doesn't come from business or books or even a connection with
another person. It is a connection to your own life force, the
world around you and the spirit that connects us all. You are
the source. Books, work, music, people, sunsets all provide
sparks, but only you can light the fire.
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
we do things with passion, things are better because we
put more of our selves into them. It's unfortunate
that we've come to think of passion as exclusively sexual,
or an extreme way of doing things--the person who's loudly
playing a game and reacting in extreme ways to what
happens is said to be "passionate," while the
quiet person playing the same game may be playing more
passionately, but just not making a show of it.
Passion does not equal loud or expressive--passion is
giving ourselves to our endeavor as well as we can.
I'm passionate about teaching, but one would never be able
to tell that by looking at me. I'm not outgoing and
I don't perform for my students--but I take plenty of time
to prepare and I make sure that I know what's effective
and what's not effective so that when I get into the
classroom I know that I'll be helping my students.
And being loud and trying to perform for them works only
for a few students, not for all of them, so I don't adopt
that method. Besides, it doesn't fit who I am, so
I'd be lying to my students if I adopted that sort of
Passion isn't always visible in the passionate person, but
it is visible in finished results. A love for what
we're doing permeates all that we do because we truly want
to be doing what we're doing, and we love it.
Whether it's parenting, building boats, washing dishes,
writing, painting, or even cleaning the house, doing
something with passion helps the result and allows us to
enjoy the process much, much more.
As I grow older, I do fewer and fewer things that I'm not
passionate about, and more and more that I am.
Passion does give me that connection to life, to living,
and to myself, and living with that connection is a very
special way to live. Sometimes when I have to do
something that I'm not passionate about, I ask myself,
"How can I do this in the best way possible?,"
and that question helps me to find the passion necessary
to do an exceptional job, and to help me to enjoy the