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Set Free the Power of Passion

To achieve great things, you need strong feelings. What drives high-achievers? The answer is passion. Why are feelings such a commanding motivator? An intense strong feeling is the last thing you think about before you go to bed at night and the first thing you think about when you wake up. Intense strong feeling is like an addiction, and if someone told you to stop, it would be unworkable for you to give it up. Those who have been fortunate enough to know and chase their passions don’t mind if they are getting paid to do it or not. It is a part of the purpose, the calling in life, and without it, a bit is lost.

Fervor stimulates will. Ardor turns have-to into want-to. If I want something badly enough I will find the resolve to attain it, and won’t stop attempting until I reach it. Zeal is the essence of dedication. Enthusiasm is what deeply stirs us. Passion is the fire from within that motivates us. When fervor is missing, actions lack meaning and we don’t get the results we desire. Passion is the seed from which devotion blossoms.

However, following our passion is not simple or easy as it sounds. Those once-in-a-lifetime moments where what someone loves to do fall right into lap is infrequent. For most people, making time in their lives to do what they love takes patience, hard work, and persistence. It also depends on what you are passionate about. Some are lucky enough to have passions that fit nicely into a business model or into the business world, so if they work hard enough, are patient enough, and are persistent enough, they can turn their passion into a realistic career. Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to forego pursuing your passion.

Work is only one component of our lives or it should be. You need to make the commitment to find time and opportunities to get out and do things you feel intensely. In our overscheduled world, it is tough to carve out time to do things we truly love, but no one who seriously talks about pursuing their passion ever says it is easy. They do, however, unequivocally say that it is worth the effort.

It is vital to keep in mind that passion requires energy to grow and one of the best ways to get that energy is to share it with others. Just like a plant needs water, passion needs to be nurtured every day in order for it to grow to the point where it becomes understandable to the rest of the world. There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one we are capable of living.

What a feeling, first when there is nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind. All alone, crying silent tears full of pride in a world made of steel, made of stone. Well, I hear the music, close my eyes, feel the rhythm, wrap around, and take a hold of my heart. What a feeling is being and believing. I can have it all, now I am dancing for my life. Take my passion and make it happen. Now pictures come alive, I can dance right through my life. Now I hear the music, close my eyes, I am rhythm. In a flash it takes hold of my heart. Now I really have it all.

Success, Passion, Discipline and Source of Human Energy

We all would dearly love to be enthused about life and work. What a joy it would be to feel inspired and motivated all the time. How rich it would be to love life and love work! Instead, it is alarming how often we limp along, out of touch with true talents and desires. Sadly, we operate with an external sense of duty. We are compelled to achieve goals others say are important instead of a pure inner power that makes life simple and richly rewarding.

Everyone talks about passion when it comes to business, happiness and a successful life in general. Think about when you’ve had passion for something. Maybe it’s for a hobby. Maybe it is for a game or a sport. Didn’t that make things easier or more fun, at least for a time? Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Yes, that sure sounds good.

What do you think of when you think of hard work? Having to exert a lot of discipline? Certainly, it involves a mental force of will and perhaps physical strain. For most, hard work and will power have a decidedly repelling quality to them. We all want success. If we lack something, we chase that which we lack. Whatever success means to us: Status, love, happiness, money, rewards, attention, you name it, if we’re missing some essential element; all our attention focuses on that.

Energy is the elixir that transforms thought and emotion into action. Without fuel there is no fire and no discussion of success, passion and discipline would be complete without understanding the source of human energy. When does your energy flow more easily? Why are there times when you can tap into your reserves more readily? Notice children at play. When watching them romp around in shear joy, how many times have we said: “Where do they get all that energy?” Aren’t we saying, for one thing, that we wish we could have such energy?

Certainly, children’s energy doesn’t come from a sense of duty or self discipline! Are they running on passion? If so, where does that passion come from? When we are truly engaged in something like children, it is not discipline that moves us nor is it passion that is providing the energy.

What is going on here? Passion? Not likely. Discipline? Of course not. You were being childlike. You got your judgmental mind out of the way. Your opinions about others, your personality, and your beliefs about yourself and any worry about what others thought of you, all took a back seat to your current attention. Your preconceived sense of duty, honor, responsibility and all those things that bind you up with doubt, fear, and embarrassment vanished and an attitude of discovery and being emerged. What’s going on here?

