Passion is what makes the world go around. Passion is the driving force behind every aspect of humanity, the good, the bad and the ugly. Passion is the driving force behind art, and the driving force behind war. Passion is what leads to love, and passion is what leads to hate. Passion is the lifeblood of creation, and nothing of any significance, whether positive or negative, is ever accomplished without passion.
“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD – 180 AD)
Take a moment and think of someone who’s accomplishments you truly admire. Pick anyone you want, it could be a celebrity, a historic figure or your own parent. Would you say they were passionate? Now pick someone who’s accomplishments you truly despise and ask yourself the same question. Did you get the same answer? Most likely you did, because passion does not discriminate, it only motivates.
It was passion that allowed Lance Armstrong to win the Tour de France seven times. It was passion that drove Howard Stern to become the (self-proclaimed) King of All Media. Oprah Winfrey? Passion. Gandhi? Passion. Mother Theresa? Passion. Martin Luther King? Passion. Hitler? Yes, that was passion too.
“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”