Life Without Passion is No Life at All

petershankman-haro-whnEvery now and again, I like to bring you interviews to give you a new perspective on work happiness. During my study of work happiness I have found that there are many paths to the same goal. Some people believe that loving what you do is a must, while other people believe that relationships are vital to enjoying the work that we do. Interviews are a great way to get out of your own perspective and see what other people are doing to develop their superpowers and live their passions.

Peter Shankman is best know for Help a Reporter Out (HARO). He connects reporters to experts. You can submit a query and within 24 hours have an expert contact you about your question. It’s one of the fastest growing social media services in North America. I’m subscribed to his emails. If you are an expert in the sphere of careers, money, relationships, or whatever you are passionate about then sign up for his list because you’ll be put in contact with reporters that could use your help.

Karl: Do you believe that you must love what you do to be successful? Why?

Peter: If you don't truly love what you do, how can you be passionate about it? And a life without passion is no life at all.

What was the most difficult part about building your business?

Not listening to the haters.

How do you cultivate work happiness in your career?

It's all about fun. The day it isn't, I ask myself what I can change to make it fun. When I start to get "blah" about what I'm doing, I know it's time to make some changes.

What do you do to help yourself stay motivated and productive?

Skydiving, Triathlons, Running, and BOXING!!

How do you maintain harmony between your working and non-working life?

I don't have a difference. Work is life, life is work, and it's ALL fun. Only people who don't have fun at work need to make the separation. (I'm totally gonna get shit for this answer, I can feel it.)

If you are feeling down, what do you do to lift your spirits?

See #4. Also, cats. 🙂

What is your biggest detriment to work happiness? How do you deal with this issue?

I used to have a girlfriend who was miserable in her job. Nothing I could do could cheer her up and make her realize it was time to move on to a better job. I finally realized I had to move on to a better girlfriend, sadly.

If you could give work happiness advice to someone just starting their own business in 140 characters or less (Twitter style) what would it be?

Life is too short to spend 12 hours a day being miserable.

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