Passion Isn’t Enough

So what’s your passion?

Ah, another favorite question of mine.  I’ve had people ask me this many times. And every time, it makes me pause.  There’s not a quick answer, like – I’m passionate about teaching authentic leadership through impersonating Benjamin Franklin.  *I’ve actually had someone share this with me.*

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Even the Cymbal Player Gets Sheet Music

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When I was in the high school concert band, I really wanted to play the drums. But we had an awesome drummer already, his name was Rob Bell. Besides, I was a freshman so there was no way I was getting near that drum kit.

You had to pay your dues to work up to it.

So I started where most percussionists do. With the cymbals. Or wood block, triangle, and wind chimes. I’ve done it all. Never got to be the star of the show, but I was on the stage.  And I played my part as enthusiastically as I could.

Here’s what’s interesting to me: even though I was only playing a small part I still needed to see the sheet music.  All of it.

Even though my part didn’t come until measure 72, I needed to follow along from the beginning to make sure I was at the right place.  And even if my shining moment is only 6 quarter note cymbal crashes, if I mess up it everyone will notice.

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It’s Okay To Say I Don’t Know


I don’t like this response.

Especially with my kids.

“How did my iPad get 12 new Angry Bird apps?”

“I don’t know.”

“Why is your brother crying? And why is there a clump of hair in your hand?”

“I don’t know.”

Well if you don’t know, who will?

I find this is true with my clients and students as well.  When it’s time for advising, coaching, or training – we often find that people don’t know what they don’t know.

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You Can Ask the Universe

This is a great 1 minute clip of Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management.  Here’s the full video if you have 26 minutes.  Well worth your time.

Jim Carrey is a classic story of the incredible power of thinking big and dreaming big.

Fear is going to be a factor in your life, but you can control how big of a role it takes.

“So many of us choose our lives out of fear disguised as practicality.  What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe.   I’m saying, I’m the proof… that you can ask the universe for it.”

“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t think that was possible for him – so he made a conservative choice to be an accountant.  And when the company he worked for let him go, we struggled to survive.  I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

Figure out what is worth your time.

The purpose of his life was to free people from the concerns of their lives.

How will you serve the world?

What does the world need that your talent can provide?