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You will never be successful without passion: Five steps to fire it up

Two weeks ago, I asked an audience filled with young professionals and entrepreneurs the question, “How many of you want to be successful?” The entire room raise their hands.

Then I asked the followup questions, “How badly do you want that success?”; “Are you willing to stake and sacrifice everything to achieve it?”; “Can you can honestly say that you are involved in or pursuing something that you are deeply passionate about?”

Half of the room gave me a surprised, thoughtful look.

Many people are in positions or pursuing endeavors that seem logical. Maybe it’s because of the money or the status that activity will bring them. There’s nothing wrong with that strategy, but what happens when you achieve that goal. How fulfilled will you feel? Do you possess enough passion toward your work, career or business to keep you there over the long haul?

I agree with the late Dr. Myles Munroe’s statement, “You will never be successful without passion. Passionate people are those who have discovered something more important than life itself.”

According to John Maxwell, leadership guru, these five steps below are necessary to fire up your passion


Listen to yourself

Too many people simply go through the motions every day. The demands of life cause them to make convenient choices, rather than heartfelt ones. But to tap into your passion, you have to know what you want. Look for clues. What excites you? What makes you dream? What makes your heart sing?

You’d think something as big as a life passion would be easy to identify, but often it’s not. Take some time to reflect on these questions:

1. If you inherited so much money that you would never have to work again, what would you do with your time?

2. What would you never give up because you love it so much?

3. What hobbies have you pursued over the years and why? These may be clues that will tell you something about yourself.

4. What are you naturally good at—so good that other people compliment you?

5. When others consult you for advice, what do they ask you about?

6. What are you curious about?

7. What do you do better than anything else?


Give it time

For some, it takes time (plus lots of quiet reflection and introspection) to zero in on the things that are at the core of their being. The same will be true for you. You don’t just find your passion. You have to pursue it. Most people are uncomfortable with things for which there is no blueprint. That is so true! But if you want something different from what you currently have, you need to move into uncharted territory.


Pay the price

Life is full of trade-offs. Understand that sacrifice and passion go hand in hand. There is a price to following your passion. I don’t know what your journey will charge you, but I know that there will be a cost. Prepare to pay it, and I promise that the expense will be worth it. Don’t allow fear to stop you from finding out either.


Become the best

Passion is vital to keep you going, but it’s not enough to earn a paycheck. People pay for excellence. You can have all the passion in the world, but if you don’t have the skill, you won’t be able to make your passion your profession. Look for ways to expand and fine-tune your skills – it is the key toward success.


Define success for yourself

There are many people who do not make a lot of money, but consider themselves a success. Why? Because they do what they love, and they do it with excellence. Hold yourself to the standard you set.

What does a passionate, fulfilled life look like?

Here is an important fact: When you are passionate about something, you are all-in. You spend countless hours thinking about the thing that drives you, allowing you to formulate new ideas, solve problems and strategize ways to build upon past efforts. Passionate people are persistent, and they are innovators.

Life’s too short to be bored and unfulfilled. You were not created to be mediocre. Find your passion and use it to light up your life. As Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living.”


Take action

If you love this article and you are unsure about your passion, purpose or vision, join my upcoming Passion, Purpose & Vision Masterclass beginning this October or arrange a free strategy session with me at For details, email me at


• Keshelle Davis is an authority in the areas of corporate, business and personal success training in The Bahamas. She is also an internationally recognized speaker and author. Her roles include executive director of the Chamber Institute, the education arm of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, president of Creative Wealth Bahamas and founder of The Training Authority. Keshelle was listed as The Nassau Guardian’s Top 40 under 40 for the 40th anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas. To comment on the article or join her list for free monthly training tips, email

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