Passion Is the Fuel of Greatness

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you’re capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

Without unrelenting passion, would Steve Jobs have been able to resurrect the almost defunct Apple Computer Inc. and build it into the largest company in the world?

Would women’s rights activist Rebecca Lolosoli continue her mission even after being beaten to the point of temporary blindness and having her life threatened every day?

Would Karl Mecklenburg the six-time All-Pro NFL linebacker have been willing to continue to play football after he lost his college football scholarship?

You can be good, maybe even very good, at what you do without tremendous passion for it, but to be great you must have fearless passion.

Definition of Passion

Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling feeling, or desire for something. It’s a feeling of unusual excitement or enthusiasm, a positive affinity or love, towards something or someone. Passion is a form of falling in love. The biochemical changes that happen in your brain when you fall in love, for example, are extraordinarily powerful!

In his book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins wrote, “The good-to-great companies focused on those activities that ignited their passions. The idea here is not to stimulate passion but to discover what makes you passionate.”

In my next blog, we’ll go over an exercise to determine your own personal sense of passion – and your motivation.

Before we move on to that, perhaps you could share with me what it is that makes you in particular passionate – or what you’re passionate about doing. Thanks!

For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at hello@fearlessequalsfreedom.com.

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