Posts Tagged ‘passion’

“At its heart, business is not about formality, or winning, or ‘the bottom line,’  or profit, or trade, or commerce, or any of the things the business books tell you it’s about. Business is what concerns us. If you care about something enough to do something  about it, you’re in business…”

Richard Branson, Business Stripped Bare

Does the idea of spending your time each day doing something about the concerns you have seem almost like a dream world? I often wonder if people don’t give themselves permission to live their life doing something they care about. I wonder what holds them back from pursuing those things and being rewarded financially for making the world a better place.

At this point in my life, I have been on a journey to LIVE each day pursuing my dreams. This process has challenged me to uncover what matters the most to me, what impact do I want to have in this world, and what is holding me back. The revelations of my search have uncovered a very significant issue that I needed to be address.

The big issue I uncovered came after reading T. Harv Eker’s book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.  One of the steps in the process of having a millionaire mindset is to uncover what you have learned from your family and your environment growing up about money. Many times, what you learn growing up or from your environment is what is limiting you from acquiring wealth. While I know the influence my family had on me is a primary source, the more significant influence came from my time spent in ministry.

The following verses have probably had the most impact on shaping my mindset regarding wealth. Mind you, these verses I memorized and became a part of me very early on in my college years.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

“But you, man of God, flee from all of this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”

I Timothy 6:6-11, TNIV

Those words are hard to erase from the etchings they made on my soul and mind. Those words have shaped my views on money and influence me on a subconscious level.

I accepted a poverty mindset of being content with just food and clothing. It has imposed upon me to look negatively at riches because look at all the evil just waiting to cause harm and destruction upon my life if I desire to have wealth. So in my time spent in ministry, I never asked for more even when I only had $20 a week for groceries, no money to pay for visits to the doctor, dentist, and optometrist, because a “godly man” was content with poverty.

As I live out my dream to inspire one million people to dream BIG and LIVE their dream, I need to overcome this barrier. I need to recognize that it is okay to earn my living that goes beyond food and clothing while helping others achieve their dreams. I need to internalize this passion within me as an honorable goal and to use my wealth to further my passion.

So I ask you, what is holding you back? What is keeping you from doing what you want to do? All I want to do is make a positive difference in the world. When that is all you want to do, its business.


When the circumstances scream “IMPOSSIBLE,” the level of determination can prove otherwise.

You and I both have read, shared, and rallied behind different motivational statements to encourage us to reach for our dreams, our destiny, our goals.  You and I both know we have the same hours in the day as the richest and most successful people in our world. You and I both understand we are given an opportunity each day to do something that will turn our ordinary lives into an extraordinary life.  What then is the key motivator that will inspire us to rise above our current situation?


This is one thing that can not come from someone else. It has to come from within you. The deeper and stronger the determination, the more likely you will succeed and push beyond your original goal.

Each person’s level of determination will flow out of different motivations. Perhaps it is a desire to show someone up who told you, “You can’t do it.” Maybe you hit rock bottom and don’t ever want to go back to that place. There are those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You may just want something so bad that you will not stop until you get it.

A dream will only be a dream and a goal will only be a goal if you don’t have the determination to make them happen. When obstacles present themselves, and they will, this inner fire is what will help you push past, go around, or blow the obstacle up that stands in your way. Search within yourself and find that passion, that sheer driving force of will that won’t be denied. Then, you will move past the majority of people and truly LIVE your dream!

As I write this post, the last Go-Giver Retreat is taking place in Florida. Even though I wasn’t able to go, I am following along  with the group there with Twitter (#tggr if you want to follow along too). I thought I would share some thoughts the speakers are presenting.

Your life is the way you want it to be, or you’d change it.” ~ @larrywinget

That statement packs a punch! Take a look at your life right now: Are you living the life you want? It is the life you have chosen. If you want something different, you have to begin to make the changes necessary.

“The number 1 reason for non-performance is that people feel they don’t matter.” ~ @DondiScumaci

I’ve been in that position where I felt I didn’t matter and it does take away from your wanting to perform at your maximum level. What is the point? Make sure people know they do matter.

“Passion is a load of crap… people can be passionately incompetent”

“Passion is NOT the key to success. Hard work and excellence are the keys to success.” ~ @larrywinget

Have you encountered someone who was very passionate about something, yet, dead wrong? Being passionate is great and will certainly get you farther than no passion, but success does come down to hard work and excellence.

The ideas are going to be flowing over the next couple of days. Follow along for more great insights.

“If you truly, passionately, want to create huge success on every level, if you want to earn major income and create financial freedom for yourself and live a hugely happy and fulfilled life at the same time, five key elements have to be in place. We call them the “Five Musts” of major success:

  • You must find something that stirs your soul.
  • You must become excellent at it.
  • You must recondition your mind to believe you can have it and achieve it.
  • You must understand how to make money at it.
  • You must take daily action.”

