“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate”. – Jon Bon Jovi

What’s your flavor? What’s your passion? Have you discovered it? Are you pursuing it fervently? Or you are yet to discover it?

I think most successful people around the world succeeded because they discovered what they were passionate about and followed that passion with fervor. Imagine if there was no passion, how Thomas Edison would have been able to go through with trying and failing thousands of times before he could succeed at invention of the light bulb as we know it now. That is probably why the Formula one champion, Michael Schumacher saidOnce something is a passion, the motivation is there”.

Famous authors like the Danielle Steeles, John Grishams Stephen Kings of this world would not have been able to churn out so much best-selling books without passion. I am sure of that because I know what it feels like. Sitting down over my computer to put one page together can sometimes be an uphill task. Some days, it is only the passion and urge to write that propels one to write at all.

Unfortunately, our Nigerian environment does not allow us to easily pursue our dreams and passions. But I know this is a very essential ingredient in our pursuit of happiness and must therefore be pursued at all costs. In Nigeria, you are fortunate to read a course of your choice because parents and the education system  connive most times to push you where you would rather not be. In the job market, insisting on following your passion might leave you jobless and penniless for years if care is not taken. But I’ve read about some great people like Harrison Ford who had to do odd jobs like carpentry before he had a break in acting which was his passion and look where that got him.

If following your passion cannot support you at the beginning, never mind, support yourself with whatever is at your disposal. In good time, you can devote your whole time to that passion. But NEVER allow it to die.

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you are passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” – Yo-yo Ma.

It will take you to heights you never even dreamed of.

Action and passion work hand in hand. The dreams you have must be acted out with your hands to turn it into reality. Donovan Bailey said,

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams”.

I have friends who are passionately following their dreams and they inspire me to dust mine and activate it too. I think surrounding oneself with such friends and acquaintances help a lot. Some are delving into areas quite opposite to what they studied in school. Lawyer going into fashion and design, scientist veering into show business, accountants turned beauty artists, all in pursuit of their passions, their happiness. What then is stopping you my friend? If you have not discovered your passion, find it, ask people to help you identify it.

Let us shut this down with the words of Barry Williams.

The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion”.