A while back, I had a very interesting conversation with a friend and we spoke about Passion vs Ambition. Both of us identified ourselves as passionate people, who prefer doing things we feel “interest” towards, people who start projects and activities out of sheer joy and excitement.
We shared the same set of struggles and emotional highs with our passion interests. We identified ourselves as starters and not necessarily finishers. Chaos was the order in life. It is messy, but personally even the mess is meaningful to us. It is like we know where exactly to find the needle we are looking for in the stack of hay, though to any other naked eye it appears to be disorganized, the layout is in fact neatly tucked in our mind’s safe space, protected from the views of the judging world. Doing what makes us happy, felt such a high – an elated sense of enthusiasm and never-ending energy flowing through the veins. What people struggle to accomplish in months, we do it in a few days. Even the lack of external motivation or appreciation doesn’t necessarily deter us. WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE WE LOVE DOING WHAT WE DO. Fear doesn’t cripple or stop us, everything is worth the risk to take. THE PURPOSE IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE WHEN WE FEEL INSPIRED. We make things fun. Even the boring bits of stuff. And when we find a person who inspires us, we cling on to them for being in the mental state of inspired “high”. We act unstoppable. Creativity at its peak 🙂
However, passion comes with its own challenges too. When you follow your excitement, what no one tells you is that there are also periods of emotional lows. The highs are exhilarating while the troughs are steep and deep. We struggle to complete everything. Sometimes the chaos of reading 4 books at a time is so insane that we do not complete either of them. It is difficult to get us in action in the absence of a strong source of inspiration.
What we jointly concluded on our discussion is that for any project to be successful, it makes perfect sense to pair Passion (starters) with Ambition (finishers). The Ambitionist will keep the creative Passionista in check and will enforce deadlines, goals and milestones to ensure they remain on track! This will ensure that the project “ends beautifully”. The creative combustion fuelled by the Passionista is channeled to the right direction by the Strategist for the desired end result. The Passionista needs to be pushed and pulled when they experience slumps and needs to be believed in, even when they do not believe in themselves.
I take this profound lesson not just to put to use at work and projects, but also relationships and other areas of life. Seek for people who will challenge you, compliment your weak spots, think differently than you. Similarities attract, but it is differences that create value and helps create sustainable growth 🙂
Much Love from the Sandy Beaches,