What carries people to the top? What makes them take risks, go the extra mile, and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals? It isn’t talent. It’s passion. Passion is more important than a plan. Passion creates fire.
A passionate person with limited talent will outperform a passive person who possesses greater talent. Why? Because passionate people act with boundless enthusiasm, and they just keep on going! Talent plus passion energizes.
The old saying is true: “Find something you like to do so much that you’d gladly do it for nothing, and if you learn to do it well, someday people will be happy to pay you for it.” When that’s the case, then true are the words of a motto that Dr. Charles Mayo kept on his office wall: “There’s no fun like work.”
THE POWER OF PASSION
1. Passion Is the First Step to Achievement
Loving what you do is the key that opens the door for achievement. When you don’t like what you’re doing, it really shows—no matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t.
“When you want knowledge as much as you just wanted air, then you will get knowledge” – Socrates
The only way you can achieve anything of significance is to really want it. Passion provides that.
2. Passion Increases Willpower
What we accomplish in life is based less on what we want and more on how much we want it.
People who want something enough usually find the willpower to achieve it.
You can’t help people become winners unless they want to win. Champions become champions from within, not from without.
3. Passion Produces Energy
When you have passion, you become energized. You don’t have to produce perseverance; it is naturally present in you. It helps you to enjoy the journey as much as reaching the destination. Without it, achievement becomes a long and difficult road.
“Death isn’t the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
4. Passion Is the Foundation for Excellence
“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
When you find purpose, you find passion. And when you find passion, it energizes your talent so that you can achieve excellence.
5. Passion Is the Key to Success
“Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes more than talent to create success. It takes passion.
6. Passion Makes a Person Contagious
“You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning within your own.” – Eleanor Doan
If you don’t possess the energy that you desire, then you need to fire up your passion. Here is how I suggest you proceed:
a. Prioritize Your Life According to Your Passion
“There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few that catch my heart. It is those I consider to pursue.” – Tim Redmond
b. Protect Your Passion
If you’ve ever built a fire, then you know this: the natural tendency of fire is to go out. If you want to keep a fire hot, then you need to feed it, and you need to protect it.
There are two kinds of people: firelighters, who will go out of their way to help you keep your fire hot, and firefighters, who will throw cold water on the fire of passion that burns within you.
These firefighters focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right. They find the cloud that comes with every silver lining. They doubt. They resist change. They keep people from reaching their potential by trying to put out the fire of their passion. Stay away from them. Instead, spend more time with people who see you not just as you are but as you could be; people who encourage your dreams, ignite your passion.
c. Pursue Your Passion with Everything You’ve Got
“If you really, really believe in your dream, you’ll get there. But you have to have passion and total commitment to make it happen. When you have passion and commitment, you don’t need a complex plan. Your plan is your life is your dream.” – Rudy Ruettiger
Disclaimer: I’ve taken these lines from John Maxwell’s book, Talent Is Never Enough. I posted them in my blog to share it with others and may they learn from these. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do so. 🙂 It’s one of the books really worth reading.