As you’re there, reading this now, beginning to wonder… let me ask you a question: are you passionate about what you’re doing right now? Reading this article right here, right now – are you passionate about it? Does learning about success and becoming a better person turn you on, or is it just some some brain snack to keep it occupied until the next bit of stimuli like a good consumer?
If the former, then this will be a nice exercise for something you already have much of. If the later, then hopefully this will be a wake-up call, so either way keep reading.
I was talking to a friend other day that I helped with a breakthrough session (somewhat on the line of the new Tony Robbins show), and he told me about a very successful gentleman that was telling him about some of his “secrets to success”. He was saying how every year or so he would try on a new concept in life, and apply it to become a better person (sounds like my kind of guy already).
He said that there was one that stuck out above the rest in his life, the one concept that made the biggest impact in his love, business, and personal life… pretty much all areas. Something that when applied to everything he did, will manifest abundance in the kind of satisfaction and happiness you’ve been looking for.
I’m sure one can guess by now… but before I tell you what he said, I want to tell you a story. This story is about a certain little rabbit named Ernie.
Now Ernie was a shy little bunny, about a modest 9lbs, with silky gray & brown fur that glistened under the moonlit sky. On this evening, Ernie found himself in a peculiar predicament; the sorts only a rabbit of Ernie’s curiosity was capable of. Not only was he lost in the rows and rows of carrots after a long day filled with adventure, but he was incredibly hungry. A pretty good problem to have in such a place one might say, but for this little bunny, he knew better – for his appetite was unique.
For he loved himself some good ‘ol fashioned cabbage, and carrots only satisfied him momentarily. He wanted something he loved to come back to this, day after day, week after week, that really gave him the nutrients that he couldn’t find in regular old carrots – even if they seemed pretty healthy and tasty.
So after exploring all the things ever further, after going down even more and more, row after row, passing by the pumpkins and carrots as he went down, all the things there were just… “meh”. But alas, he finally did stumble upon what we all had been yearning for…
There it was, in all it’s dark green, leafy glory. Ernie was thrilled!
“WAIT!” a voice shuttered, “You must deserve and truly desire this before having access!”
After an abrupt dash backwards, Ernie coyishly looked up and saw Mr. Crow, flapping his way down to intercept him.
“Please?” Ernie said meekishly. “Pretty please?”
“Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids you must ask yourself why you even want this cabbage. I need to know you truly desire this before I can determine your worthiness. Will you devour this food as if it’s the last on earth, as if the leaves themselves aroused the core of your soul in such a way, that each hair on your silky fur coat beamed with excitement?”
“This is the way kings dine – a celebration of life! While you many be no lion my little bunny friend” Mr. Crow said, “you can still be the king of your own feast, each and every glorious evening as this!”
With that, the crow vanished into the night as quickly as he appeared, leaving Ernie to his thoughts, as he overlooked an entire patch of the most glorious cabbage, without regard to any other bunnies only desire of carrots. He was left with wonderings about what this had to do with anything, but had a feeling Mr. Crow was onto something regardless…
Some people go through life just doing things without thinking, while others waste waaay too much time on something, deciding if it would really give them happiness. This is what made the idea my friend told me he learned so interesting. While the concept wasn’t new, the application was. Not only that, but the extreme application of it.
He said for everything he’d do, he’d ask himself a simple question: “am I passionate about this?”
If he was, he’d do it. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t. It was pretty much that simple. Now a lot of smart people do this already, on big decisions or activities… but he knew to apply it to everything.
“Oh this watch is awesome! $2500… am I passionate about it? Yes. Okay, am I realllyyy passionate about it? Yes.” Then he’d figure out a way to buy it.
“This band is epic, I want to see them live in concert. Am I passionate about this music? Yes!” Then he’d get tickets to the show.
“She’s really hot, but not really into watches and concerts like me. Am I passionate about her? Well she’s hot… Am I passionate about her? Not really.” Then he wouldn’t date her.
“This is a normal pen. Whoa THIS pen is awesome, it’s a fountain pen, look how fun it is to write with!”
“White Swiss chocolate-covered gourmet strawberries imported from France? Nice. Juicy red, fresh, organic strawberry? Mmm, yes, those please!” It didn’t have to be fancier, sometimes the simple ones had more raw passion.
You get the point.
Apply it to everything, try it out. Imagine a life where everything you owned, everything you did, excited you – brought you to life and gave you the kind of radiant passion that really satisfied you. It doesn’t mean you have to buy Mont Blanc pens or expensive watches, if a plastic watch your dad gave you before he passed away has passion and value to it, by all means, of course.
Become this kind of person who cherishes and appreciates everything in his life: everyone he’s with, everything he owns, everything he does – and do it with passion! Besides making your life amazing, people will notice and they love to be around somebody that is actually excited about life (which is unfortunately rare)… and how can you appreciate this and be excited about the big things, if you don’t even enjoy the pen you write with everyday?
Again, it’s not about the materials or exclusivity – it’s about whatever it is that you have or do, that genuinely excites you the most, and picking that one every time. I have a Moleskine notebook that I use to write down lots of stuff: the things I’ve healed, need to work on, and topic ideas for this site… and it’s the most awesome notebook ever! The attention to details is great, and the craftsmanship is superb. As Seth Godin would say “it’s remarkable”.
Own things like this; things that some people would think you’re silly to get so worked up about – because the people that DO have passion, will know exactly where you’re coming from… and you want to attract more of those people into your life, don’t you?
Don’t just do passion, become passionate. Passionate people are remarkable because they are filled with life. Are you?
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