imageAn advice to all ardent and young people, who are in search of jobs and go to interviews or are prospecting for business.

Many who have been in the corporate world will recognise this statement.

“I am so passionate about this brand, growing it and taking the brand into new areas which it can expand into. I want this to be my legacy.”


This is the typical fluff we all con ourselves into believing. It is a statement, which one hears in many interviews, from hopeful candidates. Can you really be passionate about a commercial product, which has been created to attract consumers, with the sole motive to make money. Is this what your life is about? Not Allah and spirituality, not your family, or your country, nor the poor and underprivileged? If you have to descend from these high moral passions, then at least let it be the arts, or the sports or some lighter comic stuff.

When we were kids or in our teens, do you ever remember anyone ever saying they would die to be a Corporate President or a Marketing Director, or a Sales Director. Why? Because the young are real and say things which are reality. They do not have to be hypocritical and mush their stuff with constant fibs.

The truth is that as adults we need money for our present day existence. So we all have to earn it (Unless we are one of the very few, who are born with the proverbial silver spoon). Therefore, when we have to earn it, then we have to work hard at it. I personally think search for the legal tender, is not natural to us humans, but we compromise because its needed. So then lets be truthful and accept that we are doing it perforce, rather than putting up dramatic, oft repeated, idiotic statements, which most HR people actually never believe. You are being hired for your ability, experience and perceived integrity, not on seeming to be passionate about your role. We all know that given a ‘better job’, almost all of us (including the interviewer) will move on.

Now to understand the aspirational side of living. Most of us require higher aspirations, rather than just earning money (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs). There is a time and place for that definitely. The way to do this, is to have a larger vision in life and in the business, ie a method of achieving a higher moral stance in a business. That larger vision should drive us and if you are living that vision and are really passionate about it and work as a team, then the business will succeed also. When the business succeeds, it means that profit will happen and careers will do well. This will be the side effect. Allah works in strange ways. You work sincerely on a higher purpose and he will provide you with worldly success.

So next time when you are in an interview and asked about your motivation, then say that you are working hard because you need to do well in your personal life and ambitions. At the same time, you hope to do well and benefit those not so lucky as yourself. It works like magic. Because its the truth! So be passionate about the truth.

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About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

12 Responses to Passionate!

  1. Cydra says:

    A great word of advice! May be we get so bogged down in succeeding the interview that we just answer what the other side of the table wants to hear, instead of listening to our hearts and being who we really are.

  2. Fakhra Ashraf says:

    Very well said sir.

  3. Bader Munir says:

    What you wrote is exactly what many of us are thinking during the course of interview. Never finding the right words to express. You said it all so easily. So true !


  4. Usman Ajmal says:

    Sarfaraz, from my experience in NZ, Aus, UK corporate cultures, neither the person uttering the words, nor the person hearing them actually believes in them, but it shows to the employer the lengths the candidate is willing to go to. If that’s all they’re looking for, everybody wins. I’m lucky enough to be working in a job that ticks both the money and the ‘higher purpose’ tags. Many others are not so lucky and have to make do with what’s on offer.

  5. erumskhan says:

    I agree with every word but the way universities are churning out corporate slaves. Do you really expect them to have a greater vision? At most its the return on investment on the last degree…

    • sarfarazar says:

      Yes I understand that. Infact was involved with IBA some years ago on a mentoring cycle, which dealt with vision and values.
      I agree that it is all 360 degrees. From tarbiyat in the house, to school, colleges, society, what we see on TV and then finally the employee and employer. The whole chain.

  6. erumskhan says:

    Yes something is seriously wrong. The values are all haywire at home & uni both. We are valuing the wrong stuff & that’s reflecting on us both collectively & individually…

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