Passion. This word is thrown around, fabled as the key to success, and never explained. My mantra, 'Find your passion, live your dream' is not just an empty slogan. It is a guiding principle to my goal of changing the world one life at at time.
The idea of passion as a requirement for success is not what I disagree with. I am bothered by the lack of understanding of the depth of the term 'passion' and the lack of personal ownership in a persons own definition of success.
Passion encompasses many things, most notably:
- Discipline - to do or not to do
- Desire - to want to do
- Motivation - a reason to do
- Focus - to keep doing
- and Skill - to do well
This is why it a such misleading term.
Passion is an invisible fuel you can't buy, borrow, or steal. I think passion is raw and natural but like any growing thing it can be cultivated to produce a better yield. Passion, like energy, can be stifled but not destroyed. It can be restrained or hindered but not depleted. Passion, like love, is eternal but can hibernate. It can retreat in times of comfort or stress. It can dwindle malnourished or overwhelm when enticed. If you have captured your passion treat it as a beloved guest in your life and not as an enslaved work man.
I challenge you to question the value of your life and your definition of success. I dare you to become the person you were meant to be by finding your passion and defining your dreams. Take the courage to decide what your life is about and not just what you will do any given day. Live intentionally and aim to not waste any of the moments you have been blessed with.
I won't challenge you to do something that I haven't already done myself. I seek to know God and for Him and his love to be known to all. I desire to love without limits just as I have been. This is the purpose of my life. Luckily, this life is full of an infinite number of ways for me to live this everyday. This includes my work at Microsoft and my adventures with EDEN BodyWorks.
So, what are you doing and what are you going to do next? I can't wait to hear about it in the comments below!