On a scale of 1-10 (10 = high), how passionate are you about the kind of work you’re doing? And then secondly, again on a scale of 1-10, how passionate are you about the projects you’re currently working on?
Now, I know this may sound like “soft stuff”, but if you do care about your success—as well as that of your business, then you’ll want to pay attention. If you don’t believe me, listen to what Napoleon Hill had to say about this subject.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.” — Napoleon Hill
Not convinced, then consider what a few other leaders have to say about passion.
“Throughout all my decades of helping people reach their goals, I found one common trait among the top 1%. They all LOVE what they do.” – Brian Tracy
“Leadership is all about love! [Passion, enthusiasms, appetite for life, engagement, commitment, great causes and determination to make a damned difference, shared adventures, bizarre failures, growth, insatiable appetite for change.]” — Tom Peters
“Passion was what drove these people—passion for their product, passion for their cause. If you care enough, you’ll find out what you need to know. Or you will experiment and not worry if the experiment goes wrong. Passion as the secret to learning is an odd secret I suppose, and I believe that it works at all levels and at all ages. Sadly, passion is not a word often heard in elephant organizations, nor in schools, where it can seem disruptive.” – Charles Handy in the Alchemists
Passion. Love. Drive. Enthusiasm. They’re not the typical words owners and CEOs of SMBs use in their everyday language. Yet, they are the words we ought to be using. Why? Because passion is what drives achievement. It’s what drives us getting out of bed in the morning. It’s what drives us to say, “Thank God It’s Monday!”
It’s what drives us to keep selling or promoting when we’re being rejected over and over again. It’s what drives us to find solutions when everyone else says it can’t be done. It’s what drives us to put in the extra hours. It’s what drives us to tell everyone we encounter what we’re working on. And it’s what drives us to want to make a “dent in the universe!”
But more than that, passion is what fuels everyone else around us. When our employees can sense our passion, they feed off of it and perform at higher levels. When they can’t—hey, it’s just work. Likewise, when we’re passionate about our work and our projects, guess who else can pick that up? Exactly! Everyone we come in contact with—which makes it infinitely easier to sell what we’re offering or to recruit new people to our team or to attract new capital or investors to our cause.
So, as you look at your life today, how high is your passion meter? If it’s not sky high, I want to encourage you to follow Napoleon Hill’s advice and “build a stronger fire under your desires.” Figure out what’s taken away that passion you once had, deal with it, and then get back in touch with it. Don’t wait a few days or weeks to do this, do it today. Life’s too short to live without passion!
To your accelerated success!
P.S. If you liked the quotes above and would like some more, check out my quotes site at www.BruceQuotes.com. You’ll find hundreds of great quotes there (Note: this is the site where I store the quotes I use or might use for my talks—which means there are no lame quotes on these pages 🙂