"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
--- Harriet Tubman
In traveling to various venues for association events, trade shows, and business meetings, I always get a kick out of meeting business leaders with a strong passion for what they do. Their excitement toward their business is contagious as their faces light up when they talk about it. It is a refreshing change from mingling with business owners from the opposite side of the spectrum. You won't hear leaders with passion complaining about the economy, who the next president will be, or about their low energy in trying to keep the business afloat.
Passionate business leaders stay on fire because they love what they do. They love working out the next solution and actually rejoice when a problem or obstacle comes along. And their passion spreads to those around them, especially to team members who know how to make things happen in the business. This perpetual cycle fans the flames of success and further increases the leader's passion.
"Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That's not a criticism; they're passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that's why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA."
--- Andrew Mason
Passionate leaders love their work because it is something they truly love doing. Those without passion find it difficult to understand this kind of love. They are working because the work brings monetary reward and nothing more. Leaders with passion make money because the reward is in the work that they do. If they enjoy offering a sign product that provides a solution for the customer, that is their reward. Success and money are the result of pursuing their passion.
"Today, people idolize athletes and celebrities - and yes, highly successful and visionary business people like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but not the innovators who perhaps have not seen such high-flying levels of success. Can anyone name the inventors of GPS, which has such a huge impact on our lives today?"
--- Naveen Jain
Leaders with a passion for their business seek to work the business for business sake. They aren't chasing fame or recognition because they don't need that to be fulfilled in their lives. Their passion wakes them up in the morning and gives them satisfaction at the end of the day. Most of them are the unsung heroes in the community, but yet their reputation for quality and integrity is well-known.
"The greatest business people I've met are determined to get it right no matter what the cost."
--- Michael Gerber
I know I am not the only one who has met these kind of leaders. You've seen the ones who are sticklers for ensuring every aspect of the product or service they provide is as near perfect as possible before delivering to the customer. They watch over the business like a hawk, always scanning for even the smallest detail that needs to be tweaked or reworked.
It was the same kind of passion that early business leaders had during the industrial age in the US that helped to fortify our nation's economy. It is this same passion that will continue to strengthen the country regardless of who is in office. Strength, grit, a mission and passion will never fail.
"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."
--- Yo-Yo Ma