Discovering Your Passion: Part 2

HeartsWithout passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” — Donald Trump

How many of you can say that you’re excited to get up in the morning? Passion is what gives you the energy and enthusiasm to fly ecstatically through your day. It’s what makes the good moments even brighter and what allows us to accomplish the so-called impossible.

If you haven’t discovered your passion yet, consider how these three people discovered theirs:

Passion as a Form of Secondary Income: Cathy Jones Tittle, Nurse, Artist and Photographer, Treasures by You

What am I passionate about and how did I find my passion?

This isn’t an easy question to answer because I’m passionate about many things, so I’ll talk about my oldest passion, the one that has consumed me longer than any other passion I have.

Art. Simply put, I love to draw and paint. To create something I can lay my hands on or look at, that comes from inside of me, is a strong driving force in my life. I have been drawing since before I can remember. My mother told me that from the time I could hold a crayon, and then a pencil, I drew. When I got a bit older, I painted. I started oil painting when I was 12. By that age, I had used charcoal, pencil and oil pastels among other things to create my art.

Painting for me is more than a skill. It’s the ability to convey an idea from me to whoever is looking at my work. And it’s pleasure. I get a very hedonistic sense of pleasure from painting. And when I put something on paper or canvas, I feel as though I have put part of me there. A piece of me goes into everything I create.

Why do I do this and feel this way? I don’t know.

It just is what it is, I guess. Sometimes you just enjoy the lollipop without thinking about how it got into your mouth!

Passion Leading to a Career Change: Bill Gelwick, Network Marketer, Self-Employed

I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit, but after trying and failing at both a brick-and-mortar business and network marketing, I had opted for the “security” of a real job. I was laid off from a firm back in 2009. I had already gotten the bug again, but that solidified it for me. I could not let my security be decided by the business decisions of someone else any longer. After a couple years of struggling on the Internet, I was presented with Mentoring For Free and the game changed instantly. I have since gotten a new job in architecture but plan to retire from that field in roughly a year from now.

For me, I have found that I am passionate about helping others. Being a network marketer, helping your team is paramount, but I have found that there is much more to it than that. Through online content syndication, I’m on a mission to help as many people in as many different businesses and industries as possible. This effort began with a Facebook group called “Syndication Elation” and has grown to include several supplemental sites. With the help of the other members, we not only manually syndicate for each other, but a portion of the process has also even been automated. Furthermore, I work with mentoring people from many different MLM companies.

So how did I discover this passion? After being exposed to the Mentoring For Free system, I realized that these people had really hit on something great. Rather than simply chasing people down to share your business with them, just be friendly and help them with their business. If they are looking for a company, they may or may not join you. Either way, it’s alright; we still work with them. Many of the people I speak with are already involved with an MLM company and I help them the same as I would someone in my own company. I have built many lifelong friends doing this, and I have Mentoring For Free to thank for it, as well as Terri Pattio who shared this great system with me.

Finding your passion is the key to success in life and business. I am honored to have had the chance to share my experience with you. If you would like more information on how I can help you, please visit my blog, Bill’s Big MLM Blog.

Passion Through Life Choices: Alexandra Kerr, Public Relations Specialist, Life: Past, Present and PR

“Your passion doesn’t always lie in your loved career.”

What am I passionate about? Well, a few things — family, friends, PR and writing. But anyone that knows me or anyone that has peeped into my windows would know where my true passion lies: with animals.

I am passionate about animals and have been since I was a four year old whispering secrets into the ears of my best friend: a 40-kilo Rottweiler.

I admire animals’ ability to trust, their undying love to those they are loyal to and how they seem to have a happy disposition toward each new day.

And although my passion for animals didn’t lead me to a veterinary career, I choose to make choices in life to help how I can. I own four rescue cats and a dog, I foster kittens and cats, which once included raising an abandoned four-day-old kitten who needed bottle feeding every 2 hours, I donate my own money and raise funds for my favourite animal charity…and my passion and love of animals has me being the proud sponsor of an orphan elephant in Africa! So while my future career lies within the PR industry, I do know that I will always have a strong bond with animals and will always do what I can to better their furry little lives.

So for every animal great and small, and to my personal animals — Evie, Mini, Lola, Eddy and Bertie — know that I am passionate about you and always will be.

Are you living out your passions? Tell us in the comments below!

Also check out Part 1 of the “Discovering Your Passion” series!

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18 Comments

  1. Posted September 21, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Amen to all the wise words above! :-))

  2. Posted September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Three interesting people found very different passions: drawing/painting,entrepreneur helping others, and caring for animals. Shows the different paths that being passionate about something can take.

  3. Posted September 22, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks for presenting this series, Samantha. Both Cathy’s and Alexanra’ stories are inspirational, showing that our passions can take many forms and can fit into our lifestyle in many ways.

    • Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      It’s so true, Adriene! I especially love how Cathy shows how passion can be embedded into a career yet how Alexandra shows that it doesn’t have to be that way! =)

  4. Posted September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sam, passion is so important in life and I like how you mention Alexandra Kerr and the way that she works passions into her life that are not necessarily related to her career, for example her love of animals. I love dancing, I am not a professional dancer but I talk about dancing in social media and play music while I work and it makes my day that more productive since I am doing what I love. To passion!

    • Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I loved about Alexandra’s story too, Karla! =) We can love our career, but have amazing passions outside of it too! =) And as you already know, I totally feel you on the dancing front! =)

      *Clink!* To passion!

  5. Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Sam,

    Am I living out my passion? Well…I keep finding new ones. So maybe I am following my passion nose…?

    I have at times lost my passion, and felt like I was walking around aimlessly.

    Passion is important — Just as someone said above!

    ~Keri

    • Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Ooh! Great point, Keri! =) Our passions can change, evolve and grow! I’ll have to develop my passion nose too. =)

  6. Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Such lovely words and such an amazing compilation! :)

  7. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    This series is really wonderful. Thanks for offering it.

    • Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Thom! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it as much as I enjoy putting it together! =)

  8. Posted September 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    A great series Samantha. It is wonderful to read of how peoples passions influence their lives.

  9. Becky Bangayan Ting
    Posted September 29, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Passion gives life meaning, passion makes the world go round, as we get older, its so easy to lose sight of our passion. Thanks to your series, we are reminded to rekindle our passion/s.

    • Posted September 29, 2011 at 5:32 am | Permalink

      I hadn’t thought about that, Auntie Becky! I guess in my youthfulness, my life seems to be all about passion hunting. =) I hope that I continue to rekindle mine through my life as you have. =)

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