Staying passionate About Life
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Staying passionate About Life

I’m sure you have heard someone cite this phrase at least once; “the grass is always greener on the other side”. Personally, I’ve never subscribed to this idiom. This sounds to me like a defeatist mindset and perhaps one who has lost his/her passion towards his/her pursuit(s). Instead, I’d choose to profess that “the grass is always greener where you water it”, and this applies to your work, relationships or even hobbies.

Have you ever wondered why World Leaders, Scientists, Conservationist, Sportsmen to Missionaries like Martin Luther King, Lee Kuan Yew, Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Usain Bolt, Mother Teresa stay/stayed so passionate towards their field of work? Despite facing dire circumstances, insurmountable opposition that rose against them, yet they found the strength and ability to overcome, to achieve their goals, not once nor twice, but continued their pursuits decade after decade long. If you have had the opportunity to hear any one of their speeches, you could immediately recognize passion resonating through every fiber of their being (even from the earliest to their last speech, and they keep escalating).

Has your job become a mere mundane routine and you’ve lost your passion at work?

Have you wondered how these world shakers and history makers stayed so passionate (for the purpose of this blog I’ll refer to as “they”). I’ve observed a few distinctive traits that were common denominators in their lives:-

(1) Purpose

Purpose is a powerful word, it gives us the motivation to get up every day, compels us forward in our lives. It becomes an intrinsic value that drive our extrinsic behavior, fused to our very existence of who we are, our desires, what we love and what’s important to us personally. Without purpose in your work, you would eventually surrender to failures, oppositions or even at the mere fact when you don’t achieve any results despite investing time and effort. Work will become just a routine. “They” have found their purpose that drives that passion – Freedom, Justice, Equality, Love, Healing …

“Activity without purpose is the drain of your life.”
– Tony Robbins

(2) Proficiency

Well, the truth is that it is easier for you to remain passionate about doing something if you are good at it. Malcom Gladwell’s principle of the 10,000 hours rule describes the “deliberate practice” needed to become world-class in any field. Usain Bolt, an 11-time world champion, holds the world record of 100-m race. He started running at the age of 14, trained 1,500 hours a year and broke the world record at age 23 (clocking a total of 13,500 hours of training). My advice is to keep learning, keep practicing and building your skillset and your passion will grow.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good” – Malcolm Gladwell

(3) Perseverance

The most successful people are determined, they persevere through every pain, rise above every setback. They never allow defeat to take over but instead failure becomes a lesson. Nor do they underestimate the power of boredom that comes with familiarity towards a task. They stay committed to everything they’ve begun and keep pressing in until they’ve completed the job however small or big. Because we can never reap the full benefits of what we have started unless we persevered until the very end.

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

I hope that you would rediscover your passion and when you find it, continue to water it, you’ll see it continue to grow, joy and fulfillment will come to you in what you do.

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