by Dr. John J. Franey, CEO/Founder of Developing Difference Makers
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“If you want to be the best, you have to be passionate about what you’re doing!”
This was the often used statement from my one of my all-time favorite coaches. At the time, this coach was trying to motivate a team of high school football players who were lost in a sea of teenage struggles. Coach believed strongly in teaching us to find our passions in life and to make it the focus of our lives. He shared that if we were passionate about what we were doing, then we would find the long hours of hard work enjoyable and thus we would work even harder. While his focus was on our team winning championships, his motivational words have stuck with me long after my playing days are over.
So many of us get buried under our career, lost in a haze of having to do work. We put in long hours and push ourselves into realms of poor health, family issues, and bitterness. We have no passion for what we do, no passion for success, no passion for life. For many it is a miserable experience that continues to swirl negatively until we are trapped in a vortex of struggle.
But what if we were to follow the advice of my old high school football coach? What if we were working in a field, business, or cause that we were truly passionate about? Would we no longer see our lives as having to do work? Would we awake excited for a new day following our passions and dreams? Would we find the long hours of hard work worth it because we knew we were making a difference? Would we be reenergized and willing to push harder? Would we be healthier? Would we be successful? Would we have better relationships with our friends and families? Ultimately, would we find happiness in our life?
If I asked the teenage football player inside of me these questions, the answer would be: “No duh, why would you do something you aren’t passionate about? Of course we are going to follow our passion. Who the hell would pick the other way?” What I want to tell that teenage football player inside of me is that you don’t understand how life really works in the real world!” But I hold myself back from scolding the passionate youth inside of me. He is right. Coach is right. I mean when I look back on that coach, he was the most energetic, fun-loving, enjoyable guy to be around. His energy and joy were infectious, causing us all to love what we were doing, pushing us to work harder in his weight room and on the football field!
Taking coach as a cue, I have to ask myself, “What would I do differently from this moment on to engage again with my passions?” How can I unbury myself from a career of burden and stress and find myself on the path towards success. How can I stop worrying about everyone else around me and start following my dreams again? The truth is that if we are buried in a career with no passion, then our dreams will fizzle away and we will never truly find success in our careers.
So here is to letting my teenage football self and the great coach who shared his wisdom so many years ago take hold of my journey! Time to find the passion again and to build towards ultimate success! I know where my path is headed, so now the question is, do you know where you are going? Do you know your passion? Are you ready for the happiness? Are you ready for the overwhelming success?