Education and training are important attributes to have. Especially when it comes to achieving goals but passion should not be disregarded.
Passion is infectious. When I talk with passion and conviction about what I do, people listen. <insert tooting of own horn>
It works in reverse as well though. When I hear someone talking about what they love doing with a deep passion I’m instantly drawn in. I want to immediately know more about their work, buy their product or invest in them.
Passion builds community. When I talk about baking bread you can hear the passion gushing out of me. Not because I want you to buy my product but because before it is a business it is something I love.
I’m so passionate about baking bread that I will admit I’m not the best at it.
I’m not a trained baker.
I’m passionate about it and I’ll show you that good or not.
I will talk about trying new products. I will talk about the failures. I will talk about how I do it all. And when I do this I end up with an engaged community of people who support me.
Talking with passion doesn’t mean you have to be the loudest one in a room. It means when you talk about what you love or believe in people actually listen. They listen and hang off of every word. Most of the time that loud person is overcompensating for something anyway.
Letting your passion drive you is a profound notion and one I like to live by. Passion doesn’t always pay the bills though. Which is why I often let reality be the navigator.
If you look at the dynamics of a driver/navigator relationship you’ll see a symbiotic partnership. If the driver were to just drive with no direction they might end up going in the wrong direction or going too far. But if they have a trusted navigator to help direct their passion, they’re going to be able to change and adjust as you go.
The point being, letting passion drive us is key to having a successful practice and building a community of supporters. But without the direction of reality, it can sometimes misguide us.
So be the optimist who lets passion take them to new and exciting places. But remember to stop and consult with reality regularly about the truths of what you’re doing.
As a take away to this post, I encourage you to think about what you are passionate about. Then think about how much that plays into what you do. Can you take that passion and talk about it more? Can you show your community why you are passionate about what you do?
This is all part of letting the universe know what you want. Be bold.
This post is post is part of a bigger series called Let The Universe Know What You Want. See the other posts below: