The Truth About Passion

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Are you still unsure what to do with your life?

If you’re anything like I was, you’re probably jumping from one thing to the next in the hope that the next thing is going to be it. Searching for the one thing you’re passionate about, and that will keep you motivated and engaged for the rest of your life.

That’s exactly what I did for many years, becoming increasingly frustrated and almost resigning to the fact that the thing called ‘passion’ was not made for me.

That was until I read an article (whose author’s name has escaped me) with one clear sentence in its core:

Passion is the result of actions and not the cause of it!

It was when I started to look at passion from a different perspective. If passion is generated by the things I do, I must be doing something wrong or for the wrong reason. I needed to look at the things I did or didn’t do.

What did I do?

Asking myself that question brought it up and I had to admit to myself – not so much!

Maybe the right questions to ask would be:

What do you want to do with your life?

If you had to leave the house every day in the morning not to return until the evening, what would you do and where would you go?

What would be your contribution to this world?

Let’s face it, whatever the answers to these questions are there will always be times when it’s not going so well, and you will be in a mess. So, other questions to ask would be:

What kind of mess would you like to go through?

How much are you willing to embarrass yourself?

In which area would you love to fail most?

More to life than passion

For me answering these questions made me look at life more pro-actively. Instead of searching for some pre-defined and ultimate thing called ‘passion’, I decided to forget the passion and look at the things I want and can do.

Since I’ve been acting that way, the idea that passion is based on actions started to make sense. As the founder of the Entrepreneur Academy Europe, I am still getting more and more involved and engaged.

Perhaps this is what is called passion?

Life is made of many facets, and not all of them are great. Accepting the fact that life throws you a bad moment from time to time is what makes it worth living. We tend to put all the great things into the word ‘passion’, disregarding all the crap that happens around us. No wonder we can’t find it. This kind of passion doesn’t exist.

Once you accept life for what it is and decide on the role you want to play in it, passion gradually appears and creeps up on you from behind. One day you wake up and feel that irresistible urge that makes you do amazing things. In the meantime, don’t wait for it. Just do that crazy stuff that works for you and accept life for what it is – or even better – what you make of it.

Enjoy the ride!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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