You were in the state of flow. In the state of flow you are free. There is no other place you should be or want to be. Self doubt doesn’t exist. All blocks that your normal self believes in are obliterated for those few moments. In a word, it is presence. It is being in the moment. This is when life is sweet. It is total engagement. You are caught up in the everlasting present moment of complete awareness, curiosity and effortless action and a feeling of limitless energy. Your adult, controlling mind left you alone! Your inner child was freed.

You begin to see that energy is free. It doesn’t have to be manufactured or sought after. Your mind-body must rest to replenish itself but your mind and body do not create the energy. They just use it! When used without blocks, fear or anxiety, the result is effortless!

This is happiness. This is richness. Now that you understand the role of personal energy and presence in the success game, you can begin to become aware of the choices you make in life. Observe yourself. Is something blocking the flow? Begin experimenting with your flow of energy. Prove to yourself that it may be more about a mindset and freeing yourself than it is about self discipline or feelings of passion.

Following Passion is Different than Cultivating Passion

Do you want to love what you do for a living? Follow your passion. This piece of advice provides the foundation for modern thinking on career satisfaction and this is a problem. We follow different strategies to pursue happiness in our work. It is clear early in this process that the suggestion to "follow your passion" is flawed.

The first strike against this advice is the lack of scientific evidence. Motivation and satisfaction in the workplace is a major research topic, as happy employees are better employees. It’s difficult, however, to find studies that argue the importance of matching a work environment to a pre-existing passion. Most studies instead point to the importance of more general traits, like autonomy or a sense of competence; see, for example, the voluminous research literature on Self-Determination Theory for more on such findings. These traits are agnostic to the specific type of work performed, contradicting the idea that you must find the exact right job to be happy.

The second strike against this advice comes from the anecdotal evidence. If you study the career paths of people who end up loving their work, you’ll find that clearly identified pre-existing passions are rare. Some people do figure out early on what they want to do with their life, but most follow much more complicated paths on which passion emerges slowly over time.

Just because "follow your passion" is bad advice, however, doesn’t mean that you should abandon the goal of feeling passionate about your work. This reality instead emphasizes that the strategies that work are more complicated. Below is how people actually end up loving what they do.

Different people are looking for different things in their work, but in general, if you study people with compelling careers, they enjoy some combination of the following traits: autonomy, respect, competence, creativity, and or a sense of impact. In other words, if you want to feel passionate about your livelihood, don’t seek the perfect job, instead seek to get more of these traits in the job you already have.

The problem, of course, is that these traits are rare and valuable. Just because you really want a job that allows you to autonomously tackle respected creative projects doesn’t mean that someone will hand it to you. These rare and valuable traits require that you have rare and valuable skills to offer in return, and building these skills requires time and deliberate effort. If you’re unfulfilled in your current position, therefore, start by asking how you can become more valuable.

Passion is elusive. Many people develop the rare and valuable skills that can lead to passion, but still end up unhappy in their work. The problem is that the traits that might lead you to love your work are more likely to be useful to you than your organization. As you become increasingly valuable, for example, your boss might push you toward traditional promotions that come with more pay and more responsibility, as this is what is most useful to your company — whereas you might find more passion by leveraging your value to gain autonomy in your schedule or project selection. Getting good, in other words, is not enough by itself. You have to use your ability wisely. This pattern is common in the stories of people who end up loving their work: after they develop rare and valuable skills they then use these skills as leverage to take control of their career path, often veering far off the standard trajectory. This act of leverage requires courage, but can return great rewards.

Passion is dangerous. Some argue that "follow your passion" is harmless advice. If it can help even a small number of people realize that they don’t have to settle, what’s the problem? I disagree. I’ve seen too many of my peers fall into anxiety and chronic job-hopping due to this flawed advice. The issue is expectations. If you believe that we all have a pre-existing passion, and that matching this to a job will lead to instant workplace bliss, then reality will always pale in comparison. Work is hard. Not every day is fun. Building the skills that ultimately lead to a compelling career can take years of effort. If you’re seeking a dream job, you’ll end up disappointed, again and again.

Don’t set out to discover passion. Instead, set out to develop it. This path might be longer and more complicated than what most upbeat career guides might preach, but it’s a path much more likely to lead you somewhere worth going.

Do You Really Know What Your Passion Is?

Imagine a life orchestrated to complement your natural rhythms. A life where your work is your play and your play is your life. You ought to have to be happy, healthy and wealthy. You are authorized to create your life on your terms. Instead of putting up with mediocrity, waiting for a knock on the door or an invitation to change, take your life’s adventure to heart. The process begins here, now, today. It is time to get moving, wake up, lift the veil of the status quo, and embrace the richness of Art of Mindful Living.

