Motivation

Passion is the Key to Success

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“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”
– William James

Lots of clients wonder why they fell short while friends and acquaintances found success. Most of them end up coming to a similar conclusion after careful analysis, which is that they just didn’t care enough to stick with what they were doing when times got tough. They may have been told to care by authority figures, they may have duped themselves into believing they cared because of the lure of financial gain, power, or prestige but deep down they didn’t feel passionately drawn forward by what they were doing.

When you can put all the excuses and extenuating circumstances aside what you’re left with is a simple maxim: Don’t waste your time pursuing anything unless you’re passionate about it. It’s the passion that makes you keep getting up after being knocked down instead of bowing out, coming up with a plausible rationalization for why it didn’t work.

The overnight success story is rare and in fact most people who are called overnight success stories scoff at the label because they know about the endless hours of work and struggle that went into making their dreams come to fruition. They remember all the times they could have given up but didn’t, trudging on despite the lack of any external recognition or outward success.

You can have all the natural talent in the world but if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing you will probably lose interest, not to mention there are plenty of people out there with just as much talent who feel relentlessly driven to build upon what they can already do because of that endless reserve of passion underneath.

If you want to be successful at your endeavors only pursue the ones that you really care about, and your passion will sustain you through the lean times until you eventually get the result you want, even if this result occurs under different circumstances than you originally planned for.

Greetings I'm Michael, the owner of Evolution Counseling and the author of all the articles on this site. I got my master's degree from Seattle University in community mental heath counseling and have committed myself to advancing my knowledge of psychology and to evolving my own philosophical system ever since. In addition to the content on this site I offer online coaching using Skype. If you'd like to learn more about it click on the online coaching tab or if you think you'd like to set up a session send me an email at evolve@evolutioncounseling.com.

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