The Power of Passion to Explode Your Career, Business, and Life

by Marcus Sheridan

It’s 5am in the morning and today is my last day in Las Vegas. I’ve been here for the last few days to speak at the Email Marketing Summit put on by MarketingSherpa and I’ve finally taken the time this morning to breathe and reflect. So for today’s post, I really want to talk about a subject today that seems to be changing my life faster than anything else I do– PASSION.

Even when we wrestle with our kids, we should do it with passion. :-)

As many of you know, I’ve been significantly blessed recently in my career. Every time I turn around, there seems to be another business opportunity, another speaking event, another kind email.

I don’t say this to brag, so please don’t take it as such, as I’m really just speaking as an observer with these thoughts.

But as I now travel the world and do what I love, I keep hearing the same phrases again and again and again.

  • “Marcus, I love your passion!!”
  • “Marcus, where do you get that energy?!”

Passion will NEVER be Overrated

There are folks out there that will tell you “passion” is overrated. I call total bull on that. In fact, I think it’s grossly underrated.

The world in which we live has never needed passionate people like it does today. The gloom and doom and blasé attitudes we see in so many faces and places (and web for that matter) aren’t typically of tremendous benefit and uplift.

This is exactly why so many folks out there are just looking for someone with a twinkle in their eye. They want to talk to someone with energy. They want to be touched in a positive way.

We all feel this way. All of us.

  • When I write a blog post, I want it to scream passion.
  • When I speak to a group, I want my actions to bleed passion.
  • When I play with my kids, I want them to feel my passion.

Now granted, there are times when I fall short. We all do. But make no mistake– I want to be known as a person of passion. People remember that. They want to know what makes you “tick.” They want to know why the bounce in your step and the feel of your words are so very unique.

Yesterday morning I spoke to 700 people about marketing. An hour later, I gave an online seminar to a few hundred people for Social Media Examiner’sSmall Business Summit.” And what was the overriding theme of those that listened to my message? Here is a snippet: (Again, I’m not showing this to brag, but I want you to see the words people are using.)

Energy. Enthusiasm. Passion.

They kept showing up again and again and again.

As I mentioned already, we all want to be touched, moved, and inspired by others.

And it’s this quality that makes a business great, allows someone to advance so far in their field, or better yet– leads to a more fulfilling home life.

Find just about any successful person, and almost 99% of the time you’ll see that he or she has built that success on passion.

Our Challenge

So that’s our challenge. May we be a people of passion. May we walk, talk, and act with a zeal that touches the lives of others.

Sure, some days are tougher than others. Yes, sometimes we don’t want to smile.

But if greatness and success is the goal, the qualities of energy and enthusiasm must be engrained into our being.

To close this little post, Chris Brogan and I recently talk about business, life, and passion. If you have a few minutes, I think you’ll enjoy our chat.

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Your turn:

What’s your take on this topic of passion? Is it underrated or overrated? And do you want to be known as a person of passion? Jump in folks, I’d love to hear your take.

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