Friday, May 26, 2006

Who Wants to Be Rich and Happy?

Gorgeous and I are having a bit of a rough week. I guess you could say we’re on a passion search.

Don’t get me wrong. We got no problem with our passion, if you know what I mean. But that’s not what I’m talking about. (Besides, this is not that kind of blog. Sheesh!)

We’ve been asking ourselves lots of questions.
  • If money were no object what do you want to do?
  • If you could set aside all the things you have to do and had all the time in the world, what would you want to do?
  • What do you find yourself thinking about when your mind wanders?
Asking those sorts of questions helps refine what your passion really is.

Liz Strauss over at Successful-Blog some advice for folks who are searching to figure out what their passion really is
If you’re after an answer to that question, here’s how to spot something that’s your passion.

You have a passion, if what you are thinking about is
  1. a pastime or idea you’ve been interested in from the minute you encountered it.
  2. a pastime or idea you talk about, read about, and write about even when you don’t have to.
  3. a pastime or idea other people know that you know a lot about.
  4. a pastime or idea you would miss sorely if you had to give it up.
  5. a pastime or idea that energizes you when you get to share it with others.
What does it matter what your passion is? Why bother answering these tough questions?

Well it turns out you are likely to be more successful throughout life if you allow yourself to work at something you are passionate about. Curt Rosengren says passion will fuel your success and he tells us why.
Passion is a renewable resource. Doing work that comes from the heart of who you are and what you're drawn to energizes you. And that is energy you can put into doing the hard work of success.

Success in your career doesn't come with a snap of the fingers. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes commitment. Above all, it takes the energy and inspiration to make it all happen.
Curt feels so strongly about the subject that he calls himself a Passion Catalyst and has made his own career out of helping others figure out their passions.

But here’s the best part about finding your passion and letting yourself focus there. Not only are you likely to make more money because passion pays, but you will be happier too.

Again Curt tells us that to Focus on Money, Prestige, Success is a Recipe for Unhappiness.

So there you have it. Finding your passion can make you rich and happy. And now you’ve even got some pointers on how to get started working out what your passion really is.

All and all a good day.


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ME Strauss said...

Great post, Chris. I find the best way to be happy is to let it sneak up on YOU.

Chris Cree said...

Yeah, Liz. But for some of us control freaks simply allowing happiness to sneak up on us can be a challenge!

Big Ear Creations said...

The thing that I'm discovering is, that at any time, we CAN actually do anything we choose to. All things are possible, and God takes care of the birds (and says that we're better than the birds), so whatever it is that he carves out for our spirit... there litterally is nothing stopping it from happenning... except us. Our perceptions of reality confuse our spirit that is crying out for freedom!

Rick said...

hi, chris - good stuff. i'm with liz and big ear :) - choosing to be happy or passionate at any given time, and maybe it's trusting God to "sneak up on you" for those re-filling refreshing times. something like that.


Chris Cree said...

Would you guys say it's like a buffet?

You can have anything you want as long as it is from the buffet?

And if it is not on the buffet table you better steer clear...