Passion for anything is good, music, art, the perfect tooth brush, the perfect cup of coffee.
And depending on what I’m doing my passions change. If that makes sense. But of course it doesn’t. That’s not to say I am flighty. Anything but. My feet are often too firmly set on the ground. My better half is the one with the eye to the future. I tend to be passionate about the here and now.
I, as you know, have always loved food and cooking. And was lucky enough in 2015 to be able to follow that passion and that dream to become a chef, and then a teacher of cooking myself.
It is likely that for most of us, passion follows learning a skill. When we feel that we are good at something, that we can have an impact, and that people recognise us for our “skill” – then we are more likely to become devoted to what we do. I don’t think many kids are all that enthusiastic about learning to play, say, the piano when they are young. But after a few years, and they see the value it brings in delighting themselves and their families, it may then also become a passion.
Passion pushes you forward when the going gets rough. It keeps you energised when you’ve been at it for a while. And it helps you persevere when you’re ready to give up.
It’s what wakes you up excited and eager to get going. It brings pleasure to what you accomplish and it drives each of us to be the best we can be. Even if our passion is only our hobby.
When you begin leading your passion instead of following it, your work life will improve instantly. Not because you’ve found the holy grail of professions, but because you will engage in your current circumstances and begin to think more creatively about your unique abilities.
Tying your gifts and talents with your personal purpose not only leads to a more successful career, but a significant one. More and more important as I get older.
“There’s still time to change the road you’re on” – Led Zeppelin, ‘Stairway To Heaven’: Somewhere in Zeppelin’s most iconic song’s maze of cryptic lyrics lies one striking bit of advice: it’s never too late to change your ways and you’re never too old for redemption.