“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
While the above quote is very apt in our day to day lives, the big question is “What is Enthusiasm?” The advanced English Dictionary defines enthusiasm as “a feeling of excitement and a lively interest.” Furthermore, the word ‘enthusiasm’ has synonyms such as fire, gusto, passion and zeal among others. That is why motivational speakers commonly advise individuals to do something they are passionate about. However, as Kunle Sorinyan, a life coach, asserted, not all passions are commercially viable. For example, your passion may be watching football, but, sitting down to watch football all day long might not be an economically viable idea, unless you own the sports bar. Consequently, the right counsel for entrepreneurs or prospective ones should be, “be passionate about what you do
.” Here is where lots of people have a challenge; they think passion is inborn, but I beg to disagree. I dare say, you are passionate about what you have given time and attention to. For instance, I disliked boxing while growing up, because I thought it was uninteresting watching two men jogging around the ring, and throwing occasional punches at themselves. Nevertheless, during my first year of military training, it was compulsory to participate in boxing. Then, I gave my attention to the sport; I paid attention to the foot work, body movement and hand guard. Decades later, I won’t say I’m a good boxer, but like most football fans I love watching boxing and I can surely, analyse the game. Therefore, one can safely argue that passion follows attention; you become passionate about what you give attention to. Give your time and attention to what you do. Study hard to understand your job or business venture until you become passionate about it. Get some encouragement from the prospect of being at the top in your field or career or the attendant financial reward. Never let these encouragements be the focus, but let them encourage your passion. Finally, read books on those who have succeeded in the path you have chosen and like Paul said to Timothy, “Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.” (1 Tim 4:15 NLT). When you become consumed by passion, then, even failure can’t stop you going at it again. Looking forward to seeing your progress in that venture or on that job!
BI Empowerment team