Passion plays a key part in how we approach our work, why we wake up every morning, and why we work so hard at providing the best interpretations for all the stakeholders involved. You are more than ‘just’ an interpreter who does this job. Having passion for what you do and knowing how your strengths makes you the best at what you do everyday makes such a big difference in the interpreting work. You matter, your choices matter, and being present and always being aware of the human dynamics that you are faced with everyday matters.
Do you take risks? Do you challenge yourself to grow beyond your comfort zone? Do you continue to ask questions? We can always step up and say we love what we do and we will try our very best every single day. Be around people who you would like to model your language from, or interpreting behaviors from, or feel inspired by. Get a mentor in the field who will help you grow and develop your skills on a weekly basis. When we are passionate–we want to be awesome at what we do. The thing is we don’t just wake up awesome, we have to work at it. So know yourself, know your work, and be the best interpreter you can be starting right now. Believe in yourself.