20 Quotes To Encourage You To Pursue Your Passion
- David Stidston
One of the strongest beliefs that society has created is that work is not supposed to be enjoyable, and it's merely a means of generating money legally, in order to survive. How many people do you hear around you who regularly count down the days until the weekend, or they love bitching about how much their job sucks, or they continually refer to how much they are looking forward to retirement? Perhaps you, yourself, are one of these people? It's quite funny, when I think back on my nightclubbing days, to when the DJ would play Blink 182's song "All The Small Things", and the crowd there would yell the words "work sucks" at the top of their voices, whenever that lyric came on. It's a perfect summary of exactly how mainstream society perceives their respective jobs, and the work they do. I've mentioned this statistic a lot in my blog entries, but nearly 9 out of every 10 workers in the world, actually hate or dislike their job or business. Yep, so basically nearly 9 out of 10 people are merely living for the weekend, annual leave, and retirement, because everything else around these three times, actually sucks. Considering that one third of the time between the ages of 18 and 65 is spent working in a job or a business, that also means that nearly 9 out of every 10 people spend one third of these 47 years feeling unhappy and miserable. That's a damn huge amount of time to be wasting away life feeling sad, unhappy, and miserable, all because of a job or a business. So then it comes back to "well what the hell are we meant to do about it, because we need an income after all?". There is something else I mention quite a lot of in my blog entries also, and they are three words that read "pursue your passion", and it's these three words that actually answer the above question.
What does it mean to pursue your passion? To have passion is to have a strong and barely uncontrollable emotion, an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Despite what society leads us to believe, it is possible to have a passion for our work, and those 1 out of 10 people who actually do enjoy their job or their business, would firmly agree. Every single one of us have a passion, maybe even a few passions, in life, which bring us happiness, enjoyment, and satisfaction. Perhaps the easy way to reveal your passion is to think of a hobby or interest. Once we get clear on, and have an awareness of, exactly what our passion is, then it's up to us to turn that passion into our career. There are certain corporate jobs in which people have a passion for, but a lot of the time, in order to turn a hobby or an interest into a line of work, we need to create a business. Let's face it, we do indeed need to be working, so we can generate an income in order to survive, therefore we have three choices. The first choice is the most popular amongst people, which is of course picking any random job for the sake of it, just for income's sake. Considering that this is the option in which 9 out every 10 people are unhappy and they hate their job, it's the worst of the three choices. We sentence ourselves to 47 years of misery and unhappiness, in doing so. The second choice is to discover a corporate job that fits the bill as to the line of work we are truly passionate about. A lot of the time, this option requires certain qualifications, and one thing that is a part of life in order to create happiness, satisfaction, and success, is to make sacrifices. Choosing this option may mean we will need to get ourselves qualified, complete the respective university course, no matter our age, but understand that it will take a couple of years of sacrifice, study, and hard work, in order to find our passion and enjoy long term future happiness, success, and satisfaction. Get qualified, and then get applying! The final of the three choices is to indeed start our own business. This one scares people the most because we were never educated about entrepreneurship in school, we have never done anything such as this previously, society has us believe that businesses only ever end up failing, we don't believe we have the required knowledge or skills, and it involves risk. With all this though, it is the ultimate choice of truly turning our passion into a profession, because we are control, we have the flexibility, and we determine the success or failure, dependant on our attitude and commitment. The thing is, we need to invest time and effort into researching our options, devising an action plan, and committing ourselves then to that action plan. Work can be enjoyable, I am testament to that. When you love what you do, work doesn't feel like work at all, it feels like enjoying the time engaging in your hobby every single day. You need to take risks, make changes, and make sacrifices in life, if you truly want happiness and success, and that includes our career. Here are 20 quotes to encourage you to pursue your passion in life, and discover the work satisfaction, enjoyment, and happiness, you have been starving yourself of.
1.- “Pursue your passion, and everything else will fall into place. This is not being romantic. This is the highest order of pragmatism.”
- Gabby Giffords
2.- "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
3.- “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
- Oprah Winfrey
4.- "Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’– yours."
- Robert Ballard
5.- “Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”
- Whit Hobbs
6.- "Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams."
- Donovan Bailey
7.- "To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work."
- Sister Mary Lauretta
8.- “You just have to find that thing that’s special about you that distinguishes you from all the others, and through true talent, hard work, and passion, anything can happen.”
- Dr. Dre
9.- "Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head."
- A. R. Rahman
10.- “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”
- Mia Hamm
11.- "Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It's possible. And it's your turn. So go for it. It's never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place."
- J. Michael Straczynski
12.- "You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support."
- Sabrina Bryan
13.- “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
- Ella Jane Fitzgerald
14.- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”
- Steve Jobs
15.- "When you're following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves."
- Shakti Gawain
16.- “When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too.”
- Vera Wang
17.- "I think that passion is the secret ingredient that drives hard work and excellence."
- Kelly Ayotte
18.- “Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
19.- "Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate."
- Jon Bon Jovi
20.- “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”
- Wanda Sykes
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