Passion. By Zig Ziglar
The dictionary says that passion is “a strong emotion, an art of love; zeal; eager desire; hope and joy.” The fathers of our country were passionate believers in freedom. It has been my observation that in every field of endeavor men and women who have reached the mountaintops of life have a passion to give their all and be the best they can be. Maribeau said that “none but men of strong passions are capable of rising to greatness.” Tennyson said, “The happiness of a man in his life does not consist in the absence but in the mastering of his passions.” Franklin said, “He is a governor that governs his passions and he is a servant that serves them.”
It is my firm belief that directed passion, founded on faith and an ethical moral base, can enable anyone to utilize his or her full potential. The results can be awesome. Any study of history or current events will reveal a multitude of stories about average people whose accomplishments have been extraordinary. You can give passion the credit.
A classic example is Bill Bates, a former special teams player for the Dallas Cowboys. Bill was considered too slow and too small to play in the NFL. He was not drafted, but made the team as a free agent. For fourteen years he was an invaluable member of the Cowboys secondary. He not only gave his all, but he inspired the other players to do the same. He brought more than just his pure ability; he brought a commitment fueled with passion that made him more valuable than he should have been. The same approach to any job or profession will be the difference between survival and genuine success.
The beautiful thing about passion is that it is transferable. When you have an outstanding zeal for what you do, others around you will be inspired and perform better than they otherwise would. So, develop a passion for what you’re doing and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!