“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you,” says Oprah Winfrey. That’s exactly what JK Rowling, Ricky Gervais, and MS Dhoni have done—they felt the power that comes from passion. Their single-minded focus on one thing that excites them the most, combined with limitless passion has enabled them to succeed in life.
Passion is an innate trait that sets a person apart from others and drives them to achieve great feats in life. “Following your passion can make you do or achieve something that you have a strong desire for,” says motivational speaker Aman Jain. Entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s life story is a perfect example of how passion and drive can make a man successful. Sachin Tendulkar is also an exemplary sportsman whose talent, attitude, hunger to win, and undying passion helped him create several records and made him a legendary figure in cricket.
Passion paves the way for growth, success, and happiness in life. It also helps to introspect, discover new things about oneself and gives life a fresh perspective. Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” When you find that calling, you put your heart and soul into it, and that’s why Jobs believed, “people with passion can change the world for the better.” In this feature, Soulveda explains why passion is a non-negotiable trait if one wants to accomplish their dreams.
Creates a sense of purpose
Passionate people are focussed in life. They go the extra mile to get the job done. To some, their passion may seem odd, but for the people themselves, that’s the only way to achieve success. According to Jain, “Passion is all about finding the right purpose. Self-motivation is a by-product of passion.”
His views are endorsed by Vani Subramaniam, a consultant psychologist at Azim Premji University. She, too, says, “Being passionate about anything we do, work or otherwise, definitely contributes to a sense of purpose and the energy we are able to bring to something. This implies that we might have a more favourable attitude towards work and life when we feel strongly passionate about something we are in. It could even be in aspects where change is slow, for example, the state of affairs in the country, but it is an important factor that allows us to persist and stay with something.”
Fosters creativity and emotion
Passion can foster creativity from the positive emotions and energy it creates. People who are passionate are also curious, says Jain. This curiosity can lead to creativity and better performance, especially at work. Besides, positive emotions can lead to a happier lifestyle and workplace. Subramaniam says, “Anything that aligns body, mind, and soul in an optimum balance of feeling challenged without feeling overwhelmed, will definitely both aid and require creativity and innovation. It will find new goals to scaffold the task and also find creative solutions to problems.” Jain affirms people who follow their passion go about perfecting their skills or finding ways to ensure they achieve a better result.
Encourages bigger dreams, greater goals
Passion can make a person dream bigger by empowering them to redefine their goals and chart out a plan to achieve them. Passion motivates one to keep pushing their limits, which can be satisfying as well as gratifying. A study by Stanford University states that “…their motivation for the passion definitely increases. Since they actually want to do it, there is no procrastination…” Such passion and drive can be rewarding both financially and from a career perspective.
Passionate people go the extra mile to get the job done.