My wife and I often talk about how fortunate we feel to have careers that are built upon our passions. As the cliche goes, do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life.
Certainly, Wende and I are fortunate. We were able to make our passions our vocations, and create the lives we wanted to lead. I also know that is not possible for everyone. But, having passion is not only possible in everyone's life, but, I would argue, it is essential. Our passion is the essential fuel which drives us forward in our lives, and helps ensure that we don't, as Henry David Thoreau once said, come to the time of our deaths and find that we never fully lived.
So, for today's Thursday Thought, some of my favorite quotes about finding that passion, that burning flame, inside yourself, whether it be your vocation, your hobby, your family, or whatever. Find it, and let it drive your life forward.
A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.
- Thomas Carlyle
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus
Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. You may never reach the summit; for that you will be forgiven. But if you don’t make at least one serious attempt to get above the snow-line, years later you will find yourself lying on your deathbed, and all you will feel is emptiness.
- Huch Macleod
Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.
- Abraham Lincoln
Those who do not create the future they want must endure the future they get.- Draper L. Kaufman, Jr.
The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
- Malcolm S. Forbes
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
- W.H. Murray