A few nights ago I attended a presentation that I would describe as the ‘perfect’ presentation. The title of the presentation was, “How to Write a Book in 90 Days”, which consequently had nothing to do with it being the ‘perfect’ presentation.
For those of you who do not know, I am in the process of writing my very first book and to gain some insight, I attended this event.
You may be wondering why it was the ‘perfect’ presentation?
Over the course of my career, I have attended presentations on:
- Real Estate
- Network Marketing
- Animal Health
- Animal Nutrition
And the list goes on and on.
Do you know the feeling you get when something feels ‘right’? I have talked to a number of publishers, authors and editors about my book and not a single one of them gave me that “right” feeling. There wasn’t one out there who emotionally connected with their audience as this presenter did.
Have you ever been in a situation such as this? It can be frustrating, maddening and downright draining.
Not on this night.
I watched him for 90 minutes walk the stage up and down, side to side as he poured his heart into his words. It was evident that he was passionate about what he was doing and his passion was intoxicating.
I now ask you, is what you are currently doing, done with PASSION?
Applying passion to your life can do a plethora of things for you.
Passion, if used correctly can take you from average to extraordinary.
Passion, if used correctly can propel you to places you have never been before.
Passion, if used correctly leads to authenticity.
Passion, Passion, Passion.
There are many things that you can be passionate about in life and I believe that some of them are obvious.
Be passionate about life.
To clarify, I do not mean a passion for being alive as I believe that we all have this (or at least most of us). I mean a Passion for Living.
If you adopt a passion for life, it becomes the building blocks for a better life. Suddenly it becomes easier to get out of bed every morning, eat your breakfast, and start your day.
Suddenly, the sounds of your own breath mean a little more to you.
Suddenly, the rising sun means that a better day is ahead.
Suddenly, the falling rain indicates growth.
Suddenly, even the frigid cold of winter shows you that changes must happen for seasonal evolution.
Much like the Yin and Yang, the opposite, of course, is to not have a Passion for Life. It is in this where it is imagined that each day is worse than the day before and yes, there are people out there who believe this and I am sure that you know a few.
I can’t speak for you, but I can’t think of a reason that anyone would want to live like that, can you?
Be Passionate about your Friends, Family and Yourself.
Be passionate about who you are and whom you associate with. It was Jim Rohn who coined the well-quoted phrase, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” so, be passionate about your friends. They are your extended family. The have been there for you through everything, all that has happened, good, bad and everything in between. They have watched you and guided you.
The key to friends, however, is to find some that push you to new limits, challenge you when you are content and won’t let you quit when you’re not. If your current friends don’t do this, it would be my recommendation that you strongly consider finding more friends to add to your circle. By no means does this mean to cast away your current friends, but it does mean to make some small adjustments.
Be passionate about your family.
This is the one constant throughout your life. This it the one thing that you cannot change (try as you may). Love them for who they are, what they do and for loving you.
There is zero doubt in my mind that you will have disagreements with them
, and you will annoy each other at times, but you are family. They have, more than anyone else, watched you grow, succeed, and fail all-the-while cheering you on. You cannot pick your family, so embrace them for all that they are.
Be passionate about what you do.
Gary Vaynerchuk wrote this beautiful book that everyone should read. It is entitled, “Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion.” In the book, he eloquently explains why now is the time to take your PASSION, run with it, and turn it into a business and live the life you want.
I have a few questions that I would like you to answer:
When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer it?
Do you have a well-scripted, mindless and emotionless answer?
Are you excited about what you do?
Do you enjoy your work?
If they answer to any of the above is ‘no’, then I would conclude that you are not passionate about what you are doing. First, figure out why. Second, make the adjustments that are necessary. You will spend approximately 1/3 of your working life working, why not do something that you enjoy?
We are all put on the planet for a reason. I would suggest that you take some time to find your reason. Once you have it figured out, apply it to your life.
I want to tell you how I found my PASSION.
I spent the vast majority of my life wasting away and not amounting to much. I, like so many others lived my life like a complete drone. I would wake up, go to work, go to bed and do it again the next day. I lived my school life as I was taught to. I would wake up, go to school, study hard, get good grades, work, and go to bed.
Both of these stages of my life were on continual auto-pilot.
Day in and day out, it was all the same.
It was the spring of 2012 that I decided that enough was enough. I picked up “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and got the education that I was sorely missing.
I ended up learning more in the next few hours than I did in 17 years of school.
I started applying all that I was good at.
- I started to draw more.
- I started to learn about and invest in Real Estate.
- I started to Network more.
- I started to read more comics
- I started researching and learning about Personal Development
- Most importantly, I found my PASSION for writing.
Suddenly, I realized that there was a tiny voice inside of me that wanted nothing more than to be heard.
So, I ask you, “What is your PASSION?”
After you finish reading this make a list of everything that makes you happy. Write them down. Dwindle your list down to the ones that make you REALLY happy. Don’t worry about anything else. Don’t worry about what others will say. Don’t worry about what it might cost. Don’t worry about security. Just don’t worry. Believe me, when I say things have a funny way of working out.
Be passionate about your health.
I won’t talk about this one too much because I got into it a little more over here, “The Top Reasons to Exercise”, but we are all only given one life to live (which sounds strangely like a soap opera). Why not take care of it? There are so many opinions, distractions and reasons not to exercise, eat right and take care of yourself that it can seem a little overwhelming. Tune them all out.
Eating right and exercise leads to productivity. It allows you to clear your head, think straight and be more confident in your abilities. It is a proven fact that when you feel good about yourself, you will perform at a higher rate.
If I may make one final suggestion for you: Be passionate about everything in your life.
The presenter was.
I know you are.
Cheers to your success,