Passions drive success

Steve Jobs once said that if you’re not doing what you love, you must keep looking and don’t settle. Few, but powerful words with an explosive truth: you cannot live a life without being inspired by something.

If you feel stuck finding your way, relax, listen what your inner gut say, and ask yourself: what makes my heart sing? We spend our day at work, university, arriving lately home with the feeling we are running out of time to read, exercise, do whatever we want to do. Assuming time is the best resource we will ever have, we should learn how to use it wisely.

If you need to be inspired, just think about how many successful CEOs set their alarm at 5.00 a.m. to start their daily routine doing things that make them happy. According to USA Today, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 a.m. and reads his 800 emails/day, does sport and has a healthy breakfast before going to the office. But if you don’t feel comfortable with this idea, don’t get nervous, it is not a sign of weakness.

First of all, select wisely the things you would love to do. If you have never considered writing down a list, try doing it now. Start with thinking to your personal desires and choose what you could do in those 5 or 20 minutes you magically find during the day. Whatever you’ll write down (playing golf, tennis, chess, reading, riding a bike, volunteer) could fill that time-gap. As Earl Nightingale said “if you spend an extra hour each day of study in your chosen field, you will be a national expert in that field in five years or less”. What a shocking statement! Either if you want to do it for a living or just for fun, if you believe it, nothing is impossible and your passion will drive you to success.

Your list could be quite long at the beginning, you just need more focus. This is normal because we tend to go back our comfort-zone if we fail the first attempt or the second. This approach will not bring you to a solution but only to confusion and, in the end, you will quit: you must say “NO” to second choices and you have to be ready to fail and start again. Spend more time brain-storming and try to reach the right mood and inner peace in order to freely set your goals.

Fall in love with your passion. Nobody said it should happen at first sight, maybe you need to undercover it doing more work on yourself but, in the end, you will find what makes your heart sing, and you should let it sing louder.

Life is too short to spend time doing things you really don’t love, because sooner or later you will face a time you will regret things you didn’t do, challenges you didn’t take. Passions can truly give you wings, not the ones you take for a short flight, but for your entire life.

Set your priorities, enjoy the trip, work hard on your dreams.