Follow your passion

If you follow me on twitter you know I had coffee yesterday with the CIO of a local college.  He’s an eclectic individual with diverse interests.  Coffee with him means we could discuss economics, music, home renovation, technology, religion, investing, and more.

Although he’s eclectic, he loves two things, music and money.  Well, to be fair, it’s not money.  It’s the markets, economics, and investing.  I couldn’t resist the two “m’s.”

I love seeing passion in others.

Normally he’s a Clark Kent type.  But off come the clothes and out comes the cape when the Stock Market comes up.

Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss.”  I’ll adjust from a philosophical term like “bliss” to “follow your passion.”

Think of a group of adults and one child sitting in a restaurant.  The child spills their milk on the floor.  All the adults jump to their feet.  One say, “Its ok I’ll buy another.”  Another begins delegating tasks.  “You get a mop. You take little John outside for a minute, etc.”  Still another says, “The reason this happened is the glass was too close to the edge of the table.”  Yet another speaks to little John, “Its ok Johnny everyone makes mistakes.”

In order of occurrence, the passions at the table are:  generosity, administration, teaching, and compassion.

Leaders reach higher when they follow their passions.

What’s your passion?  Are you working within your passion?  How might an individual uncover their passion?

Leadership Freak,

Dan Rockwell