“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It’s ironic how something so simple can make one feel both inspired and inadequate, all at the same time.
Twenty-four hours in a day, 365 days in a year. The same amount of time in a day, as the people who have achieved great and wonderous things in their lives. Yet, here I sit, staring at a blank template, unable to even get a simple blog entry written, let alone produce anything that would make a difference in the world.
Perhaps, it’s not so much the time that we have but, the ideas? Or, maybe, the lack of ideas are a symptom of a lack of passion?
Steve Jobs was quoted as saying,
“It’s hard to tell with these Internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.”
How true it is that if you don’t have passion, you’ll give up. My grandmother used to say, “You’ve got to want it so bad that you can taste it.” While I’ve never understood how that idiom got started or how it is that you could taste something you wanted badly, the point was there. We need passion towards something to make it happen fully.
Did Hellen Keller, Mother Theresa, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein all have a passion to achieve some greatness or, were they simply following a passion and achieved greatness in the process?
Helen Keller (seated) with teacher, Anne Sullivan
Passion may be passion but, the end results are not always what drove that passion in the first place nor, will they all achieve greatness, wealth or even benefit mankind or the world.
Keller, Mother Theresa, Michaelangelo and the others mentioned never became wealthy from their work. They lived, meagre, modest lives, some of the time, in great poverty. They all seem to have followed an idea, sparked by an interest within them. They then, became driven to go further with it. It’s doubtful that any of them had the intention in mind to become wealthy from their passions. It was an inward pull that created a pull towards furthering their knowledge or achieving more with their work. The fact that it helped others in the process seems as though it was merely a bonus for the most part.
Few of us will achieve greatness within our lives. Most of us will have smaller, less reknowned fame than the greats of this world but, if we set out with a passion, work at it and continue on with only the passion in mind, one can only speculate that greatness can be achieved in some form or another.
The bottom line to all of this is to find our passions and follow them. That may be the hardest of all…finding it.
Have you found yours yet?