Passion plays a huge role in every journey to success. And this is so because it drives confidence and creates the aura of belief and possibility. Like flowers attract the bees, passion woo opportunities and open doors of triumph.
This isn’t about the intimacy between lovebirds but the compelling enthusiasm, desire, energy, zeal or commitment you exude in the pursuit of what matters to you. It could be pitching a dream, attending a job interview, starting a business, studying a course or even taking on a challenge. These things in one way or the other all require some ounces of passion in order to successfully scale through them.
An example of a good demonstration of passion that I’ve seen is in the game of Rugby (and did I hear you say, that violent sport, well…laughs) The All Blacks is the National Rugby Team of the New Zealand and are acclaimed for their electrifying display of passion on the rugby pitch before taking on their opponents.
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”- E. M. Forster
During their matches, they demonstrate to everyone; the fans and especially their opponents, how committed they are to winning the game, how driven they are to succeed and how daring they are to take on any team or any challenge.
This sheer display of passion for the game of rugby psychologically immobilises the opponent and mentally energises the All Blacks team to winning their every game. They challenge their opponents to bring on the game, their best and see the All Blacks take them on. See the video below for yourself.
Did you see the facial expressions? Did you see the body languages? What about the energies? The enthusiasm and obsessions? That’s passion at work!
There are three things you need to know about passion that can help you bring zest and gusto into what you do; your job or career, your business or vocation, your dream or pursuit.
#1. Passion attracts
Passionate people attract opportunities, resources, collaborations, help, support and all they need for the execution of their projects or ventures. When you’re passionate about your aspirations, you’re halfway to succeeding. And like a magnet, you’ll have the capacity to pull in your direction what you require.
A friend of mine attended a job interview with JP Morgan and with very little years of experience on her CV compared to other candidates, she landed the job role. Being a very enthusiastic person, she leveraged on her passionate qualities throughout the interview process. She constantly projected positive energies that endeared her to her interviewers. On one of the many questions, she answered thus, “Honestly, I neither know how to use the tool nor the methodology you just mentioned but what I can say is this; I’m very willing to learn.” This innocent admission was enough to disqualify her but her compelling enthusiasm produced a charm and an oomph that was simply irresistible.
#2. Passion spreads
Passion is contagious, it easily spreads. When you get passionate about what you do, you end up creating the same effects on others whether in a team, a group, a band or a squad. In leadership, passion releases a force field that enables you to impact people and influence their lives. With passion for your business or enterprise, you can create raving fans and loyal customers.
#3. Passion inspires
It’s not possible to be passionate and not be inspiring. Passion inspires! It uplifts, stimulates, arouses and ignites positive actions. It kindles the flame of possibility and evokes cooperation. Martin Luther King Jr. acclaimed for the ‘I have a dream’ speech inspired the black community in America and all around the world to stand against racial discrimination. Nelson Mandela stood against the apartheid government in South Africa and as a result inspired others for change. Mahatma Gandhi of India became known for the use of non-violent and civil disobedience against racial prejudices.
The list goes on.
My argument here is very simple…bring zest and gusto into all you do and see the power of passion in creating success.
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