For the passionless

2-7-11

{A quote by William Wordsworth, illustrated by Beverly Ealdama}

You have to have passion, so the saying goes – and so I mentioned in last week’s post on innovation. I’ve gotten emails asking me why is passion so important? Why shouldn’t money, or fame be a primary motivator instead? Why not do what other people is doing and do it bigger, better, cheaper instead, just because you can?

My logic is this: If you’re not passionate about something, then you won’t stick around when the hard part comes along. Passion is what makes you ride the bad parts out because you believe in the bigger picture. And believe me, there’s going to be a lot of hard parts – enough to break you over and over again. Passion will be the only reason why you’ll pick yourself up again after each tumble.

Passion will keep your hearts soaring long after the attention has died down. And when the lights dim – passion will drive you to produce new work, and relive the highs and lows all over again.

If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, stop torturing yourself right now. Find something else that is worthy of your heart, soul and time. It doesn’t matter if you make a few wrong turns along the way – just remember to keep on turning until you find your way.

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Have a lovely Monday! And for those in the USA, hope you’re having a lovely Memorial Day weekend!

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10 thoughts on “For the passionless

  1. Completely agree with you.
    When you have a strong desire to see the product of your hard work, nothing can stop you! That’s what makes us keep on with such hard life 😀

    Love the quote and illustration 🙂

  2. I do draw at night after work , so tired, so exhausted. But that’s the only time I got to do what I love to do.

    Yes, passion is important.
    It keeps me going, even after years.

    I wish I have enough money to stop working and start living my life the way I want to.
    But reality matters.

    🙁

  3. Thanks Pavinee, Kye and Lym!

    azreenchan, that’s how a lot of artists get their start. Don’t be discouraged — hang in there and you’ll soon reap the rewards!

  4. Completely TRUE! These are beautiful words of wisdom. Something we need to hear more often for sure. I have a full time job and eventually want to make my art full time. I find myself doodling at work or staying up late working on my own artwork 🙂

  5. As a person with depression, I have learned that if you are not being broken over and over again in life, you are not living. You are merely waiting for death. Peace in this life is to be precious, little and hard earned.

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