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October 08, 2005



It isn't always easy is it? Thanks for posting this, it's good to see that even the more successful and "sorted" of us question things from time to time.

Glad to hear that you're feeling back on track too :-)


This is my own personal opinion, earned from the past few years of my life.

It is always better to put forth an honest face, even if you aren't sure how it will be accepted. It makes you human, and human is a good thing to be. (Much better than feeling like you're fighting yourself at any rate...)

Besides, it's the bumps that give us character and tell us who we really are and what we're really capable of.

Glad you're back, though!

Hiren Shah

This is the first time I have heard the word “Passion Catalyst” and I find the terminology extremely interesting. I have heard of “Make your passion your profession” and there was recently a program on TV. Majority of cases are with bumps but a few lucky ones have majic carpets too; they get a handsome start because of their legacy but eventually they also have to perform which inevitably means bumps. Outside perspective is the best thing one can get for “Out of the box thinking” which one may not be able to do on one’s own on every issue

Mark Sicignano

I've come a long way in the past few years of following my passions a bit more and taking more risks in getting there.

FUD gets me to sometimes, and what's been effective for me in getting over it has been continual reading, learning, and talking about motivation, creativity, passion with friends. Whether it be this blog, great books, or my friends or family, they always seem to help me to calm down, look at what's got me stuck in FUD mode, and give me some encouragement to get over it.

My friends and family who are most stuck are the ones who remain in a constant state of ignorance of their fears and ways of getting past them. They don't read much at all, and don't talk to people about their careers because they are afraid that if they air their problems, then they might feel obligated to do something about it.

Read, Learn, and Communicate with trusted friends, all of the time! These things lead you towards confidence and empowerment, IMHO.

Mark Sicignano

Oh... and one more thing, thank you Curt for being a trusted friend and for sharing your words of encouragement with us all.


You seem to be clinging to a past perception of yourself -- when in fact you need to let it grow.

This is how I know:

* This website needs a face-lift.

Suggest that you ask your readers for ideas -- it's house-cleaning time!

David St Lawrence

I agree with Pete. Now that you have outed yourself as a real person with bumps in the road like the rest of us, how about a brighter, crisper website image?

You have a lot to say that is high impact. Why not have a site that reflects that energy?

Hanna Cooper

Curt, thanks for daring to share your true self and showing that you don't have to have it together all the time in order to be passionate or excellent - in fact, showing who you really are, bumps and all, makes your message even more credible and real. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your big dreams, big vision.

Zeljko Dakic

Hi Kurt,

actually I did miss you and almost wrote you an email to ask you what is happening.

When I was feeling similar, I found your weblog and while I enjoyed reading it, it still didn't get to me. So after a while I started understanding more and more that what I know before is still valid, just there are times when you don't feel good about everything and you need to hear what you already knew from someone else for a change (which was from you in my case).

So, as far as I can tell (and I don't know you), you are OK and you are on the verge of insightfull breakthrough. Or at least something interesting will happen to you. :)

Here is a link I found very insightfull, maybe you can use it sometime:

All best,
Zeljko Dakic

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Curt, thanks for having the honesty and courage to post about the bumps. I've got a bumpy road going right now, with a lot of serious questioning. Thanks for the reminder about how normal that is. Now I'll go email my coach!

Curt Rosengren

Thanks everyone for the comments. They're always great to read.

Pete and David, you may be right on the design front. I'll put it out there for feedback sometime soon (right now my attention is elsewhere). Good to get a boot in the butt to actively look at it.

Zeljko, it took me a minute to figure out why a potty training article was relevant - but it had some great stuff to say. I think I'll post about it soon.

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What a wonderful learning for you and opportunity to refine even further what Passion Catalyst means. I once had a magic carpet but it sits in the cupboard now. Perhaps we can sell it as a 2-for-1 deal to someone who isn't brave enough to step off the road and into bumpy territory.

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