We’ve all have heard the statements “Life without passion is a lifeless life”, “Follow your passion”, “Find your passion”, “Pursue your passion”. All these statements have been drilled in a lot of us since childhood. Yet in many cases “passion” is often a concept that is difficult to explain, hard to find and impossible to measure. Some may argue that having a passion is overrated and not necessary. For over the past year or so I have been reading books, articles and different publications to get a better understanding of passion. I have wondered why some people feel as if passion is overrated and a waste of time. For example, a colleague of mine stated “Why do people think they need to feel passionate about the work they do”? This has prompted me to examine and evaluate passion and its meaning in our lives.
What is Passion?
There are many of opinions and definitions of passion but according to dictionary.com states it “ any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate”. Simply put passion is a feeling that we have and some would say it is necessary for finding success in life. Passion usually comes when we are being truly ourselves and doing what comes to us. In my experience finding “passion” for my life was somewhat overwhelming at times. For me finding my passion was kind of remarkable, because I stumbled upon it. On the hand many times when we open our mind to different possibilities we will never know will end of loving if we never try.
The advocates against the power of passion would suggest that having passion isn’t such a big deal. They have the belief that there is more to success than just having passion and a love for something rather it’s a job, life, hobby or business venture. Without having more than just passion we will more than likely fail. As a student many of us were asked to write and talk about our passion or what we wanted to do in life. This is still evident even as adults, because even on some job interviews they might ask us about our passion. This shows how overused the word can be and it can make it more redundant than meaningful. Often times supporters of this concept lament that it is much more important to have belief in oneself and commitment.
Now don’t get me wrong I am huge believer in having a passion, but I do understand that we need more than just passion to attain our predestined greatness. In the end when we understand and accept that no matter if we have a passion or not to be successful we must be true to ourselves. Without doing so we can become what I like to call “lost in the sauce”. What do you think is passion overrated? Comment below & if you liked this post please share!
“When what you do is in alignment with who you are, you get energy from doing”.
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