By John Geha, CEO
A few days ago, I posted a question on Facebook… Do you have passion? A few of my friends responded with unequivocal Yes!
Let us discuss passion, first I would like to share an excerpt from an article I wrote Sept. 18, 2020.
09/18/2000 – “My upbringing as well as my strong belief in God has helped define my personal life and the path that I have taken in how I treat people.”
“I was taught at a very young age to treat all with equal value. Regardless of race, origin, religion, orientation, affiliation, title, or income. We are all created as perfect human beings…simply perfection! Therefore we (any of us) do not have the right to disrespect or show dominance over others.”
“This has helped in my personal and career growth over the last 40+ years in business. I like my life, who I am, and who I have become, we cannot change the past, but we can change the future. I have grown to love my life without concerns of what others have that I may not, knowing I have no real need for materialism. With this growth it has allowed me to be accepting, empathetic and passionate towards others.”
“Passion” … how do we capture passion for life and work? We start with a solid foundation and exercise for growth, both personal and business that begins with a candid exercise of knowledge:
Step one: List all your accomplishment’s from as far back as you can remember. Because you are reading this today, you have many accomplishments in your life. Defining an accomplishment often is misunderstood, it could be as simple as learning to ride a bike, graduating from high school to obtaining your first job, but an accomplishment can also be surviving a death, divorce, loss of a job…you see, when you go through a very difficult time in life and you are here today you have accomplished a great deal in life. So, write down everything you absolutely accomplished and do not hold back.
Step two: What skills did you use to make your accomplishments happen? Everyone has a skill set they rely on; knowledge, experience, drive, empathy, sympathy, listening and beyond. Something within you drove your skills to succeed. What are they?
Step three: Take your skills, talents, knowledge, strengths, and accomplishments, how do you transfer all of this to your clients, colleague’s family, and friends. How do we benefit from who You are, how do we benefit from Your “Passion”?
Step four: Think back as far as you are able, as a child, teenager, young adult and who you are today, what trigger points, turning points in your life brought you where you are today. What caused the direction or changed your direction pointing you toward your path of success. Tough exercise but absolutely worth the journey!
Back to passion: I hope you now see passion does not happen because we say we have passion, it comes to us when we first believe in who we are, like who we are and know everything about ourselves and have a clear understanding that we are all perfect. Once you have this, you have passion. Once we have all of this, we begin to celebrate and join each other in a world of equality, tolerance, empathy, sympathy, and acceptance.