Passion is, one of, if not the key ingredient of success. When you look at the story of many hugely successful men and women, you would see that the burning desire they had within them was the major vehicle that eventually drove them to achieve their dreams. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Miuccia Prada etc all have two things in common – Success and Passion.
Here are few reasons why passion is important:
PERSISTENCE: Most successful people don’t get it right the first, second or even the third time. They usually fail, sometimes woefully, which is usually essential to their eventual breakthrough because this mostly serves as a learning curve for them. It could be quite frustrating when you’ve put your all your effort into something and it fails, how do you derive the inspiration to carry on? The answer is passion. It serves as a fuel that keeps you going even in the face of uncertainty or impending failure – Abraham Lincoln a case in point.
INFECTIOUS: Passion is usually infectious. It has the power to connect you with like-minded individuals who share your vision and can be very important to helping you acheive success in your field of endeavour. Your passion will connect with co-travellers and investors who will put in their time, effort and money to ensure your success as was the case with Bastian and Jason Njoku, the Iroko Partners (Nigeria’s foremost online movie channel)
ANSWERS: When you’re totally consumed by the desire to succeed at a goal or task, you are bound to ask questions. Asking the right questions are a key to finding the right answers.
BELIEF: It keeps you believing. Even when historical facts and odds are greatly stacked against you, passion will keeps you going. Black Americans have come through slavery, discrimination and lots more to become the leading men in America today. With Obama’s passion, the blacks in America capped off a wonderful journey that started with Martin Luther King Jnr.
In business, you need a scalable business model that you can then put to test with little time, energy and money. In the academics, you need to study hard and pass exams. In the military, you need to come tops in exercises and serve with distinction. Adding passion to all other derivatives will give you a bit of an edge. It will give you that bit of inspiration that wil drive you towards your goal.
While being passionate doesn’t guarantee success, it is a really important fuel that helps you trudge on the rigorous road to success.