John Assaraf & Murray Smith,The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

There are times when a thought pushes its way to front and won’t let go until it is shared. Today’s post is one of those times where the mind is pushing forward one idea. Confirmation came when I opened up the book, The Answer, to the page where the quote above originates. This particular list summarizes what has been circulating in my head the last few days.

I want to share a bit of my story as it relates to having the “Five Musts” in my life. Let me take you back to the summer of 2006 which was a life-changing time for me. We had just started a new church in the St. Louis area 9 months prior and the direction it was going was the opposite of a traditional church. We came to the decision to become an organic community with no paid leaders and have an informal leadership structure. Up to this point in time, my “calling” in life was to be a paid minister (or so was the norm for someone with a “calling”). So when I started to move toward a new way of thinking, I began the search for meaningful work to pay the bills.

In the subsequent years, I searched for something to satisfy my true calling which was buried within me waiting to be uncovered. Through trial and error, I tried numerous things to create income for our family. Some things provided enough, while others sprang up and disappeared in weeks. Each opportunity was teaching me more about myself and leading me to the first “Must,” something to stir my soul.

The year 2011 was when I rediscovered my soul-stirring passion. This passion was something I had been practicing, developing, and mastering since I was 16 years old. I already had the drive to become excellent in this area. It was now a matter of finding a means to make money doing what I had always loved doing.

The key component I have been adding to the mix over the last six months is the reconditioning of my mind to believe I can achieve it. It was easy to do when there was a salaried position available. However, now that I am creating a business to market this skill set, I need to condition my mind to believe I can make money doing what I am passionate about.

What’s next?  I must take action today to bring me one step closer to “major success” or “stratospheric success.”* Tomorrow, I need to take another step. Each and every day thereafter,  taking one more step to making an impact in the world and LIVING my dream.

I would encourage you to examine these “Five Musts” and ask yourself, “Do I have these “Five Musts” in place? Take a step today toward your success by having these elements in your life. When you do, you will be one step closer to LIVING your dream.


*The idea of Stratospheric success comes fromThe Go-Giver, by Bob Burg & John David Mann.

“Feed your passion and it will feed you.” 

Dixie “Dynamite” Gillaspie

Dixie Gillaspie, my entrepreneurial coach, has a deck of cards printed with inspirational words of encouragement for those who want to live their dreams.  This particular one is posted in front of my desk as a daily reminder to feed my passion.

I have chosen to feed my passion three meals a day as the opportunity to do so has presented itself in my life. For those who don’t have that opportunity now, perhaps a regular midnight snack would be a fitting place to start. Throw in a lunch with someone who has a similar passion once a week, and soon your passion will grow and want more. In time, it will start rewarding you with dessert and your passion may become your bread and butter.

Have you fed your passion today?

“Feed your passion and it will feed you.”

Dream BIG and LIVE your dream!

When you wake up in the morning, are you filled with passion? Does the day before you get you excited? Are you doing what you love to do? The level of success you will achieve is influenced by the passion, energy, and enthusiasm you have for what you are doing.

What success looks like for you will be different from my view of success. For some, success may be wrapped up in a career goal or a monetary goal. Your success might be doing what you love to do regardless of any monetary goal. To live life with passion doing what you love is more than success, it is the fulfillment of LIVING your dream, your purpose.

“I read in many inspirational and self-help-type books that we should work hard so as to earn the right to retire young and enjoy ‘free time.’ By following my strongest desires and seeking my greatest goals, I have created an environment filled with joy that free time and my work time are the same.”

Monty Roberts, author of “The Man Who Listens to Horses”

I spent the last several years trying to find this place in my life, the place where free time and work go together. The excitement and enthusiasm I have had over the last month as I am in pursuit of that place has been noticed by my wife. She told me that she had not seen me “giddy” like this over any of the other ideas I have tried or places I have worked. I have stepped out to pursue my passion and I am pursuing my journey of success by helping others LIVE their dream.

Have you discovered what your passion is? If you had just been given 10 million dollars, what would you do with your day after buying all the toys, building the mansion, and traveling to the places you want to see? Would you continue doing what you are doing now or would you do something totally different?

Successful people would do what they do for free because they are LIVING their dreams. Successful people have just found ways of getting paid to do what they love. What do you need to do to LIVE your dream? Do you need to discover your what your passion really is? Is there a skill you need to develop? Do you need to start part-time or volunteer some place while you get things in place? Begin to take action today. Don’t let another day go by living someone else’s dream. Take a step toward LIVING your dream.


(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)

Recently, I went through a time of enlightenment on what really lights my fire.  For the first time in a long while, I have a single focus.  By uncovering what really lights my fire and ignites my passion, I am able to move forward with purpose. I have a frame of reference to work from that gives me direction.

Yet, as you may have experienced in your own pursuits, distractions come.  Good things and bad things that want to take your eyes off your focal point.  The challenge is to keep your eye on the prize.

What are some things you do to stay focused?  How do you handle distractions?