Note from Brett: this post is as much for me as it is for you, the reader. Enjoy!
Where has all the passion gone, man?
Where did it go?
Odds are – it hasn’t gone anywhere. You just choose not to feel it, because you’re scared.
Scared? Yep. You’re scared. You’re scared of showing your passion to the outside world, scared to show that you’re passionate about anything, because you’re too “cool” and “understated” and “minimal” and “stoic” to show how passionate you are about things. Things like this blog, self-development, your health, living a good life, giving yourself the tools to build a business in the future, and, yes – just having fun.
Why are you scared? Because no one else around you (in real life) is clearly passionate and you’re afraid of attracting attention?
You need to show your passion precisely because no one else will. It’s an act of defying the status quo – and one of inspiration. Maybe everyone else is waiting for someone else to show their passion and fire, so then they’ll be able to be comfortable to be passionate too. Be that first person.
Passion Is A Choice
One of my favorite sections of the book Linchpin by Seth Godin is his take on passion:
Does your job match your passion?
Or does your passion match your job?
Conventional wisdom is that you should find a job that matches your passion. I think this is backwards.
I’ve argued repeatedly that your product should match your marketing, not the other way around, and the same inversion is true here. Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.
The argument: we all have some stores of “passion” inside us, just waiting to be expressed. Waiting around for the right job/environment/network/whatever other excuse you can find to show up so you can express your passion is straight-up bogus. All that means is that you’re waiting for someone else’s permission to be passionate – and I don’t know about you guys, but I hate waiting around for other people.
I’m sick of waiting to produce my best work and to shine like I know I can. I’m sick of going through my days feeling apathetic and uninspired – all the inspiration I can possibly need is inside me. I have the passion, the desire to do great work everywhere I go, no matter what my “job” is. I want to serve as that inspiring firebrand who brings excitement everywhere he goes – so I can inspire others who are just waiting to unleash their passion to do the same.
All of the excuses, from now on, won’t fly. They can’t have any effect on me, now that I’ve realized that my passion should not be limited any more by where I am (I hold back a lot since I’m not in college yet, where things really matter). If I can use my passion for doing great work to help people now – why should I bother waiting? Because they’re not “worthy”? Of course they’re worthy of your passion! Never underestimate the power of the butterfly effect.
Here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it: feel excited at the prospect of living and doing the things that you do. Look in wonder at everything that you’re doing, and think of all the possibilities.
Example: I’m writing this blog post. Odds are, when I post this up, a few people (around 10 or so) are going to feel moved enough to comment on it. Dozens more will read it and think, “Wow, that’s a great post. I want to start bringing passion into my life now.” And there’s probably going to be one person who feels totally enlightened by reading this post – they’re going to become a passionate firebrand who starts getting excited over everything. This post will be a life-changer for them – all because I brought my passion in this post.
That’s… really cool.
And just think – those same things could happen every single time I act on my passion, no matter what it is or where I do it.
That’s incredibly inspiring and exciting.