Passion, genesis of greatness


‘THE only way to do great work is to love what you do,' is one of my favourite quotes of all time. Most successful people that I know have demonstrated that to live a happy and impactful life, you have to love what you do.

There are some people who know what they want to do early in life and go for it like Tiger Woods, the most celebrated golfer in the world. However, the majority only discover later what they love to do like Victoria Beckham, the now celebrated fashion designer.
Steve Jobs found what he loved to do early in life. He started Apple in his parent’s garage with his friend when he was just 20. In 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of them into a US$2 billion company with over 4,000 employees.
Our national soccer icon, commonly known as Great Kalu or King Kalu, is another example. His passion for football has made him reach greater heights in life. His football career kicked off when he was only 16, in a small town of Mufulira.
He won African footballer of the year in 1988. In Brugge, Belgium, there is a billboard with his picture celebrating his greatness; in Mexico, he was voted among the great midfielders the club ever produced at Club America. He became president of the Football Association of Zambia and won the AfCON in 2012. Recently, he was appointed CAF chairman of the technical and development committee. This tells you that successful people are passionate about what they do. To determine if you have found your passion, ask yourself this simple question, “Would you do what you are doing for free?”
Passionate people focus more on the pursuit or practice of their passion than the outcome they want to achieve that is income or prestige. They are passionate because they love the “doing” of their passion and see the pursuit itself as a reward.
Mark Twain once said the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Why you pursue something is as equally important as what you pursue. I believe many innovators and inventors start something with the undying belief that they can create something of great and lasting significance, something that no one is willing to do.
Your purpose in life is to find and do the things that make you smile, laugh and lose yourself. So move into the exploration and experimentation phase of your life and enjoy the journey.
Don’t look to others for fulfillment; they may never fill that void you feel inside. True fulfillment comes from things you are passionate about.
What made you wake up this morning? Is it the alarm clock? You should wake up to your passion.
Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it.
I love this quote by Dr Martin Luther King Jr: “If a man is a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry, or Michelangelo painted.”
This tells me that regardless of your job, you can be successful. The sweeper should give it his all to be the best sweeper he can be. Passion does not go unnoticed. People will see how well you do your job and your attitude towards it. As Donald Trump says without passion, you don’t have energy and without energy to pursue something, you have nothing.
Having a passion doesn’t mean you won’t have challenges. Even the most passionate work can have elements that are difficult, boring, or unpleasant.
Nelson Mandela is a terrific and inspirational example of someone who overcame racial adversity. He conquered his situation of racism and did not let misfortune to mislead his passion.
He overcame adversity using his strong characteristics and his strengths.  He used characteristics such as persistence, faith, strong will and courage and through that, he took down those barriers. He spent 27 years in a South African prison cell, and he experienced many traumatic life events, yet, he still didn’t give up his hope. This clearly shows how passionate he was.
Victoria Beckham is one of the most successful fashion designers in the world after her solo singing career failed. She got into the fashion business and ended up excelling in a whole new industry. Failure pushed her towards another interest altogether. So, if you have failed in one field, don’t waste time crying over it, try another interest, it may just work for you.
Pursuing your passion will have many positive effects and change your life for the better. Therefore, reach out, discover, and live your passion with zeal.
The author is a pastor, motivational speaker and mentor.

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