You can teach a lot of things. You can teach someone how to tie a shoe. You can teach someone how to play basketball, softball, or soccer. You can teach someone advanced algebra. You can teach someone how to use a certain software on the computer. You can teach someone how to drive a car. There are a lot of things out there that you CAN teach. These all seem like important things and to some degree they are.
But can you teach things like passion? Or enthusiasm? I think it's all harder than we might like to think. Sometimes I believe that those things can't be taught. You have to have the heart and mindset to have those traits.
So, why am I writing this you ask? Where is this all going? And why should you care? Well, the answer is quite simple. If you are in the workforce or workplace, whatever you want to call it, you should care. You should care A LOT!
You can teach anyone to push paper, to make a cute graphic, to write a business letter. But getting that person excited about doing x,y, and z is not something you can teach. Which, if you think about it, someone not excited about the work they are doing will probably result in the work being mediocre and no one wants that. At least I don't.
Having an employee or even higher up bosses/managers not have passion about the work they are doing just makes it business as usual. And who wants business as usual? The answer should be NO ONE!
Heres some food for thought: YOU CAN'T FAKE PASSION. And eventually it will show in your work.
So, next time you have two people up for the same job, one may be a bit more qualified than the other, but the other has more passion and enthusiasm for what they do, hire the passionate person. You will see more goals reached than you would if you didn't hire him or her.
And that's just my take on the subject. Passion>Skill Sets