Do you love what you do? Do you spend significant parts of your day on things you love to do? If not, then it is time to think. The clock is ticking; life is not just about earning money or social status or achieving something to please others or to stand out in this society. Money is a hygiene factor. It is required for a living, but earning it can very rarely become the purpose of one’s life. Money alone would, in general, not bring happiness in life. There is life beyond money and status, a life driven by passion. Having said that, passion and money need not always be mutually exclusive. Money can bring happiness in the presence of passion. Money can be a means to do what you want and maybe more, but it can only be a catalyst.
Passion is energy, feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you
It does not matter what you are passionate about (as long as you channelise it right); it is essential that you do what you are passionate about. The energy that passion creates has almost no bounds. It can keep you elevated, excited and happy. It may not give you the money always, but it would give you a sense of fulfilment, accomplishment, achievement and the serenity to stay anchored to life. Passion would help you identify opportunities amidst challenges. It would help you engage well with whatever you are doing. When there is passion, your attitude and thoughts would be positive, making you more buoyant towards adversities.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living
A skill is something easy to acquire. Many people can develop a skill, can learn art, can gather knowledge, but passion is the one which distinguishes excellence from the ordinary. It will make you stand out from the crowd. Passion is an intuitive emotion and cannot be taught; you cannot acquire passion. You have to feel, recognise, and channelise it for the best outcome, most notably an outcome that would make you feel complete, satisfied and happy.
Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing
If you don’t love what you do, if you cannot put your heart and soul into something that you do, then the outcome is likely to be nothing outstanding. In our day-to-day life, all of us will have to do mundane or routine things which we may not like but have an obligation or the responsibility to perform them. However, if that is what you do most of the time, then you are a mere latent force and an undiscovered possibility. Discover yourself, identify your passion and feel the energy flow through you. Be an accountant only if you love accounting, be an engineer only if you love engineering, and having a job that does not showcase the best of you and the world is not worth your time and effort.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do
As life flows through us, it is good to remind yourself now and then of what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what you want to do and reorient yourself to your inner needs and passion.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious
IF AGAINST ODDS…
Many people may not have realised or identified their passion yet or are constrained and unable to indulge in what is their true passion. For them, I would say try to do what you are passionate about. If not, at least do whatever you are doing with happiness and involvement (if not with a passion). Without passion and involvement (commitment, ownership), your act would neither satisfy you nor the other parties involved. The outcome would be mediocre if not a failure. I remember reading that “The cost of mediocrity is a disappointment.”
Working hard for something that we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION
A WORD OF CAUTION
Passion can be very intense, in some instances, uncontrollable emotion. It will help if you channel the fierce energy in a clear direction. If you do, miracles can happen; if not, they can cause severe turbulence and lead to unpleasant results. There is a fine line between healthy passion and insanity. There are many historical examples wherein passion has been channelised inappropriately, leading to destruction. Passion is raw power; when used wisely, it would be a great advantage.