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There’s a fine line between passion and fervor, a line you would do well to heed.
Think of normal shopping vs. Black Friday shopping. Hardly anyone is trampled to death at a retail store on any other day of the year. But now it isn’t uncommon to hear of serious injuries or – God forbid – a death.
Death by shopping.
Fervor is passion that isn’t tempered by wisdom. I see it when clients become obsessed with obtaining a position at their ideal company, their unfair treatment at the hands of management, being the “authority” in their line of work to the point that they are not open to the ideas of others, and finding the perfect way to go about navigating their careers.
Passion keeps you moving forward positively; fervor will eventually drag you down, wear you out, and keep you from putting your time and energy in places where it should be. Beware your fervor for the sake of your career.