Jonathan Fields, in his post, What Are You Willing To Do For The Rest of Your Life? makes a cogent argument for leading with your passion. He reviews the book by Randy Komisar’s – The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.
Both Fields and Komisar speak about how most big money is made not from the drive for it, but from the drive to express your passion. This same drive for expression versus success is similar to the drive that inspires a man to grow up.
Deep within each man are burning desires that are waiting to express themselves. More than a seed that is waiting to germinate, these passions are much like a fetus wanting to be birthed. Women have the beautiful, albeit often painful, experience of delivering life. What do we have? I believe it is our purpose, that thing in us that needs to be birthed.
Here is the quote Fields sites from the book. I like it because it is true for life and personal growth.
Tenacity and endurance are key to business success. But tenacity is seldom sustained simply by the drive for riches. Endurance most often wanes in the face of persistent obstacles if money is the overwhelming objective.
To risk going for it, let alone achieving your purpose, will take tenacity. Others will tell you that it is not worth it. I have seen men die a slow death by not attempting the risk. What we don’t understand is that it is not about making it. It is about going for it. As the old adage says, “It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all”. You deserve taking that risk.
We all have our passions to create and contribute. We like to make things. What are you burning to create or make?