Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American philosopher famous for the transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century had said, “Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, and love much.” This love that he was speaking about was an all-encompassing love, what I like to term as passion. People often ask me how to become more passionate about all that they do.
What does the word passion mean to you? To me it means boundless energy to do what I love to do. All of us display passion at one time or the other, for one thing or the other; but most of us fail to maintain that level of passion at all times. We don’t know that it is easy to maintain that level; all we need to do is take a few simple steps such as laugh, learn, and love. Yes, this is what Emerson was trying to teach us.
How can we laugh more often? You must have seen laughter clubs in many city parks, where people gather together and laugh loudly, for no apparent reason. This laughter sets the tone for a happy day, and hence serves as a great tool.
Learning is another thing that fires up our passions. In fact, learning is a cycle. The more we learn about something the more passionate we become about that thing and vice versa.
Have you ever watched young children closely? They always seem to be having fun? Why is it so? That’s because they are always in a learning mode!
Loving what we do is the ultimate tool to ignite passion. Loving your work makes you creative. When you love what you do you don’t lose anything but gain a lot.
If you can incorporate these facets into your work and academic life (or better still, life in general), you will definitely live well…fulfilling Emerson’s prophetic words…transcending success!!
The author is a life-skills coach, time-line therapist, and new consciousness writer. Contact: email@example.com