Key to Success: Passion

Passion is such an underrated quality in a person.  I personally think that if you truly have passion for what you do, anything is possible and the sky is the limit.  Being passionate and obsessed about working on your craft, is what makes people skillful and willful.

In my job field, we have 14 leadership traits: justice, judgment, decisiveness, integrity, dependability, tact, initiative, enthusiasm, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and endurance.  If I were to sit 10 people in a room and ask them which one of those traits is the most important, I would bet at least 8 of them would say dependability.  I disagree.  I always get strange looks when I say what I believe is the most important: enthusiasm. I think that enthusiasm is the glue that holds everything together.  If you are truly enthusiastic about something, you can find yourself working until 2 or 3 in the morning and not even realize the time.  That’s endurance.  With enthusiasm, you’ll show initiative in seeking knowledge in your subject field.  You’ll be dependable because it becomes the most important thing in your life.

Passion helps the first step happen in an action plan.  It also helps maintain discipline and consistency because doing the task or action plan gives you joy and a sense of accomplishment.


Consider how much passion impacts your optimism and your happiness.  One of the biggest joys in the world is holding your child for the first time.  If you’re truly passionate about being a good father or mother to your child, that moment becomes even more joyous.  You begin to love life even more then you did before.  Being passionate about something is vital to success. (The picture above was when our first child, Blair, was born in November 2015.)

The more I continue thinking and working on this blog, the more passionate I become in the idea that this will be something so much greater than it already is.  I look forward to sharing that passion with you all.

If you find work that makes you happy, then you will never work a day in your life.

8 thoughts on “Key to Success: Passion

  1. What a motivating post! I would have chosen courage or initiative as the top leadership trait. But I can understand and appreciate why passion should be. It is like the foundation for all the other leadership traits that can help turn your passion into the purpose you have on your life. Beautiful picture of you and your daughter, btw.


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