More on freedom to work

From Seth Godin’s Workaholics:

A new class of jobs (and workers) is creating a different sort of
worker, though. This is the person who works out of passion and
curiosity, not fear.

The passionate worker doesn’t show up because she’s afraid of getting in trouble, she shows up because it’s a hobby that pays.

Is the passionate worker new?  Or is it just there’s a new type of web related job that people are now passionate about?  I’m guessing the latter.  I think there has always been people passionate about their jobs.  There may be more creative type jobs these days though … more jobs for people to be passionate about.