Sometimes it's the easiest thing in your life to find. Sometimes it's the most difficult. Everyone has one but very few can tap into it and make it their source of inspiration and income.
I'm talking about your passion. Whether food or fashion, sports or stamp collecting, your passion is that one thing that allows you to escape to a world in which you are in charge but perhaps more importantly, it's the one thing that makes you feel alive.
Art of Life has profiled many successful people and the one thing they all have in common is their passion. Whether it's Alberta Ferretti's passion for design, Thomas Keller's passion for food, Nerio Alessandri's passion for wellness, or David Coulthard's passion for racing, they all are successful because they are doing what they love.
But for many of us that's the hard part, isn't it? Making our passion work for us. It's not easy to take what is essentially a hobby and earn a living from it. For many of us life takes over -- whether it's raising children, paying off loans, keeping a roof over our heads, and feeding our families. Sometimes it's not easy to say I'm going to take what I love to do and make money off it.
Don't get me wrong, there are many people who aren't wildly rich but are doing what they love. A good friend of mine can't wait to go to work every morning and trade the stock markets. He says it's the challenge of balancing the complexities of the markets with the immediacy of results. It's the fast-paced environment that's filled with million-dollar pressures, but he loves every minute of it. He, I guess, would be among the lucky ones because he has found what he loves to do and does it for a living. Thing is, if you get to do what you love you can do it for as long as your mind and body allow.
So do you find your passion or does it find you? There are many of us who are so wrapped up in our lives (mainly because we have to be) that we can't find (or don't know where to begin to find or recognize) our passions. Plato said, "necessity is the mother of invention".
Perhaps necessity is also the key to leading you to your passion. I remember Fawaz Gruosi, founder of de Grisogono jewelry, telling me that it was his need to find a job that landed him at a jewelry store as an assistant (he said he basically started out getting tea for everyone.) He would later find his passion for designing jewelry, a passion that would earn him a multi-million dollar business and ultimately a lifestyle of luxury.
I love meeting people who inspire me. I love meeting people who are doing what they love to do. It gives me that kind of energy and inspiration to find that key to not only unlocking my passion but to earn a living from it. That, in my mind, is when I know I am successful.
I guess the secret is being open to it and to never stop searching until you have found it.