To be human is to be infused with PASSION.
It’s the electricity that keeps us up at night, dreaming about what’s to come and what could be. Without it, we’d be as lifeless as an abandoned rag doll sitting on a shelf.
For sometime now, science’s proclaimed that passion isn’t what determines success, and in some respects, they’re right. There are a multitude of factors that influence the chances of success in one’s life.
But what science doesn’t understand is that passion is something that cannot be measured…
…it can only be witnessed.
But don’t take it from me, see what some of the greatest minds (past and present) have to say about passion. What it is, where it comes from, and what’s possible when you find it…
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.”
“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.”
“Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.”
“The world makes room for passionate people.”
“The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.”
“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.”
“Passion is the genesis of genius.”
“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.”
“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness.”
Sir Richard Branson
“When I was 15, I left school to start a magazine, and it became a success because I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I remember banging on James Baldwin’s door to ask for an interview when he came to England. Then I got Jean-Paul Sartre’s home phone number and asked him to contribute. If I’d been 30, he might have said no, but I was a 15-year-old with passion and he was charmed.”
“It lies in all of us. Sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead.”
One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”
Last but not least, my favorite…
“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.”
And this is just the tip of the iceberg because while the people on this list are impressive, REAL passion is found in everyday people.
People like you.
People whose names we haven’t heard (YET!) but we soon will.
And to those people, I say…
We’re waiting for you.
What’s your favorite quote on passion. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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