Passionate Excuses

Are you pursuing your passion? Do you know what your passion is? Passion and interest are NOT the same thing. Passion is BEYOND interest.

I have found and continue to find many excuses in pursuit of my passion(s). I have a wide array of interests, but finding and dedicating myself to something passionately is difficult. I always seem to come up with excuses of why I should not pursue my passions. Why is this? For me (and probably many of you), I think it’s the fear of stepping into uncertainty and who knows where it might lead. On one hand, it may lead to someplace great… on the other it may fail and that is what has the tendency to hold us back,

Unless…

We don’t let that fear of the unknown be a reason not to explore beyond our comfort zone. I think we are pre-programmed to want a certain amount of certainty in our lives. When it all boils down to it, we are, in essence, great guessing machines. We spend our entire lives learning about the world around us an applying that knowledge to what we think may happen in the future. If you ever touched something hot and got burned, you tend not to do it again. Therefore, certainty helps keep us safe by keeping us from doing things that may injure us. So certainty = safety and uncertainty = danger. Right? That’s not necessarily true. The future is always unknown. We never really KNOW what is going to happen, we just apply our most educated guess. What is uncertain could actually turn out to be quite wonderful.

What if we redefine the risk of stepping into the unknown as part of a journey without defining WHAT IS and WHAT IS NOT success? What if we just looked at stepping into the unknown as a chance to learn more about ourselves and explore the opportunity that may lead to? What if we chose to look out at that “limb” we’re thinking of exploring with the unfettered curiosity we had as kids. A curiosity that wants to explore the possibilities swinging from that limb instead of falling off of it, Perhaps that limb will lead us out to other extended branches that allow us to step out into much more than the safety of the trunk.

How about you? Are you going to venture out on the limb or cling to the trunk?

This was quite an inspiring talk on passionate pursuit. Give it a watch if you have a few mins:

A Man and A Dream

“You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it — because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?” ~ Col. Harland Sanders

Colonel Harland Sanders was a jack of many trades. Before becoming the world-famous face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Sanders was was a sixth-grade dropout, a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, a railroad worker, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, a ferryboat entrepreneur, a tire salesman, an amateur obstetrician, an (unsuccessful) political candidate, a gas station operator, a motel operator and finally, a restaurateur.

At the age of 65 when most people are entering a life of retirement, he was just beginning the most notable chapter of his life. In 1955 a newly constructed interstate highway snatched the traffic away from his Corbin, Ky., restaurant and Sanders was left with nothing but a Social Security check and a secret recipe for fried chicken… as it turned out, that was all he needed.

It was then, confident of the quality of his fried chicken, he started traveling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no’s” before he heard his first “yes”. Less than 10 years later he had over 600 franchises in the U.S. and Canada.

Never stop dreaming of the world you wish to build no matter what chapter of life you find yourself in… with a little persistence it just might become a reality.