What does it take to turn a mission and a vision to reality? Why are great people great? Why do people love the work they do?
The term ‘Passion’ first appeared in second century Christian texts to describe the suffering of Jesus Christ – now turned into a movie called The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. However, the term has taken a more general sense now. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is ‘an intense enthusiasm for something’. Time and again the world has gained by this intense enthusiasm – passionate work of people. Be it the work of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, or Alexander Graham Bell. They all worked passionately to transform their vision to reality. Let’s see some examples below.
He failed in business at the age of 21.
He was defeated in a legislative race at the age of 22.
He failed again in business at the age of 24.
He overcame the death of his sweetheart at the age of 26.
He had a nervous breakdown at the age of 27.
He lost a Congressional race at the age of 34.
He lost a Senatorial race at the age of 45.
He failed in an effort to become the Vice President at the age of 47.
He lost a Senatorial race again at the age of 49.
Finally, he was elected the President of the Unites States at the age of 52.
Today the world knows him as Abraham Lincoln.
Under the original deal, he warned the distributors of the film, i.e. Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, that the movie would be expensive, around $120 million, and not the conventional 1-2 hours of movie. However, as the costs for the movie soared out of control to more than $200 million and rumours of him tormenting his crew surfaced in Los Angeles, he was asked to cut several planned scenes. Not ready to compromise with his passionate vision, he had no option but to invest his own fees and forgo his profit percentage.
The movie was made; it hit the theatres in 1997. It turned out to be a smash hit, broke all the existing records, swept away 11 Oscars including the Best Picture, the Best Director, the Best Original Score, and the Best Original Song. Overjoyed with the success of the movie, the distributors paid him much more than his original fees.
Who is this visionary director?
He is the writer, director and co-producer of Titanic – James Cameron.
These are just few of the hundreds of thousands of people who have kept the flame of passion burning against all the odds. The only thing common between these dignitaries is the passion in their lives – the passion to do something for their community, their society, their nation AND their passion to work consistently towards realizing their goals.
Why is Passion necessary in life?
With passion adrenaline rushes faster, blood circulation improves, there is fire in the belly, heart exhibits a more caring attitude, soul finds tranquility, mind thinks faster and each and every cell of the body is rejuvenated and functions properly. This helps the sleep to deepen, thereby helping the body to repair its worn out cells.
If passion means quitting your job and doing something crazy, just do it.
If passion means dancing madly on the streets, just do it.
If passion means working even when you are not being paid for it – just do it.
If passion means sleeping when the world works and working when the world sleeps, just do it.
Whatever you do, do it passionately; forget what the world thinks about you. If you believe in what you do, just go for it.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well.”
Passion is therefore the most precious and essential tonic, rather ‘elixir’ that no scientist but you alone can produce for your body. Don’t let the train of your journey called life pass you by. You are meant to board it even if it means having to run passionately just to catch it. We live just once and there are strictly no tomorrows in life. All we have is today and more precisely, this moment, ‘yeh pal’! If we miss it, we miss it forever. So wake up and allow yourselves to be taken over by the storm called Passion and start tasting the joy of living.
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