In this Life Lesson we discuss how great leaders are passionate about their purpose. What is your passion?
Hi, and welcome to another Life Lesson Message We’re talking about leaders. And the traits of great leaders throughout time talked about the fact that leaders dream big dreams. That they work hard. Not afraid of hard work. The fact that they don’t quit on themselves, but they quit on things. Today we’re going to be talking about passion. Every great leader that I have known or throughout the worlds history They’re passionate about what they do. They’re passionate about their life work they know that they were born to do something great. And they keep searching for it until they find it. There’s a lot of great quotes on passion. Some of my favorites are; well this one from Nelson Mandela “There is no passion to found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” And Thomas Edison said, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”
In the 1990’s, I spent a lot of time with Dennis Whitely. We traveled around the world quite a few times. And from Dennis, I first heard the saying “Chase your passion, not your pension. And if you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I like that I think of some of the great passionate leaders in the worlds history I think of for example, John F. Kennedy when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” And how he valued service. in those words. I think of Ronald Reagan was he passionate about liberty and free enterprise and democracy more than communism? of course he was. He was a passionate man. You saw it come out of every fiber of his being. When you think of Mother Theresa, and you see a woman who was passionate in serving and spending her life sharing with those who are less fortunate? I certainly do. I know that in my own life, the things that I’ve been passionate about are the things I’ve been successful at. I think about that Eagle Scout. I was passionate about going to Disneyland. And by earning that Eagle Scout, I was passionate about running a marathon. And so that drove me. It was the fuel that I put on the fire. I was passionate about building a company.
So I would ask you, “What are you passionate about?” What were you born to do? What must you accomplish when you’re still on the earth? So my call to action for you today is to write that down. I want to know what your passionate about. You know, I was chasing money instead of my passion. I graduated from college I’ve had 12 careers because I wanted to find out what I was great at doing, which reminds me of what Steve Job said. He said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do,” And I love this quote from Bishop T. D. Jakes. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.
For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” A lot of life is determining what your purpose and passion is. So if you’re not crystal clear on that right now, it’s ok. But I encourage you to talk to people who know you best. And say, “what do you think I’m the best at?” “Where do you see my passion coming from?” For me, like I said I tried a lot of different things. I went to work for some large corporations and I was miserable. And I left. I told you the story about my mother calling me saying “Dallin, when are you going to find something and stick with it?” And I said “When I find what I was born to do, mom.” Or in other words, what I passionate about doing. And I found that. it took me, it was a journey. But I found it in networking, and what I found in networking it satisfied my passion. I was passionate about freedom and networking allowed that for me. I knew that if I worked hard enough, that I was eventually be able to do have time freedom and do the things that I love to do. For example, last week; we took our kids and grandkids and our sons and daughters in-law and took them on a Disney cruise and we had a great time creating memories.
I was passionate about networking Not so much by the product, as I was about the outcome. It was a means to an end So I was passionate about time freedom. I was passionate about generating financial freedom so I had choices in my life. to be able to go where I wanted to go and be able to spend time with whomever I wanted to spend time with. and I was passionate about relationships and making a difference. and that’s why I chose this profession. So again I ask you, what are you passionate about? So, I’ll end this life message today by once again encouraging you to get crystal clear on what your passion is in life so you’re spending your energy working towards that end.
Don’t spend your time going around and around staying busy but never really accomplishing anything. It was your life. Determine what you are passionate about doing. If you’re doing something isn’t working for you right now, quit on those things and move towards your purpose in life and your passion. So my call to action today is for you to get crystal clear on that and I want you to share that with me. Because until you share that with someone It’s just a wish or fantasy. or a dream, so commit it to writing. And share it with me you can send it to my Facebook, I can be found at Facebook.com/DallinA.Larsen or my website of course is dallinlarsen.com So that’s my message for you today, all great leaders are passionate about their life story. What are you passionate about? Find your purpose.