The third benefit I described in my post about the benefits of passion isn't all that sexy, but it's vital for success.
When I was writing my chapter on passion and entrepreneurship for More Space, I interviewed several successful entrepreneurs to get their take on the importance of passion for entrepreneurial success. Turns out it was kind of like asking how vital oxygen is to staying alive.
Why? Simply put, passion feeds persistence. Entrepreneurs inevitably suffer setbacks, encounter doubt in others, and have to overcome sometimes enormous obstacles to make their dreams reality. Without a commitment and persistence to push through that and make it happen, their dreams are doomed. One of the most important keys to success is simply the ability to stick with it.
That's definitely been the case for me. My Passion Catalyst path hasn't been all sunshine and roses. In fact, I've had some really challenging times. But once I got a taste of what it could be like to do something that really makes me feel alive, there was no way I could go back to my old path. I had to stick with it. And I'm incredibly glad I did.
And that's true whether you're an entrepreneur or an employee. Just about anything you want to do with your life that is really worth doing is not going to be a just-add-water option. It's going to take work, and commitment, and yes, persistence.
A couple years ago I interviewed Erik Weihenmayer, the blind climber who summitted Everest in 2001. We were talking about what it takes to climb mountains, and he described the experience for him as not just pushing to make it happen, but also responding to the pull. That's exactly what passion does.
When you feel that passion, you feel a pull to make it happen. That pull feeds persistence, and that persistence - guided by both your heart and your mind - will take you down the path to success.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM