What are you passionate about?

Three years ago this month, I was walking at Onondaga Park with my friend, consultant, and professional blogger, Mitch Mitchell. Out of the blue, he said I should start a blog. My first thought was ugh!

I attempted a blog a few years earlier however like most bloggers, my writing was inconsistent. One week I’d get psyched to write a post and the next essay wouldn’t get written for weeks if not months. I lacked passion for the purpose.

With Mitch’s cajoling, I set a personal contract with myself to write something, anything, once a week. Over the last three years I’ve written 156 posts and developed developed a passion for writing and the written word. Thanks again Mitch!

You know passion when you see it. When you feel it.

This afternoon I experienced passion while taking in the sights and sounds of The Great NY State Fair.

I strolled up to one of the food vendors and ordered the proverbial Sausage Sandwich with peppers and onions. “How are you doing today?!” said the passionate cook working the grill. “Enjoy your sandwich sir” he said with a passionate smile.

I made my way through the horse barn to view and pet some of the majestic show horses. I stopped in my tracks when I saw a slew of blue and yellow ribbons hanging on one of the stalls. I had a twenty minute convo with the horse owner and asked him about the ins and outs of the profession. Passion exuded from his eyes as he spoke of his love of the animals and the sport.

My afternoon ended watching the MKTO concert at Chevy Court. The duo of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller thrilled the fairgoers with one great song after another. They sang their summer blockbuster hit “Classic” with passion and their first hit “Thank You” as if they were performing it for the first time.

If you lack passion for your career, hobby, business, or significant other, it won’t last.

Here’s what Steve Jobs said about passion at the D5 Conference: All Things Digital in May 2007:

People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up being “successful” in the eyes of the society and the ones that didn’t, oftentimes it’s the ones [who] were successful loved what they did, so they could persevere when it got really tough. And the ones that didn’t love it quit because they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it? So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly and if you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.

Life’s too short. Spend every waking moment on things that you truly have a passion for.

Photo by Anthony Easton.

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