Hello loyal followers, friends, colleagues, and family,
First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! Depending on your ethnic background, I’m either early (Lunar Calendar), late (Georgian Calendar), or almost on time (Julian Calendar). Yes…. I live a complicated life —- Being a Canadian, born of Chinese heritage, and being married to my beautiful wife, who is born of Ukraine and French heritage, I do have three New Years to celebrate! (that also means 3 New Years Eve’s too! LOL).
No matter what your background is, I thought that it would be appropriate to start the 2013 year with a blog about “Passion”.
One of the many inspirational leaders in my life was Sir Winston Churchill. When I was in high school, I recited his speech “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” for a public speech assignment in English. At that time, I did not realize what kind of impact that speech would have on influencing my leadership development. Sir Winston Churchill’s speech inspired the British government and nation to unite against a common enemy in World War II. It wasn’t just the words he said, but the way in which he said it.
OK…. I grant you that we are not in a world war scenario, but reflect on your daily life. We have battles that we are faced with every day. Whether it is in the boardroom or at home. We deal with life’s challenges regularly and some times multiple times in a day. Imagine if Churchill made his speech in a monotone voice….. a voice of despair … a voice without heart. The words are the same, but the effect and results could have been dramatically different. Now, imagine if you spoke like this with your team, your co-workers, your manager, your wife, your children, and even your friends! WOW.
Passion to me is talking and acting from the heart in a manner that creates hope for yourself and others around you. There is an energy in hope and passion that is contagious. I try to draw upon that on a regular basis to get through the multitude of life’s challenges. When I coach my teams, I always tell them to look beyond the tasks. Don’t just do things because someone told you to. Find the passion in that task or discussion and draw energy from it. If you are having problems with that, ask questions to understand why people are asking you to do something. Over the years, I have realized that if you don’t believe in something, then it will be difficult to find the passion and energy to get the task done. The result of that could be a sub-par or even worse, a long and painful journey that is a demoralizing drain on your soul.
Do you know anyone that is in a job or marriage that they are just not happy in? I’m not talking about the once in awhile stuff but the continual every day stuff — after all we are human beings with emotions. I’m talking about the people that are rarely happy. I would suggest that if one can “Find the Passion” in our lives, we will have a more fulfilling time in our job and at home. Trust me… this is a lot of work at times. There are times that I don’t think I have the strength to continue and I’m ready to “throw in the towel”. I’m lucky to have people in my life that encourage me and remind me to “Find the Passion” and use it as fuel to recharge my enthusiasm.
So what does Passion do for me?
- It keeps me going. It gives me strength to dig out of my deepest and darkest challenges.
- It gives me purpose to make life meaningful.
- It recharges and energizes.
- It’s contagious and creates a feeling of hope.
What does “passion” mean for you? Once you can answer this question, I’m confident the world will look different to you. Perhaps……… It might even re-kindle a flame/light within you.
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Leadership Quote(s) of the Month:
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
“A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles M. Schwab
Have an awesome day and make a difference! With Love and Light,