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Passion: That's why you need more passion for success

We are enormously drawn to euphoria and devotion. We really admire them. Even if the hero in the epic goes down in the end - he stood up for his cause and burned for it. Sometimes even literally. What we respect him for is a quality that unites all successful people: Passion. Passion lets us persevere when there are setbacks or critics. Passion outlasts short-term enthusiasm. It makes our eyes sparkle when we talk about our ideas or successes. And the passion infects people who see and hear it. Often, passion is the decisive factor in whether we are heading for fortune or fiasco. But what is passion?

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Passion: the will to succeed

There are many synonyms for the apparently magical virtue of passion: devotion, passion, energy, ardor, fire, courage, verve, bravery, the urge to discover. What they all have in common is that they have enormous potential. Passion for something releases undreamt-of powers and gives those who have it almost superhuman qualities. And passion distinguishes those who succeed from those who do not.

Take Vince Lombardi, for example. He was a strict man. He got his first job as a football coach at the US Military Academy in West Point. Lombardi was seen as authoritarian, perfectionist but enormously adaptable. One of his strengths was to recognize the tactics and strategies of the opposing teams and to adapt them to the skills of his players and to put together balanced teams.

His career was correspondingly steep: he soon switched to the National Football League (NFL) and won the NFL championship with the Green Bay Packers in 1961, 1962 and 1965, followed by two more NFL titles in 1966 and 1967, followed by several super Bowl wins. Lombardi, who suffered from red-green blindness, has been a coaching legend ever since. Demanding and strict, but also as someone who always demanded independence from his players. The remarkable bon mot also comes from him:

The difference between successful people and all the others is not lack of strength, talent or knowledge. It's the lack of will.

Passion is not a question of talent

You could also translate the saying with “passion”. In football one would say: someone like that has the “train to the goal”. Such players want to score goals, snap the booth. Absolutely. Come what may. Cost what it may. Lombardi had also found in the course of his career that his best and most successful athletes possessed this quality.

This passion does not only appear in sportsbut everywhere. If you take a closer look at a few successful types in history, you soon realize: They weren't always among the high-flyers in their school year or at the universities. They weren't particularly talented or knew more than others either. Not at all. But they wanted to achieve their goals. Absolutely. From the heart. And that even carries over to their surroundings.

You can light a thousand candles with one candle without this candle losing its luminosity.

Passion overcomes obstacles

Steep thesis, yes. But there are numerous examples and evidence of this:

  • Bill Gates

    A college dropout who was dying to get his Microsoft idea a reality. Sure, his computer knowledge was enormous, but he had no idea about business administration. Nevertheless, he has prevailed and has meanwhile become the richest man in the world.

  • Richard Branson

    In middle school, he struggled with dyslexia. He gloriously ruined his school newspaper - despite prominent supporters like John le Carré or Jean-Paul Sartre. And he left school without a degree. Nevertheless, he founded his company Virgin a year later and is now considered an entrepreneurial all-rounder with an estimated fortune of four billion US dollars.

  • Joachim Schoss

    As a co-founder of the Internet portal Scout24 and CEO and co-owner of Beisheim Holding Switzerland, the then 39-year-old was extremely successful. Then came the year 2002 - and with it a serious motorcycle accident in South Africa in which he lost a leg and an arm in a lap. Soon afterwards, his marriage fell apart and he was also deprived of power as a business. Although he was physically damaged, he did not give up, on the contrary: he founded again. This time the My Handicap Foundation. An online platform where people with disabilities can get information, exchange ideas and make contacts. Today he says: “Many simply do not have the willpower to deal with the respective catastrophe. The meaning of life cannot be that we are doing well for 80 years in a row, but that we develop further. And you develop fastest when it hurts the most. "

Many more examples will come to mind: Athletes, founders, managers, colleagues. The essential thing about them is that they all set themselves a (long-term) goal to which they devote themselves heart and soul. In short: you work passionately and are extremely focused.

The complicated term volition is often used synonymously. Those who have this quality bite into their project, their task, their goal and only give up again when this goal has been achieved and the desired success is achieved. Terrier qualities. "I bet there isn't a single successful person who doesn't have this quality," says Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who is one of the luminaries in this field. "Nobody is so talented that they don't have to fight for their success - and passion helps enormously."

Passion impossible? Life is not a pony farm

The opposite of focusing can be observed even more often. Unfortunately. People make big plans, start something, but then don't finish it and give up. The reasons:

  • Because they let themselves be distracted by other, supposedly easier goals.
  • Because there is resistance. Doubt. Or simply ...
  • Because it takes too long and is too strenuous for them.

May be. But halfway you never find outhow successful you could have been. It is much better to “want” to find out whether you can do it after all. Across all obstacles. My uncle wrote me a card in the 1970s that I still have today because I have never forgotten the words. On it was the poem by R. Halm, which was probably to be found in many poetry albums at the time:

I will! This word is mighty
someone speaks seriously and quietly.
The stars tear from the sky
the little word: I want!

33 questions to help you recognize your passion

Of course, before following your passions (not just in love), you need to know them first. That’s easier written than done. Many people feel that they are not happy with their current path, but cannot name any alternatives. They do not know their “true passion” and have probably never really looked at it.

