They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I can’t say I have the first clue who they are, but I can say this: Flattering others is not a roadmap to success. Therefore, despite what you may have heard, imitating others is of questionable benefit when it comes to being successful.
Passion is an integral component of the human experience. We all have things that we are passionate about. Some of our passions are learned, and some of them are present from the time we are born, almost as if they are ingrained as part of our DNA.
But whether a passion is learned or inherited they all have one thing in common: Our passions are the fuel for our success in life. Passion is what keeps us motivated, without it, few of us are able to sustain anything over the long haul.
Passion has obvious symptoms.
It is easy to identify those that are passionate about what they are doing in life. They all have the following two traits in common:
- They have been doing what they do for a long time.
- They still enjoy it.
That’s it. It really isn’t anymore complicated than that. If a person is not passionate about what they are doing, they will with absolute certainty burn out. At this point, unless there is some outside influence or obligation preventing it, they will stop doing it.
Change is not a substitute for passion.
I dare you to name one truly successful person in history who became successful doing something they were not passionate about.
Did you think of anyone yet?
In the absence of passion, many people settle for change. Change provides short-term excitement because it usually brings with it a new experience or challenge which can temporarily compensate for a lack of passion. A new job that is not your dream job will be more enjoyable simply because it is new and you have not yet had time to become bored or otherwise disillusioned.
Those lacking in passion never stick with anything for a long period of time and are constantly searching for the next thing. They are either not sure of what they really want to do, or they believe what they really want to do is not realistic. Consequently, they fall victim to what I call the “anything but this” syndrome.
People suffering from ATBT syndrome often find themselves getting on board with somebody else’s passion.
Virtually everyone has at some point in time had a friend try to get them involved in a network marketing company at least once. Many people decide to give it a try, usually because the promise of “big money” and “passive income”. Both of these are worthy goals as well as very enticing carrots being dangled, especially to those who are not passionate about what they are already doing.
Bit the reality is that most people who try network marketing fail miserably. A few of those who fail blame the specific product or company and move on to the next one. But the majority of network marketing failures decide that it’s all a scam after all, and swear off it completely.
Both groups could not be more wrong. No one fails at network marketing because of the product, or the company, or the business model in general. Network marketing is not scam, and is in fact a proven and effective business model that has created some very wealthy people.