Friday, March 17, 2017


“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress;
Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
- Simon Sinek

Many parents have been approaching me for our upcoming PD course. They want their little-ones and young-ones to find motivation in life... work without being told, work hard and work long and ,above all, enjoy what they are doing and succeed in it.

When you are hungry, you look for food… When you are thirsty, you look for water. Is not motivation as simple as that?

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? And, hungry and thirsty for what?

I did not know what I wanted to do in my life till I landed in First Year B.Com, that is, till I was 18. When I watched and deeply admired my own teacher, Prof. B.S. Raman, and desired and dreamt of becoming a fine teacher like him, motivation to achieve that dream came along… Nobody needed to tell me ‘Work hard and work long’… Nobody needed to tell me how to find my passion… The burning desire to become teacher like my role model was enough to put everything else in place…

Later, in Mumbai, when I was constantly dreaming, I found the answer in Napoleon Hill’s classics, ‘Think and Grow Rich’ and ‘The Law of Success’. The power of desire and Definite Chief Aim in life… I learnt from this book. The power of self-belief – Faith – and power of making decisions and using our Imagination… I learnt from his books. Above all, the power of doing work for the sheer joy of it, working more than what is paid for, going the extra-mile, putting all your passion into what you are doing, doing it with contagious enthusiasm and initiative… yes, all these secrets of the age-old Law of Attraction I learnt from Napoleon Hill for the first time when I was raw… hungry and thirsty to find my place in this vast world.

So, when parents of little-ones and young-ones wonder what would make their offspring passionate in life, I talk about what made me so.

How else – and from else – can I offer them an answer?

To find your children’s callings in life, please encourage them to listen to their heart-beats… Help them trust in their little dreams… Help them stay wonder-struck… teach them repeatedly, that, they are ‘special’ and there ‘is’ a place for each one of them under this endless sky… drill in them, repeatedly, that,  in life, money is an important thing but it is not everything… that, success is not measured in fame, name and money alone… that, they should do what they love and love what they do… that, their purpose in life should be to ‘contribute’ and not to ‘gain’… that, they would receive in many fold when they learn to give fully from their hearts…

To me, why Jesus Christ’s great suffering is hailed as ‘Passion of the Christ’ will always reamin an amazing mystery ! He chose to lead a life with fullness… and embraced the suffering that had to come along. It was his ‘choice’… In great suffering, He found peace… the fulfillment of his Life-mission… the completion of His Father’s Will!

Passion is Life… It’s, always, red, blood-red!

The trigger to write this Post came from a quote of Simon Sinek casually shared by my friend, Ekta, this morning:

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress;
Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
- Simon Sinek

May we all, including our little-ones and young-ones’ live our lives in ‘fullness’.


Pic.: Azriel D'Souza
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