The third and fourth levels of Passion
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. — Harriet Tubman
The Third Level of Passion: What is your purpose in life? your vocation?
Passion is energy. Feel that power that comes from focusing on what excites you. — Oprah Winfrey
Even those who have never thought about their goals, understand what it means to set goals, but they may have no idea how to find or choose a purpose in life. To me, this means turning your focus from yourself and what makes you happy to how you can do something to make a difference in other people’s lives.
A teacher may be happy when she can teach a subject she enjoys and have students willing to learn. Her goal may be to have students or their parents grateful for her efforts. She might hope to earn recognition for being an outstanding teacher or possibly eventually become a principal.
But these are goals based on what she wants. Her purpose in life might be to help struggling students learn basic skills so they can succeed in school or to inspire students to work harder and aim for higher goals. Every teacher hopes that somehow, he or she will make a real difference in the lives of at least a few of their students.
For a few teachers, this purpose grows into a fourth level passion. They spend their own money buying supplies and going to workshops because they hope to accomplish even more with their students.
In what ways would you like to make a difference? This is the difference between having a job or occupation, and having a vocation or what some people refer to as a calling.
For some of us, this purpose in life begins now and continues for a lifetime. For many people, the purpose changes from time to time as you change your job or your family situation or as you recognize new needs.
Purpose is the most powerful motivator in the world. The secret passion truly is purpose. — Robin Sharma
The Fourth Level of Passion is that Powerful Emotion that energizes your life
There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it is the aspirations of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a business person. — Anthony Robbins
Inspirational speakers urge us to “find our passion.” but not everyone has a burning passion that controls their lives. We recognize that great athletes have a passion to play professional ball and perhaps become outstanding players but their goal is to make themselves happy. The athlete who gives up a normal life, training year and year for the Olympics often does this for his or her country.
We know the passion of the artist or musician who cares only about creating something magnificent. We know the passion of the scientist or the inventor who has little time to spend with family or friends because of their passion for finding new medicines or new technologies to help people around the world.
Perhaps the best way to describe a true passion is to include a brief section of a famous speech, the “I Have a Dream” speech that Martin Luther King Jr. made in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This speech not only describes Dr. King’s personal passion, but the incredible passion of the many thousands of people working for Civil Rights. Even today, when they replay this speech of television or on the radio, we feel that passion and understand what kept so many of us marching. It was a cause we were willing to go to jail for, a cause many were willing to die for. Today, there is no great and noble cause like this that involves so many people.
The average person may have no ambitions to compare with any of these. Are we all expected to find that kind of powerful passion?
I believe many very ordinary people can find a passion. It may be a passion involving a hobby that they are so excited about that they think of little else, even while on the job or spending time with their family.
If you have found a job that involves your great interest, you are one of the lucky ones. You might even say that even if they didn’t pay you, you would continue to work because it is what you love doing. It is your purpose in life. It is your passion.
Others find their passion in volunteer work, finding it so rewarding that you wish you could have spent your entire like doing this.
Remain open to the possibility of finding a passion. Consider what great cause you might participate in or how you might make a difference in the world. When you find that passion, you will find your life has changed. You will feel a thrill of excitement, you will be filled with new energy, you will experience a passion for life.
It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it. — George Lucas