Monday, August 13, 2007

How Having a Passion Can Save Your Life

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When I first started Adversity University a little over a year ago, I touched on the topic of having a passion for life, for the work that we do and how important it is to our overall well being. Because then otherwise, what's the point? How else can we truly be happy, productive and authentic human beings if we hate our jobs or whatever it is that we do on a daily basis?

We often discover, mostly by trial and error, that it's up to us to find and nurture our innermost passions and the only way we can do that is by taking action toward that end. Taking small steps (or big steps if you have the courage to do so) will unlock the wheels and get you rolling in the direction you were meant to go. It takes courage to do that. A lot of courage.

This morning I stumbled on to a bone-chilling story that is an absolute must-read for everyone. It is about a man who counted himself among thousands of listless, unsmiling faces on the commuter train, going to and from a job he had absolutely no passion for. Not only is it well written but it has a shocker of an ending that I had no clue was coming. Without further ado, here it is: Pursue the Passion.

After I read that, I decided to learn more about the people behind Pursue the Passion blog and found a short autobiography by a young man who started a bus tour, going around the country and interviewing people about their life's passions. It brought tears to my eyes and fired me up this morning. I think it will do the same for you: Brett Farmiloe’s Autobiography.

They are accepting stories about your experiences in pursuing your life's passions. Go on over there and share a piece of yourself with them. You could inspiring others from around the globe.

Until next time, have a great beginning of the week!
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Blogger Brett said...

Thanks for posting about us Stephen. Doesn't that 9/11 story fire you up?

We'll be passing through Ohio on Sunday, September 2nd, and would love to stop by if you're anywhere near Toledo.

Let us know!


10:04 AM  
Blogger Stephen J. Hopson said...


I'd love to see you guys in Toledo! I'll contact you via email and get the details. It's a 2 1/2 hour drive for me but it'll be worth it!


11:58 AM  

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