The dictionary says that passion is “a strong emotion, an ardent love; zeal; eager desire, hope and joy.” It has been my observation that in every field of endeavor the men and women who reach the mountain tops of life have a passion to give their all and be the best they can be. For example, the fathers of our country were passionate believers in freedom. Maribeau said, “None but men of strong passions are capable of rising to greatness.” Tennyson said, “The happiness of a man in his life does not consist in the absence but in the mastering of his passions.” Franklin said, “He is a governor that governs his passions and he is a servant that serves them.”
It has been my observation that directed passion, founded on an ethical, moral base, enables anyone to utilize his or her full potential with awesome results. The reason is clear. With integrity you have nothing to fear because you have nothing to hide. Fear is a heavy burden to carry and it stifles creativity and burns energy which we need to achieve maximum results.
To be candid, I am a man of passion and I have a conviction that passion, like courage, is transferable. So, one of my objectives in life is to transfer some of my passions, as well as the passions of the people you will meet in this column, to you. In order to accomplish that objective, as you perhaps have noticed if you regularly read this column, I write from my head and heart to your head and heart, because the head is the gateway to the heart. I try to inform you logically and inspire you emotionally because I believe with this approach you’ll be moved to recognize, develop and use what is inside you and become the best you can be. When you do that, I can truthfully say I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous life-changing programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.