Real You: The passion problem

     Yep, it's true. It's tough out there. The economy is forcing layoffs, businesses aren't hiring. More people than ever are out of work. But what about the people who are still employed. Are they grateful? Happy even? It turns out, more than half aren't. According to an Adecco North America survey, 54 percent of employed Americans say they will look for a new job once the recession ends. Among 18 to 29 year olds, the number jumps to 71 percent. Almost 3/4ths of the under 30 crowd will leap at the chance to leave you once the recovery begins.       This is a problem. It's a passion problem. If you're the leader of a team with these folks working for you, how are you going to rev up the passion? How will you build a culture that makes your team want to be there when times get better? And times will get better.

      If you are one of the disenchanted, hanging on paycheck to paycheck because it's better than joining the ranks of the unemployed, have you considered the entrepreneurial route? You could start by becoming what Deborah Bailey calls a moonlighting entrepreneur, building a business that sparks your passions while you're still doing your day job.

     Or, you could try becoming an intrapreneur. An intrapreneur takes this opportunity to change the way she looks at her current job. She looks for ways to make work fun again, and brings her passion back to her position.  With that passion comes new solutions and new ideas - and perhaps - a new respect from the boss. Think about it. You aren't stuck unless you think you are. Fear freezes.

     Turn your passion into action. Make that change now and your own personal recovery will start long before the recession ends. For some creative ways to get your passion flowing check out my new ebook: Turn Your Passion Into Profits, available now!