Actions, even small and insignificant ones, can remarkably influence the overall perception of an individual. When we talk about nuances, we’re talking about the clues that shed light on the greater self. They show how a person takes time; makes time; makes the effort to execute countless details.
They are in most cases not the smartest. So who are they and what do they share in common? What I hope to accomplish is to share with you powerful qualities I have learned by observing a number of people in diverse fields
Earlier in the Series
- Introduction: What Do the Most Successful People Have in Common?
- What the Successful People Have in Common, Part 1: Breaking Rules
- Success Qualities Part 1b: Blowing Your Own Horn-How to Do it Right
Passion is defined as an intense emotion that compels feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. My own definition for the purpose of this chapter is the ‘type of feeling you feel about something that makes you feel like you’re really feeling some feeling’.
Passion is the single most important quality shared by all successful people in life or if you like, people who are making real significant impact in some areas in life. Everybody can be okay in something; we can all be average in one thing or the other, but crossing the line of just average to genius doesn’t just take everybody anyhow, it takes individuals with this intense feeling about what they set themselves to do.
My big brother won National Best Teacher Award in 2010. When my sister called to inform me, I wasn’t shocked at all because when I dug deep into his award and considered the way he handles his profession, I could see it happening several years back. His passion for teaching is intense.
With a degree in accounting and commerce, he could strive to secure a high-paying job with a financial institution but he rather chose to teach in elementary school. Surely, that is not what I would choose. To him, there’s not a single day he regrets what he does. He’s not the type of teacher who pupils sleep in class because of the level of enthusiasm with which he executes his duty. Some may envy the physical award that was given him, but I know that what he cherishes most is the pride of living as a National Best Teacher for the rest of this life. That is passion.
If you’re passionate about what you do, it should show in every aspect of your life, not life at the Continue reading “What the Successful Have in Common: Passion” »
The idea of blowing your own horns may sound like a call to pomposity and snobbishness, but that is not what I’m talking about here.