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Good Thursday morning to you, my friends! I'm quite excited about this blog today because we're going to be discussing loving what we do.
"Passion Projects" are what people encourage others to pursue aside from their careers. To "foster your well-being by doing something that lights you up." If you're in engineering and want to write an autobiography: passion project. If you grew up loving to paint but currently work in retail: passion project.
Anything that calms you or gives you joy away from your daily activities could be considered a passion project.
However, in my opinion, we should be passionate about what we do – side project or not. Shouldn't we?
Granted, I'm not passionate about vacuuming my living room or going grocery shopping, but that's not exactly what I mean. I mean: we should do something special every day that drives us crazy with excitement.
Ever hear the phrase "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life"? That's in the same vein of what I mean. Allow me to expand...
When I sit down to write these blogs or the stories for straps, sometimes I sit here for minutes at a time, staring at my computer screen, tapping away at the keyboard without hitting a single key. Craving motivation. Seeking ideas about what I want to say.
Our level of motivation affects how well we perform in our work. You can usually tell when someone is extremely motivated to do something – their work becomes a mirror of their passion. If someone's excited about their work, the work is exciting for an outsider. If they're not, it's lacking... that something.
Motivation seeps into everything we do. How we treat our job, our relationships with loved ones and strangers, our bodies and health, etc.
"I don't feel like doing this right now."
"I could drive 30 minutes to see them, but I'd really rather catch up on Netflix."
"Ugh, the gym is so far..."
When we feel motivated, we feel passion. We have drive. We want to do something, say something, be something. When we don't feel that enthusiasm, it just doesn't seem worth doing, does it?
And why spend time doing something you don't enjoy when you could be focusing your efforts on what you do love?
When we start focusing on things that bring us joy, we find that not doing them drives us a little crazy. AND, when we are doing them, we're crazy with inspiration.
That's why I think it's so important that we love what we do. Doing something meaningful to us can change our perception of work in such a powerful way. Tasks go from being something you dread to something you look forward to completing.
When you enjoy what you're doing, you're more likely to continue to commit to seeing it through.
The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. -Neil deGrasse Tyson
I'm not saying to quit your job (that is your choice if you see fit), but I'm saying to find ways to improve what you're doing by making it into something you love. Something you find joy in.
Which brings me to our Spotlight strap today from artist Hitoshi Tamori.Here's a note from Hitoshi:
Crazy Enthusiasm is implying a certain emotional state when you are so focused on doing something passionately, crazily, enthusiastically, or selflessly, you deeply/directly dive into the subject you are facing. Whenever I get into my ZONE, in some cases like doing certain artwork or trying to be completely artistic, I find myself talking, "Never be satisfied with just being good. Go crazy to do more than your best.”
Then after I finish my work with Crazy Enthusiastic moments, come back to myself, sometimes I'd be surprised seeing the work that I've just finished, which looks wonderfully gorgeous and thrills me, much better than I originally expected, to say, "What is this? Who did this crazy (means too good for me) work?" Sometimes this happens when I use my Crazy Enthusiasm function.
This is some of my backstory. I hope this helps you to better understand what it is. : )
Let your passion drive you wild. What's holding you back?
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