I have often felt that if one had to do something that person had to do it with dexterity. Like one of my former pastors by name Pastor Israel Olajumoke would say ‘be passionate in what you are doing.’
Passion makes someone approach a certain task differently from others. Gani Fawehinmi had a third class but he didn’t let that define him. He knew who he was and where he was going. That must have propelled him to become outstanding in his field.
Passionate people stand out from others. I would like to mention a few people in Nigeria who I perceive are passionate about what they do. There are a lot of them but I will to these few. Linda Ikeji is one person I cannot help but notice. She is always on top of her game while other bloggers are trying to catch up. She started with a desire to have a magazine and that desire has opened doors for her.
I want to ask you this simple question “what do you desire to become?” Many do not have a dream but a wish list. Have a dream and write it down. Make an effort to live your dream. Buy motivational books to aid you.
Attend a seminar, by all means keep moving. There is no day Linda Ikeji does not post on her blog, when others are resting she keeps at it. If you make out an hour a day in pursuing your passion , you will get nearer to where you hope to be.
Another passionate person is Bishop David Oyedepo. I remember him saying he studies for about 18hours in a day. Infact he was so passionate that even when the devil tried to distract him, he could not take Bishop Oyedepo’s focus away from his target.
When he started preaching, he was mocked at; when he said he kept on saying he can never be poor. People and preachers alike mocked when they saw him with his old volkswagen ,as he preached prosperity.
He had so much tenacity in his convictions ,that it pulled him towards his set goal. Today the story is different. There is nobody who cannot attest to the fact that he is a prosperity preacher. He has built schools, his church has one of the largest populations.
What is that dream you had while growing up which you have abandoned? You can pick it up again and dust it. The sky is your starting point. Don’t relent, have mentors in your field that will mentor you. I have a career mentor who stays in the U.S.
Do you have a mentor? Who is your role model? What books are you reading? Another person I know who is passionate in what he does is uncle JD. Jimmy Disu is his full name. The way he analyzes the news on classic fm is just amazing. He does it with so much dexterity. You see, there is a difference between having a job and being passionate. He is not just doing it as a job but he is passionate in what he is doing. I don’t know him personally but he is damn good. I would like to list 5 ways to be passionate in what you are doing:
1.Learn everything you can about your passion. If you want to really be passionate, then you have to be determined to learn everything there is to know about your passion and to continue to gain knowledge and know that there is always more to learn. Read all of the books, articles, and material that you can, take classes, read interviews, and do whatever you can to really feel like you have an understanding of what it means to succeed in your passion. Remember that your job is never done. There is always more to read, more to learn, and more to do. If you feel like you really know everything there is to know about your field, then you risk getting complacent. Subscribe to journals or relevant literature in your field so you are always getting the most up-to-date information about your passion.
2.Get advice and insight from other people in your field. Though you can learn a lot from reading or watching videos, there’s something to be said for getting more hands-on information from people who know their stuff. Whether you’re talking to an expert in your field or another person who shares your passion, you can always get more advice, insight, and a fresh perspective from the people around you. Don’t ever think you have all of the answers and always make an effort to hear others out. If you don’t know anyone in your field, ask other people if they can introduce you to people who can help you or email people to see if you can come in for an informational interview or just ask a few questions. You’ll find that most people are happy to share their insight, especially if it’s about something they care a lot about. Talking to more people in your field can also help open up your mind to the idea that there’s more than one way of doing things when it comes to your passion. This can help you approach your passion with a more nuance perspective.
3.Set goals and meet them. If you want to really be passionate, then you have to have a plan. Though you may think of passion as this crazy, wild, unbridled thing that can’t be curbed, if you’re really serious about carrying it through, then you should have a plan for how to succeed in realizing your dreams and furthering your passion. Create a series of little goals that lead up to a larger goal so you feel motivated to succeed along the way. Having a plan when it comes to your passion can help you articulate your dreams and give you a more concrete vision of what you need to do to make them happen. Plus, if you’ve written out all of your little goals, then you’ll feel more motivated to reach them and more driven to make things happen. If you only have a vague idea about how to be passionate, then it’ll be harder to proceed.
4.Have a daily routine that helps you follow your passion. If you really want to succeed at your passion, then you should have a routine that helps you do that. Of course, they say that passionate people wake up early, but many night owls do their best work in the evenings, so this may not apply to you. Find a routine that makes it possible for you to pursue your passion and to make the most of your time and abilities, and stick to it. Make a daily schedule for yourself. This will make it more likely that you’ll stick to a routine. For example, if you want to be a writer, set aside time to read and to write every single day, no matter how busy you are. Of course, it can’t all be hard work. You may have to plug in some “fun time” into your schedule too. Taking a break to relax from pursuing your passion can actually revitalize you and give you more energy to pursue your dreams. If you have a friend who is pursuing similar goals, you can schedule time to work together, if your passion isn’t a solo pursuit. This can help motivate you and make you feel accountable when the time comes to stick to your routine.
5.Take a stand. If you really love and care about something, then you can’t just keep it to yourself. If you recognize an injustice in the world, then you should make an effort to stand up against it, and to let the world at large see why this cause is important. Whether this means protesting, picketing a business you don’t agree with, respectfully telling your boss why a new company policy is not environmentally friendly, or boycotting something you don’t agree with, it’s important to stand up for what you’re passionate about if you really want to see it through. Sure, it may not always be easy to stand up for what you believe in or to go against popular opinion, but if you really do care about your cause, then you can’t just follow the path of least resistance all the time. You should be proud of yourself for going against what’s popular or right. Remind yourself that your cause or passion is bigger than you are and that you have to be willing to take a stand if you really do care.
Be a passionate person and live your dreams!
By:Uduak Otongaran. @cocosista15.com