Something so rare. Something not many have.
I have the utmost respect for those who remain true to their passion. Their light does not disappear because of the arrogance or jealousy of others.
With the mundane day to day routines of life, what are you passionate about? What keeps you motivated? What sets a fire in your belly when you speak about it?
Art. Music. Writing. Film making. Photography. There are so many overlooked professions that do not get the recognition they deserve. As kids, we are told that attending college is important and it is what will jump start our careers. Professions like being a doctor, lawyer, or engineer are all noble pursuits. But, what about those movies you love to watch or those books you love to read? It all started with passion. There are so many people behind the scenes who went into creating that movie or that book. Those books you love to read over and over again, there was a writer sitting behind a computer who started with merely an idea. The music you enjoy listening to, there was a musician who spent hours upon hours getting the song just right. However, all of these professions consist of learning how to adjust to failure and being able to stay true to yourself, despite people belittling your craft.
No one can take your passion from you. That is what sets you apart from the rest of the herd.
I just finished reading Ronda Rousey’s book, and for those of you who do not know who she is, she was the woman who paved the way for women to compete in the UFC, the world of mixed martial arts. She was the former Bantamweight Women’s Champion. Not to go into too much detail, but there was one thing, one thing that she consistently repeated throughout her chapters. She believed in her craft. She believed she could make it to the top, despite the naysayers telling her she was crazy. It was so motivational. If you read her book, you will quickly learn that she started from scratch. But, through all those hardships and failures, she still had that passion.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” ~ A Bronx Tale
Do not allow the opinions of others deter you from pursuing your dream. Believe in your craft even when others do not.