Chapter 92

Live Your Passion

Today's Empowering Quote

"I would be banging pillows, thinking I needed eight hours of sleep.  It bothered me for a long time until I found a doctor who told me to find something I liked to do and consider it a blessing. I like football."
-Jon Gruden (Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Today's Empowering Question

"What do I love doing that is beneficial to me and other people?"

Today's Fast Session

Before I start, I want to make it clear that Coach Gruden's quote is NOT used today to tell people who have trouble sleeping, and whose quality of life is compromised by it, that they should consider it a blessing.

What it DOES mean is that with all the spare time that most of us have available, the choices that are too often made are very unproductive and kill any chances of success and happiness.

Many people don't have the luxury of a spare minute.  But when it comes to true spare time, do you spend it playing video games, watching TV or sitting in a bar somewhere hiding out from life?

If so, we've uncovered one MAJOR cause of feelings of failure. True, wasting time can also be a symptom as well as a cause, but nevertheless, different choices can and should be made.

Jon Gruden chose to take his extra 3-4 hours per day and turn himself into one of the greatest offensive minds in the game of football.  At 34 years old, he became the coach of a professional team.  Many of his players were older than he was.  A few years ago at 36, he was asked for I.D. just to buy a beer at an Oakland A's game.

Top players all over the league would take pay cuts just to play for this "kid"... because he's a winner.  He pushes his players to play with desire and passion. We all like to be associated with winners.

So what's it take to be a winner?

A great place to start is looking at the lives of successful people. Go to the library and skim the stories about the lives of the famous.  You'll find that they didn't become known because they sit around.  They're not just lucky.  They're not famous because of their glimmering smile.

This is true even of 'super' models.  There are tens of thousands of women as beautiful as they are.  But in addition to their looks, the ones you see on all the magazine covers are there because they've worked hard for it.

After you've become thoroughly convinced that success has little to do with luck, the second thing you need to do is look at the thing you love to do the most.  I don't care if you're hooked up to oxygen tanks all day; you have something you like to do.

So get on the net, join a club and get involved.

You don't have to be as unbalanced as Jon Gruden.  Keep your life together.

But above all else, get involved in the thing that lights your fire. Without a passion in life, there is no spark.

Every day, I get emails from around the world thanking me for my work.  They come in because I have a blazing fire of passion for what I do.  I love it.  I feel like one of the luckiest people on the face of the earth.

But I work extremely hard at it.

Success in one area of life doesn't mean that everything is perfect. When you are in the midst of chaos all the time, you've got to keep up.  You've got to strike a

But as things are changing all around you at warp speeds, keep one eye on the part of it that you love. THAT part, despite whatever isn't perfect, will keep your hopes alive, your moods right and give you faith and energy to work on the things that aren't yet how you'd like them.

And it all starts with a passion.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I watch successful people & learn all I can from them
-- I make the best of every situation in my life
-- I naturally look on the bright side of things
-- I see all weaknesses as challenges that I CAN overcome

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