Passion 101


So this post is really just a follow up to my Purpose Challenge which I posted last week. In that post I alluded to the fact that purpose goes hand in hand with passion, and you cannot pursue purpose without  having a passion! I have compiled just a few basis principles for pursuing that thing that you're so very passionate about - whether it be a promotion at your place of work, starting that new business venture or developing your own clothing line. 

To start off with, don't invest your time, efforts or energy on something you do not understand. This is especially the case when you may not necessarily know your 'calling' and decide to go into a business venture just because someone else is doing it or it seems to be the 'the new thing'. For instance, event planning is a booming industry in Nigeria with weddings, birthday parties and baby dedications happening as often as the sun rises! However, if you enter this industry without knowing the first thing about event planning / management, or without having the necessary task management skills that professionals require to succeed in the industry then you're setting yourself up for a fall! This is one of the reasons why a lot of start ups never really get anywhere, it's because people leap without really understanding what's coming. Don't get me wrong, this does not mean there's no room for taking that leap of faith - but a leap of faith is taken when you're certain without a doubt that that is the business you're called to and you're ready to fight  for your success. Neither does it mean that there is no room to learn a new skill and improve yourself, and that's the beauty about having a passion for something, it motivates you to research into that area, learn about the industry and work on improving your skills to be the best at what you do. 

You cannot function where you have not bought the vision. I strongly believe that this is actually one of the reasons people end up dissatisfied with their 9 to 5 jobs and end up constantly clock watching waiting for lunch time or close of play - trust me, I'm speaking from experience. Yes, I remember working for a company where I just did not buy into their vision, I was like a fish out of water. The mere thought of returning to work each morning took every ounce of motivation from my body simply because I cared nothing for the company or what they did. I was unhappy and trust me, no matter how diligent of a worker you might be, you just cannot function where you are not happy and convinced about the products you are delivering. I mean, why work for Cadbury if you can't stand the sight, taste or smell of chocolate?! For one thing, you'll definitely find it really difficult to sell / market your products to your audience. Not only are you forcing yourself to do a job that someone somewhere is desperately longing for, but you're also wasting your own time, the company's time and even God's time. I say God's time because forcing yourself to do something you're not passionate about, for say convenience's sake, means you're wasting valuable time which you can be using to fulfill your actual purpose.

Don't let money be your primary source of motivation. Let it be the joy that comes out of doing what you love. When you do what you love, develop your skills in that area, put in the hard work and aim to be the best at what you do, this makes room for financial benefit. Money does not come until after all the hard work and this could take some time. So let it be the joy that comes out of your exciting passion that motivates you!

That's all I have for now, guys. I'll be back next week with another blog post. I've only given brief summaries on the topics I've shared concerning purpose and passion so I may expand on a few of them but you'll have to keep your eye peeled on the blog to find out which ones. And if there's anything in particular you'd like me to discuss in more detail, do leave a comment at the bottom of the page. 

Lots of love, K.G


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