are these virtues not common? The answer is that they are not as easy to uphold, no matter their validity. These morals are the only foundation that may propel you to unparalleled heights in personal and professional fronts, making you more likeable and successful as an employee and as a person.
An integral person is one who demonstrates ethical values at work. Trustworthy and dependable, these are the people who follow the principles of honesty and truthfulness even when they are not being watched or evaluated.
Passion, on the other hand, is the power and love that you feel for doing certain things. Why is passion important in the workplace? Because you spend most hours of a day working. “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why,” said Mark Twain, emphasising the connecting fibre between passion and purpose.
If integrity is the hallmark of your moral values and conduct, passion is the scale on which your productivity depends. Look at both as different sides of the same coin, a coin that is your key to happiness and the ultimate value that we all as humans seek.
To explore this connection, read the second part of this blog.
Spark Makki is Head of English Content at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me