Mr. Mike has some leadership lessons for us but more importantly, he has a Nugget Keyword too – Passion. Being a leader, a marketer, an entrepreneur, a professor, etc is not about luck. Stuff doesn’t just fall out of the sky. Hitting the lottery with a 1 in 500,000,000 chance does not accurately describe what we do or how we do it. It’s about passion – that singularity of focus, the unwavering effort, the never say die attitude about what you are passionate about.
How do you know if you are passionate about something? Does it keep you up at night? Do you think about it all the time? Do you talk to everyone about it? It’s a fire within you and you cannot put it out (nor would you want to).
John Maxwell, the author referenced below, is excellent and this book is an excellent read. Check out Mr. Mike’s words of wisdom below.
To: The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning
Georg Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher, wrote: “”Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” We have experienced this in our own life. Take a moment. Think of an event, situation or person that ignited a fire and passion within us to accomplish something beautiful and exciting. It is a wonderful and majestic happening – an inspiration of genius that moves us to action. John Maxwell in his book, Power of Passion, shares four truths about passion:
Passion is the first step in achievement – the greater the fire, the greater the movement forward
Passion increases your willpower – the stronger the desire to achieve something, the stronger becomes the willpower to drive it forward
Passion changes you – it energizes all of you – the mind, body, heart and soul; its embers heighten our awareness to life
Passion makes the impossible possible – you see new potential in yourself and others; boundaries disappear or become irrelevant; new possibilities emerge
Passion moves, strengthens, changes and inspires, taking us and those we touch to new levels of performance and personal fulfillment. Luisa Sigea, author, wrote: “Blaze with the fire that is never extinguished.” May your week be filled with this fire, with the passion that drives you to reach your fullest potential. If the embers are low, rekindle them. Recall your dreams – the things that you love, what excites you, your life’s purpose. In everything that you do or think, bring your passion to life. Let its fire burn brightly so people see it in your eyes and on your face, hear it in your words and feel it in your energy and enthusiasm. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and have fun doing it.
Have a beautiful day and an incredibly passionate week!!!
Michael M. Reuter
Director, Center for Leadership Development
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University
Tel: (Office) 973.275.2528; (Mobile) 908.419.6060