For most things we do, our
capabilities average out. We can be a good parent, a lousy driver, a
savvy salesman, an amazing trivia buff, a so-so handyman, etc. However,
there is at least one thing you can be really, really good at. This is
your area of excellence.*
How do you become excellent at
something? It is through your passion for it. Yes, passion. It feels so
good, you just can't wait to do it. That's how.
Sadly, many of us do not seek out
one's area of excellence. And, for those who did, the time they want to
devote towards it tends to be watered down by other activities of the
Think. Do you want to feel good
each and every day? Then, rearrange your life so that it becomes
possible to INCLUDE YOUR AREA OF EXCELLENCE INTO EACH DAY.
Since high school, my passion has
always been in teaching. When classmates gathered someplace, like the
cafeteria, you;d likely find me explaining something. I wasn't that
smart; my grades weren't that good. But, boy, I could teach. And did I
enjoy the look on faces as if saying "Holy cow, is that how
it works? That is so simple!"
It came about naturally that I
accepted a teaching position at my university, one of the most rewarding
periods in my career. Later on, I moved into the business world.
Wherever I worked and in any capacity, the teaching aspect of the job,
no matter how trivial, always gave me a boost. That is, I managed to
include teaching into my work, even after I left the teaching
profession. It's the fuel that brings energy to whatever I do. (You
guessed it. I am teaching as I write this article. Just more doses of
I realized something years later:
your PASSION MAKES YOU GLOW. Your being so good at something becomes
your trademark, your fingerprint, part of your character. This glow is
like a magnet that attracts certain people. It gets you noticed. It
awakens interest. It changes attitude. In time, these people would
include you in their own circles, opening up new opportunities not
available to you previously. Of course, you can decide what to do with
these opportunities. But think. Many people spend time and effort
looking for such opportunities. You? You just go about doing this thing
you enjoy and opportunities literally COME AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES to
you! Isn't that amazing?
So, what are you passionate about?
Is it to solve problems? Is it to grow vegetables? Is it to help people
in need, produce a work of art, dress up smartly, or to fix a car? Is it
to spread God's word?
Then find ways to make this
passion a daily occurrence. Learn it. Absorb it. Practice it. Earn a
living from it. Make it your leisure. Mingle with others who enjoy it.
Then watch yourself glow. You are simply ATTRACTING YOUR SUCCESS.