Last Friday I finished up the day working with a couple of athletes. One girl in particular has been making some great strides. Her father, who is a friend of my family, walked over to us to say hello.
As we were speaking, I began to talk to him about the all the small improvements I've observed his daughter has made. I could feel something change inside of me as I was speaking about this. That something was just the excitement in those small details I was relaying.
He jokingly said, "Are you trying to sell me, because you don't have to."
I responded by letting him know, "Sometimes I can't help getting excited about seeing small improvements in my athletes. I just want to show and tell someone, and you happened to be standing here."
I've been lucky enough to be one of those people who found my passion early and went with it. As cliche as it might sound, I "followed my heart."
I don't think Harold Thurman Whitman was wrong when he said, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs--ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
There are three ways to know you're alive and working in your passion. The first is you have a strength for what you do. The second is that what you do with these strengths helps make a difference in the lives of others. The third is when you do what you do; you feel most alive. You work with and have a purpose.
The fourth I'd add involves the story above. Your passion comes out in the detail of your work. These minuscule things may bore the pants off of others but light a fire in you that you want to share with the world.
Hope you all have a great week!