Passion or Conviction – Which is more important for success at the workplace or in life?
What is the difference between Passion and Conviction?
We often hear and even use the word Passion. What does it really mean?
Passion is often used to refer to love for someone or something, ironically refers to ‘suffering’ in Ancient Greek. Perhaps it is the intense emotion that makes one suffer – sleepless nights, loss of appetite, anxiety, fear of loss …
Passion is so strong an emotion that it oftens render reasoning meaningless. Besides Romance, Passion is applicable to love for a certain pursuit, such as occupation, exploration, a craft or a hobby. For example, someone with a passion for writing may stay up till the wee hours in the morning, to pen down any inspirational flow of words that come into mind, an artist passionate about his art may spend days on end on a painting which he believes is his greatest masterpiece ever, an athlete passionate about his sport will train hours after hours everyday to improve himself and stretch his limits. Talk to someone about something they are passionate about and you’ll immediately see the sparkle in their eyes.
Passion is the spark, that kick-starts the Firing inferno – it motivates us, engulfs us, sometimes devours us.
However, I believe to succeed in whichever field you’re in, passion is only half the story. Conviction is another vital ingredient for success.
What is Conviction? Conviction is an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence.
So strong is the belief that it holds itself as an article of faith.
To the mind, it is the cognition of doubtless truth. To the heart, it is this commitment that keeps us going and going, when the going gets tough.
It is the voice in our heart that tells us to ‘Get up”, time and again when we falter.
It is the energy that feeds our soul, with each passing hurdle, pitfall, wear and tear.
Conviction pushes us beyond the boundaries of our limits
Now to me, Passion is the spark that gets me started BUT Conviction pushes me beyond. When I’m convinced about something, I’m committed to it and so it becomes more than a casual passion. It becomes something I believe worth pursuing.
Conviction is the voice, constantly telling me that ‘What doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger”
Conviction is my mentor, my coach, my mantra to keep going and going, with the destination in mind.
I used to think that Passion was everything until Conviction found me!
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