Passion is like oxygen. Without it, it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to do anything.
Many people have probably counseled you to “follow your passion” as the key to having a fulfilling career. And being passionate about your career can be an amazing source of energy that can drive you to be successful. But your passion can also be outside of work, for what your career enables you to do. In this article, we’ll discuss what passion is, why it’s important, and proof for why it is our true energy source in life.
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
Just as the sun is the final, major energy source for everything on earth (burning fossil fuels? That’s fossilized trees, which is just previously captured solar energy)—passion is the major energy source for everything you do in your life. Ignoring passion is like attempting to blot out the sun: You can do it, but why would you? Life is so much better and richer if you don’t. If you instead embrace that energy source and build systems to capture it and use it to power the things you want to do.
Research has shown for over a decade that passion is a key predictor of success in entrepreneurship. The more passionate you are about what you are doing, the more likely you are to succeed.
But what is passion, really?
Passion is the fire inside that can keep you pushing even when the chips are down. It’s an emotion that pushes you to action, and that action can transform your life.
If you can harness your passion, you can achieve extraordinary things.
I might like to bake, but without passion for it, I will never keep pushing myself to get better and better, even through burns, cuts and bruises, setbacks and obstacles. It’s still just a hobby. That’s why I will never be world-class at it.
With passion, however, you will keep pushing. Even when things are terrible, you’ll still love it and want to go back for more.
If you have passion for something, you know it. No one needs to tell you, because it’s the thing you keep coming back to. Even when it’s hurting, you still can’t get enough.
But what if you don’t know what your passion is? That’s okay—it’s not too late. You can find your passion, and it can transform your life. Your life before you found your passion will seem strange and distant. You’ll have the singular purpose you always wanted. And it could be just around the corner.
In fact, that is exactly the topic of next week’s article: We’ll explore how to activate passion in your life. Whether it’s in your career or somewhere else, anyone can be driven by passion to achieve incredible things. Tune in next week to find out how.
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