When we think what is needed to be successful in life and in our work, we usually think about characteristics like value, talent, ambition, intellect, discipline, persistence and luck. What many of us often fail to include in this recipe of success is passion. The passion we have, or we don't have. Sometimes this ingredient could make the biggest difference for the whole dish.
We generally term a person successful on the account of his wealth and fame. But true success is not only about money. Sometimes the richest of the man in the world could find himself unsuccessful. Success can be truly defined as achievement of something desired. So, the most successful people are the ones who achieve the things they most desire. True nature of success is to be proud of what we do either economically or personally.
Success comes with a raw passion for doing what we truly want. The passion we have for our work can be the difference between making a living or making a killing.
Take the example of CEO and founder of Facebook– Mark Zuckerberg. The 27-year-old billionaire has changed the reality of the virtual world for everyone. According to Zuckerberg the most important ingredient to success is ‘following your passion – not money.’ He suggests following happiness. According to him, by the following passion even if you don't end up making a fortune, you'll at least be doing what you love.
Here are three reasons why being passionate about what you do is important
Ø Being persistent
Success does not come easily. It requires a lot of hard work and patience. Many a time you have to keep working even without getting any results, with the hope that sooner or later the results might follow. Many people complain that they don't have enough energy to keep going. The answer is if you found something that you are passionate about you won't find any problems in being persistent
Ø Where there’s a will, there’s a way
You have to be aware of what drives you, what you’re working towards and why it’s important to you. When you don’t have clarity on these things, challenges and obstacles can really become a major distraction and take you off course. When you’re really passionate about what you do, quitting isn’t an option. As the saying goes “where there’s a will, there’s a way
Ø Sometimes Facts don’t count
When you are serious about success and reaching towards your goals, the facts and criticisms of others do not count. For instance, take the example of Mark Zuckerberg, no one supported Mark’s idea of building a social platform that could bring people together, in fact, the idea itself sounded absurd. But we all are witness to Mark’s success today.
Life becomes delightful when you are living on purpose and doing what you love. Things start to flow much easier. Things that once seemed like the end of the world are no longer a big deal. Challenges and obstacles are seen as tests to our commitment rather than a cruel punishment from the universe.
Passion is what keeps us going. It’s the fuel that drives us. If you’re not passionate about what you do, you need to ask yourself, why you are doing it?