Success Is Guaranteed – Just Pursue Your True Passion Passionately!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Looking around and also going through the pages of history books, we find several real life inspiring personalities in different fields of activity ranging from literature and fine arts, science and technology, political and social activities, games and sports, military and civil administration to religion and spirituality, who have been making all of us extremely proud by their splendid accomplishments despite numerous odds of varying kinds and magnitudes. Undeniably, they firmly believe that people who have great passion for what they do really make the impossible happen. Oprah Gail Winfrey, the famous American author, actress, television producer & anchor, puts it in these words, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Let us take some examples to take the discussion forward.

Many of us know that Steve Jobs went through vagaries of life of all sorts from his early childhood till his death due to cancer on 5th October, 2011, at the age of 56. But, Steve was Steve - an icon of passion who loved himself thoroughly all through and tried tirelessly to do what he used to profess, ''Do what you love to do. Find your true passion... The only way to do great work is to love what you do." The famous author, trainer and inventor Vadim Kotelnikov writes, "Steve Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation. His success story is legendary. Put up for adoption at an early age, dropped out of college after 6 months, slept on friends’ floors, returned coke bottles for 5 cent deposits to buy food, then went on to start Apple Computers and Pixar Animation Studios."

Absolutely correct! Anthony Robbins, speaker and author says it this way, "There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a business person. In fact, passion is the genesis of genius."

Now, take the example of one of the greatest sons of soil who lived on this earth only for 39 years, but his contribution has been unparalleled and unmatched. He is the man widely known all over the world as Swami Vivekananda. He was full of passion to know himself, his motherland and the rest of the world with a view to serve humanity at large in his own inimitable manner.

As a young man of 25, he (Swami Vivekananda) started his Bharat Darshan and travelled through the length and breadth of the country like a wandering monk for five years. His speech at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in September 1893 when he was aged only 30 years has been the true testimony of his great passion for making this country and in turn the world a better place for every human being, irrespective of religion, region, class, colour or country. 

Before moving forward, these words of famous British novelist, E. M. Forster is worth enjoying: "One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”

One of the world's greatest military leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte who said that there was no word like 'Impossible' in his dictionary, was extremely passionate about his mission in life. Interestingly, he built one of the strongest army in Europe with five lakh trained soldiers that used modern tactics and strategies to win the battles even in the most difficult situations.

Napoleon used to motivate his forces and people as a passionate leader. On one occasion he said, "I closed the gulf of anarchy and brought order out of chaos. I rewarded merit regardless of birth or wealth, wherever I found it... All men are equal before God. Wisdom, talent, and virtue make the only difference between them.”

Unquestionably, pursuing one's passion is replete with moments of suspense and pleasure worth experiencing and enjoying. The American children's writer, T. Alan Armstrong puts it nicely in these words, "If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you."

As always, I'm keen to know what  you think on this subject. Hence, request you to post comments to share your views and experiences. ...... Do share with your Friends, if you like the post.


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