Four days before writing this letter I was poised with many challenges. I had so much to do, so much to think about but seemingly very little time to clear my head, fan my mind and find fulfillment. With so much to deal with I had this to share, “No one really lacks what to do. Our neglect of what we ought to do is what cripples us.”
Neglect here does not mean refusal to attend to what is necessary. It however means not devoting time to what is necessary.
In life there are so many distractions many enough to keep you busy but never fulfilled. Your ability to handle these distractions and focus on what matters to you as a person determines how fulfilled, successful or disappointed you will be in life.
In my previous letter I shared ‘why you should live intentionally.’ As much as that letter will go a long way to help you live fully, you will not find completeness if you lack devotion to a true cause.
What are you living to die for? There isn’t a typographic error in that question. I really meant, what exactly are you living to die for?
Passion cannot be bought with money neither can it be purchased or traded. Passion can only be earned.Passion cannot be bought with money neither can it be purchased or traded. Passion can only be earned. Click To Tweet
How to earn passion
Discover your purpose
Purpose is one of those topics that many people still have numerous questions about. It is not surprising that despite the number of books published, articles written, movies produced and music composed, purpose remains a mystery.
Purpose is not a mystery because it cannot be understood. It is a mystery because it is different for every person. My purpose differs from yours, your purpose differs from that of your sibling but of it all the key thing to note is we all have a purpose.
In this letter, I will not write a comprehensive process with which you can discover your purpose. However, I will leave you with this to think about; ‘Whatever you cannot sit, see and ignore are the things you are meant to solve.’
Feed your Purpose
Nothing grows if it is not fed. A child will get ill of malnutrition if feed poorly and will die eventually if not feed adequately. Do you feed your purpose daily?
Why you seem to lack passion that will drive you to levels your skills can serve and create an influence in the world is because you do not feed your purpose daily and adequately.
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If you truly desire to live fully and find uncommon success, you have to be willing to pay the price of feeding your purpose.
You can feed your purpose by reading books that can push you in the direction of fulfilling your purpose. A little push makes a great difference if it is consistent and deliberate. There are many other things you can do to feed your purpose. However, the uniqueness of our individual purpose restricts me from listing all there is that you can do to feed your purpose.
Notwithstanding, if you have found your purpose, just like a sucking child you will know the breast milk or bone you need to gain the nutrient and momentum for the next level you ought to be in.
Be willing to die
‘If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live’, Martin Luther King Jr. says. Your passion will die a slow and creeping death if you have not resolved to die for what your life is about.
It is important at this point to remind you that to be willing to die for your purpose is not a call to be a martyr but a call to true leadership.
Leadership is about service. To die for your purpose is to serve until you become the express example of the change you desire to see in the world.
I will keep saying every time I am able to recall that personal leadership precede cooperate leadership. You cannot change what you have not modeled and you cannot model what you lack passion for. To earn that passion you have to go low enough to be a believer in what you hope to accomplish.
Not only to believe but to act. Not only to act but to persist till the world becomes a better place because you are here.
Passion is the fuel for your vehicle called purpose. It is the lubricant for your engine called persistence. Passion is also the driving force when the feeling of comfort and ease is long gone.
Are you willing to create a positive influence in the world? If your answer to that question is yes, I hereby close this letter with one request, ‘earn your passion.’