Tom Peters, the author of the best-selling business book, “In Search of Excellence,” noted that “Nothing good or great can be done in the absence of enthusiasm.”
This is so true in business. While passion is no substitute for business skills and experience, where passion matters, and it does matter, nothing else can take its place. Often likened to the fire within:
- Passion keeps you going, keeps you focused, keeps you real and grounded.
- Passion is about your personal conviction and energy to achieve the extraordinary.
And while passion is powerful; like fire, you need to feed, protect and fan it to keep it burning. Peaks and troughs, highs and lows, ups and downs are part of business. I know when I’m up and I’m on a roll, things just happen and then, there are the “other times”, when it’s like I’m on a “crash and burn” run. Passion requires commitment, energy and courage, determination to keep going no matter what!
It also requires that you associate with passionate people.
- Some will be inspired by your passion
- Some will be intimidated
- Some will seek to dampen your fire
- Others may unwittingly try to derail you.
So, if your goal is to live with passion and purpose, you need to recognize people for what they are and associate with those who are also passionate people with purpose. You can’t be around passionate people very long before their optimism starts to rub off. Their energetic, upbeat approach to life is contagious.
How would you rate you passion, right now today? If your passion is dwindling or has been reduced to a flickering ember, maybe it’s time to do something about it.
- Take a minute and remember what you love about what you do
- Grab a coffee with someone passionate and positive
- Then get out of your own way, take action and go do what you gotta do
Go on, what’s the worst that could happen?