I talk to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs all of the time and one of the key differences between those that are successful and those are not is their passion for what they do. However, finding your passion is not always as easy as it sounds. Too many times I have heard people that declare that their passion is this or that but all I hear is words and the real passion is missing. Passion, for me, isn’t about words it’s about enthusiasm, intent, desire, action etc. It’s more than words just said it’s something that can be heard in the tone of your voice, seen in your animated face, in your gestures……
This is backed up by Wikipedia, where passion is described as:
Passion ( from Latin verb patior meaning to suffer or to endure) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love.
Passion can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea, person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for something when he has a strong positive affinity for it. A love for something and a passion for something are often used synonymously.
However, sometimes finding your passion can be hard. One of the things that I have found to be useful in identifying your passion is to look at it another way to find clues about what you may be passionate about. For myself what I have found useful is to look at what it is around me that continually frustrates me. For me, that is poor customer service and companies not treating their customers well. One of the reasons that it frustrates me is that I know that these are things that are easy to rectify through better leadership, management, recruitment, training and support. As a result, my passion, and I hope you pick that up from this blog, is:
to improve customer service, help companies build more valuable relationships with their team and their customers and treat their customers better so that they keep them for longer and attract more of the same.
Why am I passionate about this? For a number of reasons:
So, let me ask you this, do you feel that you are talking about your passion rather than feeling it? Do you think that by figuring out what you are continually frustrated with and then turning that on its head to try and find a solution could help you find one of your real passions?
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.
Thanks to stacib for the image.