The following questions can help you to recognize hidden passions and to find the right path for you. Of course, you need a healthy amount of self-reflection and the willingness to break away from entrenched thought patterns:

  • Which topics and questions have fascinated and interested you for years?
  • What topics can you immerse yourself in for hours?
  • Are there any questions that you keep asking yourself with enthusiasm?
  • For which tasks does time seem to fly by?
  • What tasks would you like to do when you are bored?
  • Are there jobs and tasks that you keep dreaming of?
  • Which work do you do particularly well?
  • Are there any tasks that seem to come naturally to you?
  • What topics can you talk about with enthusiasm?
  • Are there any topics that your friends and family can no longer hear because you keep talking about them?
  • What is your ideal job and workplace?
  • Which of your skills - not just in the work context - are you proud of?
  • Which jobs and topics do you enjoy doing?
  • What career alternatives have you considered over and over again?
  • Which activities and tasks are you currently not practicing, but can you imagine perfectly and vividly?
  • What would you do if your financial resources were secure?
  • What would you do if you didn't have to make a living from it?
  • Which values ​​and topics are particularly important to you in your life?
  • What qualities and skills do your friends appreciate in you?
  • Are there any jobs that you would like to continue doing in 20 or 30 years?
  • What topics do you deal with during your vacation and in your free time?
  • Which tasks do you feel really comfortable with?
  • Which jobs give you the feeling of doing something meaningful?
  • For which projects do you like to invest overtime and extra work?
  • Are there any tasks that you would like to take on voluntarily?
  • Can you spontaneously name your favorite topics and areas of interest?
  • What activities do you use to balance your job?
  • What services would you offer as a freelancer?
  • What does or would your ideal customer look like?
  • What does or would your ideal project look like?
  • What topics do you want to get other people excited about?
  • Which topics do you stand up for with full conviction?
  • What topics do you get emotional and enthusiastic about?

How to inspire passion in others

(Re) igniting passion in other people is not just a noble task - it is THE management task par excellence. Likewise, everyone who gives a so-called impulse lecture wants that. Encouraging others to get the best out of themselves not only gives deep satisfaction and is fun - it also encourages you. It doesn't get any easier. But there are a few good indications of what inspires people (in the job) and arouses their passion:

  1. sense

    The feeling of being just an insignificant cog in the machine permanently paralyzes all work ethic. Everyone wants to know that their work creates added value, that it is important and indispensable. Those who convey exactly this to their employees awaken their vigor anew.

  2. Teamwork

    This is a term that has become overused and, unfortunately, too often misused. But he hits it on the head: people are social beings and companies are social organizations. Even if you muddle for a while - cooperation, cooperation as well as recognition and encouragement from others, in short “team spirit” is what we are looking for in the job alongside meaningful work. Those who find it like to do more.

  3. fairness

    Speaking of team spirit: It includes that all gratuities - salary, bonuses, praise - are transparent, understandable and fair. Nothing is more detrimental to motivation for the job than nepotism or unjust pay.

  4. Attention

    The point is closely related to the first, but deserves a special mention (or rather, attention). Money is the reward of the effort. But it never compensates for a lack of recognition. No matter what someone creates or produces - he wants colleagues and customers to register it, especially if it was good. Praise is a form of attention, a particularly positive one. But objective and fair criticism is also part of it. With top performers in particular, you can't make enough fuss about their merits. They even become role models and incentives for others.

  5. growth

    The catchphrase of lifelong learning always sounds appealing, but it is our own interest: We want to develop further, grow in the job, and develop more responsibility and creative freedom. But passion only thrives where people can do it. Glass ceilings and a lack of development by superiors or trained service providers are motivation killers - and often a major reason to change jobs.

  6. Autonomy

    For most entrepreneurs, the main wish was to become self-employed: They wanted to become more independent in their decisions, in their work and in their everyday work. Employees want that too. Indeed, freedom and self-determination are enormous driving forces. Wherever you can: Show people how they can become more independent - and you will awaken their passion!

Despite passion: Success needs something playful

Despite all your passion for your thing, you should never seem dogged. No matter how much drudgery, no matter how many experiences and failures ultimately behind it, how hard you had to work for it: It should remain a secret. "Whatever you do - the harder it is, the easier it has to look." - That is an iron rule of success.

In the end, people only see success. They respond to it either with admiration or with envy. But they never see the work, the hardships that were behind it. We all like to hide them. We adore the trio of singers, which impromptuly trills a polyphonic motet. We love magicians who enchant us with tricks. If they are presented gracefully, it increases our admiration tenfold. But please don't let all these illusionists sweat or tell us afterwards how many hours of hard training it took. Instinctively, our respect then immediately sinks. Now we know: anyone who practices, practices, practices as much can achieve the same thing. How vulgar!

Keep your troubles to yourself!

Everyone, really everyone who is successful in the spotlight has prepared themselves thoroughly before taking the stage. Sweat always precedes fame. Anyone who claims otherwise is doing it right - but is lying. You have to keep your troubles to yourself, no matter how great the temptation, no matter how much it would flatter your vanity if others applaud our cleverness. The more someone groans about too little time, too much work and about his victim, the less interesting he or she makes himself or herself. He's just a poor mortal after all.

On the other hand, those who show their passion, but hiding the effort behind it, it creates something that is greater than the work of man. In the Hofmann's book, published by Baldassare Castiglione in 1528, he described the highly elaborate manners of the perfect courtier. According to Castiglione, he has to do everything with “Sprezzatura”, with ease and nonchalance. Why? Because it inspires awe! You are apparently the only one who can do this feat. It makes you unique. And that gives great influence.

It would also be pretty stupid to reveal your tricks and tricks: Such information only gives others tools that they can later use against you. So cultivate your passion, awaken your passion, make a real effort. But every success that comes with it should keep something playful. And the work behind it - your noble secret.

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