It was a beautiful Friday morning last week here in Chicago. I took my cup of coffee and sat in my recliner looking out into the lush green yard. The squirrels were busy burying nuts for winter. A baby bunny scampered out from underneath the bushes to take in the warmth of the sun. And the birds were telling the neighborhood about the feast I have prepared for them around the house.
I picked up “Think And Grow Rich” and opened up to the chapter on desire. As I’ve mentioned before, Napoleon Hill’s classic is a book I make a point to read at least once every year. One of my early business mentors gave me a beautiful leather bound copy to encourage the practice. After all, more millionaires and billionaires have been created throughout the world from the principles in this book than from anything else.
As I picked up my cup to take a sip of coffee, a magnificent blue jay appeared on my feeder just outside the window. Mind you – blue jays are a rarity in my yard. In the 10 years I have lived here, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a blue jay. Stunning bird. And in a flash, he was gone.
People have told me that the cardinals appear when angels are near. I must have a lot of angels that stop by then. So, the thought crossed my mind – what do blue jays represent?
“The blue jay symbolizes qualities including resourcefulness, clarity, curiosity, intelligence, communication, and determination.” That’s interesting.
And then it hit me.
There is a distinct difference between passion and desire.
I, for one, have spoken quite often about the importance of fueling your passion. In fact, the vision of my business is to “Fuel Your Passion to Greatness.” I believed that it was my passion that drove me to achieve goals and create new opportunities that otherwise would not have been there. But that was wrong. Passion was a critical aspect, but it was desire that drove me to succeed.
Desire is deeply rooted in our thoughts. My core philosophy – “There are no limits, only choices.” – embodies the essence of who I am. There is no doubt in my mind that you can achieve anything in the world because there are no limits to the possibilities. Rather, you must make choices to gain clarity and focus to achieve.
Desire is the starting point of achievement, according to Napoleon Hill. When you choose a definitive goal and place all of your energy and will power toward achieving that goal, you are driving from a place of desire. It’s like a bigger vision. Not a S.M.A.R.T. goal. (See my previous article on goal setting to understand the difference.)
I see it clearly now. Years ago, when I decided that I wanted to pursue how to get paid to go racing, it was clearly a desire, not a passion. I poured all of my energy, focus, and determination into finding a way to get into professional motorsports. It took close to two years, but the vision became reality.
I have since moved on from racing into other business endeavors. However, the passion for motorsport still resides within me. The competition and strategy excites me. I maintain many of my relationships with the people I worked with during those years. It’s fun to see them persevere and win. This is passion. I love the sport, but the desire to re-engage professionally is not there now. I enjoy by living vicariously through others.
Did the blue jay show up to point out to me this clarity? Perhaps. It certainly made me curious to dive deeper into a concept that I thought I knew inside and out. But that disconnect to re-examine two very important motivators was important.
Passion is not enough to succeed in business. You must have overwhelming desire as well.
In my opinion, to ultimately be successful in anything you set out to achieve, you need both passion and desire. One without the other will leave gaps.
You may desire wealth, but how will you serve others to achieve that? Passion will guide you to who and how you are meant to serve.
You may be passionate to help an underserved segment of society, but how will you create a sustainable business model to support your work? Desire will guide you to seek out the right mentors and relationships to make that vision a reality.
Having both desire AND passion makes you unstoppable. Getting clarity requires you to remain curious and determined to succeed.
Funny how a blue jay and a classic book can open up a whole new perspective!
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