Passion For Sport But Not For Work

I love sport! I am passionate about sport. I have been competing in various competitions since I was 10 years’ old. That’s 48 years of competition.

These competitions include swimming, surf life saving, Australian Rules Football, golf, running, water polo, marathons, and triathlons. In fact, I have been competing in triathlons for 26 consecutive seasons, since my first competitive race in November 1985.

I am also passionate about the Essendon Football Club. I have invested lots of money in my passion for this Club as a coterie member and then attending an uncountable number of Club events since 1981. The Club asked me to be the CEO of its Hall of Fame Project in 1995, which I did for 12 months with some success. With my Fundraising Team, that included Peter Costello, Former Treasurer of Australian, and Lindsay Tanner, Former Finance Minister of Australia, we raised over $1.2 million dollars.

I also observe the thousands of people who every week demonstrate that they are passionate, indeed fanatical, about their football teams. They invest amazing energy in their support. AFL Clubs would not succeed without the passionate volunteers who enable the Clubs to function as they do.

What’s the tragedy? These passionate supporters are not pursuing their passion at work. They have passion, but not for their work. Surveys I have taken over the past 18 years show that less than 20% of Australians are passionate about their work.

What a waste!

Do not be like this.

Do not work in an environment where you cannot be passionate.

I never have, and I never will. I am passionate about sport, and just as passionate about my work.