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Vision Leads, Passion Drives

Stephen Covey says, “begin with the end in mind“. There’s little to argue with this point; to successfully build something, we must first have a vision of what we want to build. Although having a great vision is crucial I believe there is another equally compelling ingredient for success – passion.

Never underestimate the power of passion.” – Eve Sawyer

Passion undoubtedly drives vision. What would a vision be if there was no passion to drive your vision? And what if there were no passion to help us overcome whatever it is that keeps us oblivious to the risks we take as entrepreneurs. Without passion, your vision will have no energy. It will be hollow, meaningless.

…if you cannot put your heart into it, take yourself out of it.

Passion provides the drive for not just vision. It drives your confidence. When you are passionate, you are an attentive student, and attentive students learn at an increased rate. Passion breeds confidence swiftly and surely.

Leadership is not they who hold the baton, it is they who encourage a symphony.

Passion also drives leadership. Leadership to find the talent to fulfill that which you can only dream and direct, not that which you can build alone.

Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.” – Joss Whedon

Passion drives purpose. Highly successful teams like Disney and Apple thought they were on a mission from god. Purpose makes your vision meaningful. Warren Bennis’ book, “Organizing Genius”, details why some people just work together, and others collaborate for extraordinary achievement. We long for meaning, and passion has meaning.

Don’t be afraid to dance in the streets. Be yourself, be bold and dream.

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” Angela Monet

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