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Friday, November 6, 2009

Get Motivated by Knowing Your Passion

Posted by patrick

By Shawn Doyle

Let me tell you a story about Kevin Brown. The first time I walked into the meeting room, at a hotel in Philadelphia, Kevin Brown was setting up tables for my meeting. He came over with a big smile and said, " I am Kevin Brown, and I would like to welcome you to our home- I want to make sure you feel at home when you are here, and if you need anything give me a call. I am employee of the year and I will exceed your expectations, because when you care, it shows." You see Kevin is the definition of passion. How do we define passion? The dictionary defines it as: "Pervading spirit, ruling passion, master passion, fullness of heart, flow of soul." I mean who wouldnt want that? Is it impoatant to feel passion both personally and professionally ? Of course. If you are passionate you are motivated. I am sure when you met someone who was passionate and enthusiastic it made an amazing impression. I have never had a meeting in Philly at some other hotel. Why? Because of Kevin. I ask for Kevin when I call and if he isnt going to be there we change the date. The asset he is to an employer is great. Can you say that about you?

Consider this idea. At times you have experienced the impact of someone who was bubbly, energetic and passionate in a public place and you were delighted and amazed. Didnt it make quite the impression? Sure. When you dealt with soemone who was evil mean and nasty it had the opposite impact.

There are many advantages to having a passion for what you do: 1) Success will be much more likely 2) You will be more productive because you will want to do the work 3) You can have a big impact on other people 4) Lets face it; you will have a lot more fun 5) Lastly you will be motivated and engaged.

As I discuss passion here you may be saying to yourself: "O.K. look buddy that really isnt like me at all." or " I am just not filled with that kooky kind of passion stuff." You may also be saying, "This guy here, I know the type, he has put on one too many motivational seminars." Think about this; people who have passion have energy, charisma, and they are so magnetic that people are attracted to them. They have a "special" quality about them. They love what they do so much they would almost do it for free.

If I may, I would like permission to be very blunt with you (picture me close up to your face): you haven't found what you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about your work and your life, then change it! Stop complaining and do something. Life is too short to keep doing what is passionless and mundane! But you must make that decision.

Do you want to get more done than anyone and be like the energizer bunny? If you feel positive, proud, energized, upbeat, passionate, in everthing you do- you will be motivated, and will get more done. See most people arent that way. I got on an elevator one day and say "hello everybody!" Boy the looks I got. "How dare this crazy person speak on an elevator in a positive and energetic tone? Hmmm. Hello world wake up to the possibility of passion.

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