October 22, 2017

Money is No Object When Passion is Your Currency

By Catherine B. Eagan

Catherine On Money 1Have you ever wondered what billionaires Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, have in common with you? It’s an exciting possibility. You may say it’s definitely not the fame or the fortune. So what is? Each of us has been given a slice of divine brilliance that when uncovered, developed, and applied has enormous compensating rewards. It’s called a ruling passion.

Your ruling passion is the ruling or governing desires and convictions in your heart. It is an intense, driving, and overwhelming sense. It is a deep-seated interest, which causes an energetic pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause. It is the subject or cause for which you feel passionate. It causes your juices to flow. It excites you and commands your utmost attention. It might be a wrong you feel compelled to right. It can ignite your anger or stimulate your most important interest. You must learn your ruling passion and follow it.

Most people a live life null and void of passion without fulfilling their personal greatness. In a recent Gallup poll, research indicated that over 70% of working people are dissatisfied with their jobs or careers. It’s no wonder that customer service is such a problem in society today. If people herald Blue Monday, Hump Wednesday, and Thank God It’s Friday then clearly their passion is misplaced.

Ruling Passion and Your Career Choice

What Oprah, Bill, and Warren understand is that career decisions should be governed by your ruling passion. Selecting an occupation that you are passionate about enables you to excel at unparalleled levels. This is why identifying and pursuing your passion is key. If obstacles are encountered, they can’t side track or deter you from achieving your best.

What Awakens your Ruling Passion?

Seeing others do what you love to do gives rise to the passion. You may even say “I can do that” or “I can do that better than them.” I remember while in graduate school at Harvard University I met Del Meriwether a world-class athlete and medical doctor. He said he was watching the Olympics Track and Field Games on TV and decided at age 30 “I can do that.” He decided to train and run the 100-yard dash. He not only beat impossible odds but also qualified in the 1971 Pan American Games for the 100-yard dash, set a world record, and won a bronze metal! Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1972 he was dubbed The amazing Dr. Meriwether. Your ruling passion is often ignited when you see someone else doing what you are gifted and talented to do. What’s amazing about you?

Have the Courage to Follow Your Passion

My husband often tells the story of his college roommate who had always been musically inclined but attended the University of Michigan as a pre-med student. Because of his love of music, he decided to take his courses in the music school. He loved it and wanted to pursue the music curriculum, but his parents urged him to become a doctor. Therefore, he continued taking courses in both areas and struggled with what to do. He knew he had a burning passion to play music. He knew if he became a doctor that he would only be doing it to please his parents. Therefore, after a period he decided to change his major because music was his ruling passion. His parents wisely supported him in it. Eventually, he married and he and his wife formed a duet. For many years, they have performed all over the world and have been highly successful. They cannot imagine doing anything else. It takes courage and honesty to pursue your passion.

Identifying Your Ruling Passion

Each one of you has gifts, talents, and natural abilities. When they are developed and fueled by your passion success is inevitable. A clue to determining your passion is the ease and confidence with which you pursue your life work.

Your ruling passion could be:

• The Arts

• Entrepreneurship

• Meeting the needs of the poor and down trodden

• Music

• Religion

• Politics

• Entertaining people

• Teaching

• Homemaking

• Investing

• Helping the sick to be healed (healthcare)

• Improving the Environment

• Making people laugh

• Saving lives

• Inventing

In this short list, there are thousands of careers or life pursuits, which can be undertaken with joy, excitement, and fulfillment. Ask yourself the following questions to unravel you ruling passion.

1. If all of your financial obligations were met and you had an unlimited supply of money, what would you do for work? What problem would you try to solve? Whom would you help? What contribution would you make to society? What type of legacy would you like to create?

2. What are your deepest heartfelt dreams that you would like to fulfill in your lifetime?

3. What can you do today and everyday to fulfill your destiny and receive the accolades, The Amazing _____? You fill in the blank.

Money Is No Object When Passion is Your Currency

Hundreds of thousands of people have used their ruling passion as their currency. Look at every rags to riches story they are all fueled by courage and sheer ruling passion to make a difference with their gift. All you have to do is read the Horatio Alger Association’s list of Americans who have received the award for outstanding achievements in spite of adversity. The list includes such notables as Mary Kay, Ray Kroc, Joe Dudley, Thurgood Marshall, Boone Pickens, Oprah Winfrey, and a host of others. Read their life challenges to encourage yourself.