I can’t express how true this Steve Jobs quote is. You have to be passionate. Passion is the fire that keeps us moving even when times get hard. Passion is what helps us to continue on when our dreams seem dead. Passion is also the thing that keeps our teams moving because they see it in us and are moved to action by a shared vision.
Barbara Corcoran says also that “you can’t fake passion.” Even if you tried, people would see right through you. There’s no point to faking passion anyway; it would just result in you simply flickering out into irrelevance.
Passion is hard to pinpoint, but it’s not hard to maintain. Strong interests are often mistaken as a person’s passion, but being interested in something is not enough to be the kind of leader that can cast your goals or solutions as a vision. What you’re passionate about is something that consumes you; you can’t let it go, and you don’t want to let it go. Your passion is what you feel you’re on this Earth to do, no matter what anyone else says. When you’re passionate about something, it’s hard for someone to stop you anyway.
I encourage you to take some time and reflect on what you’re passionate about. I don’t believe that one person only has one passion that keeps them motivated. I’m passionate about writing and music (more specifically creating in general), but I’m also passionate about leadership. I am constantly thinking about music and writing (yeah, I’m a nerd), but I am also always thinking about how to be a better leader, what book I’m going to read next to get to that idealistic leadership object I have in my mind, and how to train other people to be better leaders as well.
I’m passionate about other people finding their passions, so I hope this blog was helpful.
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