We as humans are made to have a passion, be it in music, poetry, leading others to change, or any other activity. Passion is what gives us the drive and determination to keep going, because the going always gets tough.
My passion is for helping others achieve their goals. I enjoy seeing others succeed in what they set out to accomplish. I get just as excited when a friend has good news as if I was the one on the receiving end. My career as a Technical Writer allows me to use my writing abilities to help another make their voice heard, to help that voice become as powerful and intelligent as the person speaking.
My favorite story takes me back to my days as a Technical Writing intern. The man I worked for was a visiting professor and graduated at the top of his class from an ivy league school. The man was brilliant and the wheels in his head were always turning. His passion was for preserving ancient artifacts. He achieved this goal by researching digital cameras and printers in order to use the best products to photograph and print those artifacts. He wanted those pictures to tell the best story possible. With all the knowledge he collected on cameras and printers, he decided to write and sell books comparing products. The money he produced from these books helped him travel the world looking for artifacts. He was brilliant and had an amazing work ethic as well as a passion to achieve his dream. What was the catch? When he wrote his books, they sounded like he had no idea what he was talking about. He wrote off on tangents in all directions and sometimes never even got to the point he was trying to make. His writings were truly terrible. I mean no disrespect for sure, but writing was clearly not his gift.
As his intern, I had the ability to take his passion and truly help it take on life. I learned more than I ever dreamed about ancient artifacts and how to preserve them, along with knowing the best brands for cameras and printers. I was able to sift through and redirect his writing to give his written voice the authority it had on the subject matter. My passion was watching my boss achieve his dreams and create an income off of his writing.
Being a Technical Writer gives me a unique perspective. I must not only know the audience, but also know the author and his passions. I learn why he is in the business he is in and learn about a brand new topic I would never decide to learn on my own. My passion gives me the determination to learn new topics, new authors, and new audiences and make every word count.
No matter what your passion, seek it out and give it life.