Keys to Being Social: Passion

What's your passion? What's holding you back?
Bridget Willard

Social gatherings can be great opportunities to meet new people, catch up on your email, or gain a few extra pounds, depending on the event and how excited you are to be there. As the local guru to my crew, I’m often asked “how to questions.”

This time, my niece introduced me to a friend of the family while we were in the buffet line at a shower. This beautiful soul was curious about how to use a blog to promote her new book.

This silver-haired, tender-hearted woman had written a book. Sadly, she didn’t feel she could blog.

I looked her in the eye and said,

“You have something to say. You can add value to the world.”

Her eyes began to well up and her face changed entirely.

She believed me. She believed in herself.

It was a teachable moment for her and an inspiration to me.

In between the requisite shower games we continued our conversation. The more we brainstormed, the more energized I became.

Driving home, I realized this is my passion. There’s a part of me that will always be a teacher. I love it when someone’s brain clicks. You can see it on their face.

Passion.

Whether you’re a speaker and it adds believability to your talk (see my video here) or whether you’re a writer, you must tap into your passion. Here’s what Ralph Waldo Emerson had to say about the relationship of enthusiasm and success.

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conveying passion either in person or on video is relatively easy. As Exhibit A, I give you Gary Vaynerchuk’s video “Why You Need to Subscribe to My Channel.” The dude is passionate and enthusiastic with his tone, inflection, facial expressions, and body language as well as his word choice:

“My grandmother is crying because of your lack of your subscribing to my YouTube channel.”

That’s emotionally persuasive.

Introverts and Passion

No. Passion is not exclusive to extroverts. You can be a person who deeply thinks, needs time alone to recharge, and still be engaging in person and in the written word. Because we’re people, we all have passion.

Passion and Fear

What holds us back? Fear? I’d have to say that a lack of courage is our biggest enemy when it comes to our passion. Don’t allow fear to stop you.


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How do you find your passion?

Start asking yourself questions. What floats your boat? What gets your brain going? What are you opinionated about?

What makes you angry, sad, upset?

These are the things you want to write and speak about.

If you don’t trust your self-evaluation, ask a trusted friend.

Passion and Career Choice

Not all of us have the luxury of quitting our day job to pursue our passion, but that doesn’t mean we cannot nurture it. That’s exactly what I’ve done in my blog. Heck, even Superman had a day job as Clark Kent, Batman as Bruce Wayne. Our hobbies may never lead to careers but that doesn’t make them any less valuable.

On the flipside, many people have quit their day jobs to pursue their passions. Read “Internet Marketing as a Career: Where to Start?” by Pam Angust.

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