Living mindfully entails a passion for life. If you are locked in a windowless room, passion would be the key that opens the door. When you are in the presence of a passionate person, the world falls away, and you are suddenly swept up in a tidal wave of possibility. The world is a playground for people who have the courage to follow their bliss and shun bias. What are you passionate about?

Personal awareness is another important factor. Awareness allows you to look for opportunities in your surroundings and also to understand how your mind perceives opportunity. Be bold and direct in your awareness. Bumping around from one mindless task to the next is not acceptable. You are here to make something of your life, and your conscious choices will guide you with fulfilling your dreams.

Passion combined with awareness leads to opportunity, and the courage to take action with passion must be nourished from loving support of friends, family, coaches and mentors. You are who you surround yourself with. To boldly go where no one else has gone before is a sexy idea. Sexier still is discovering mentors, explorers and visionaries who are willing to share the bold steps they have already taken along with the lessons they learned along the way. Often times, all we ever have to do are exploring our curiosity; comforted by the knowledge that we are no alone. What kind of people do you share your time with?

Trust is the third magical key. Trust in God, the Universe, your Higher Power, your intuition. While having faith is not always an easy proposition, you simply must find the courage to believe in yourself. What do you believe in? Act on your instincts and understand it is your personal responsibility for creating your life on your terms. Give yourself permission to have the audacity to discover several ideas and find the perfect fit. When you know and you honor who you are, you will be happy and free.

It is never too soon, nor too late to follow your passion, but do you really know what your passion is? We assume that we really know what our passions are upfront. Can you tell just by thinking about it? The way it really works is that you have to get good at something, and then you become passionate about it. When I studied people who love what they do for a living, I found that in most cases their passion developed slowly, often over unexpected and complicated paths. It’s rare, for example, to find someone who loves their career before they’ve become very good at it — expertise generates many different engaging traits, such as respect, impact, autonomy — and the process of becoming good can be frustrating and take years.

It may not be realistic to follow your passion. We don’t consider the barriers like what if your passion won’t pay? Or what if you don’t actually want to turn your hobby or passion into a full-time career? What if your passion leads you down a road that means you’ll actually make less of an impact?

If follow your passion is bad advice, then why do people follow it? There are two reasons people keep trying to follow their passion. One reason is that we hear this advice everywhere! We are told this is the way that people succeed. Just follow your passion and the money will follow. Our culture celebrates dreamers who stick with it and overcome all odds. But that is just a story, it is not how the vast majority of people succeed or become passionate about their work. Another reason is that it makes us feel good. People don’t like to put in the hard work upfront to become excellent and indispensable. They would rather play around with things they love and just hope that the world rewards them for it. So how do you find a job you love at least most of the time?

The real way to find a job you love is to set up a system. A system lets you focus with strategic tunnel vision on what you need to be focused on right now. When you have a system for finding a dream job, you can stop trying to figure it all out in your head. Instead, you can get specific about what you want and then go out and test your ideas. Find out what the job is really like.

Using a system can save you a lot of frustration and weeks or even years, of effort. Many people want to turn a hobby into a career, only to find out that the professionals in that category often spend more time on business development than doing their hobbies. Other people find their passions are not realistic careers, but find similar or related careers that also support the lifestyle they want. Are you ready to ditch the passion-based job search and set up a career search system? How to search for specific jobs you can be passionate about? Setting up a system is easy, and shouldn’t take much time at all. That is because all your time should really be spent talking to people. First, get extremely specific about what you want and when you think you’ve gotten specific enough, dig even deeper. We often hear goals like “I want to work with innovative, growing companies that add value by leveraging my unique management skills.” What does that even mean? Do you know the actual job you want?

Start by spending a few minutes writing down 10 specific job titles that interest you. An important caveat is to not disqualify a job simply because it has a single aspect you don’t absolutely love. For instance, an average financial adviser may not be able to negotiate a flexible schedule; however, don’t be too picky at this step. Second, choose one job title to pursue. Pick one and just go down the rabbit hole. You’ll learn 10 times more from picking one and executing than sitting in a room and trying to come up with your dream position on your own.

Finally, list 10 companies you’re interested in that have the exact job title you’re looking for, and schedule informational interviews with people actually doing the job you’re pursuing. It is more effective to spend a few minutes writing some options, then go out and take people to coffee and test your ideas. If you run into a dead-end or decide it’s not the career for you, “great,” “you have nine other options to pursue.”


I am Eros, passion, concupiscence, mania, warmth, rage, and cacoethes!

Posted January 18, 2013 by dranilj1 in Art

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