Posts Tagged ‘Passion’

Such deep passion for the work that all else is dull and colorless

June 21, 2014

I get motivated and charged-up when I hear about people who immerse themselves so deeply in their work (or in their hobby or something), who have great drive and purpose.

Below is one of the world’s top young neurosurgeons talking to his female colleague, who is one of the world’s top neurologists. It is the evening, at the end of a mind-blowingly intense day of surgery. They are talking on the rooftop of the hospital where they both work and they are looking out over the evening city lights:

Every dinner party I’ve ever been to, no matter what the occasion, I’m bored out of my mind. Bored by the normal, bored by the happy, the unhappy couples, bored out of my mind by families. Good, bad, or indifferent.

There’s only one thing that interests me. It’s this [work, surgery]. What is there in a dinner party, a gallery opening, a movie, a novel, a Broadway show, that could compare with the case we had today [brain surgery]. Everything else is dull, without color.

You know what I do when I’m not here? I make time. I eat and I sleep. You know where I live? In the Hotel Mirabella. When I get bored with that I’ll move to a new hotel. No obligations, no strings. Every morning I wake up and the day is there before me. The job, the work, it’s incomparable.

Dr. Ian Bickman
Black Box

By sheer will power I will survive

May 4, 2014

The below picture shows a person making a herculean effort. For me, the picture symbolizes a great deal. It symbolizes indomitable willpower. It symbolizes passion. It symbolizes that no matter what obstables life may throw at me, I will, by sheer willpower, survive. When an obstacle confronts me, I will grit my teeth, summon all my strength and passion, and I will overcome. So it is more than merely a picture of a person exercising; it is a symbol for life itself.


Bring your passion with you in whatever you do

March 30, 2014

Here are two beautiful Greek words that I learned watching the wonderful TED talk by Mike Rowe (the person who created the TV show, Dirty Jobs):

anagnorsis: the transition from ignorance to knowledge.

When a veil is lifted off your eyes and you suddenly realize that some aspect of what you had been thinking your whole life is totally wrong and you suddenly see the truth, that is anagnorsis.

peripetia: a discovery that leads to a sudden realization.

In the movie The Matrix the main character Neil suddenly realizes that he is living in a computer, that is peripetia.

In the movie The Sixth Sense, Bruce Willis spends the whole movie helping a small child and then at the end Willis suddenly realizes that he is dead, that is peripetia.

Here’s a paraphrase of something that Mike Rowe said, which I think is great:

From our childhood we are told: “follow
your passion and if you do that, everything
will turn out and be great.” I realized (anagnorsis)
that that is wrong. These people that I worked
alongside on Dirty Jobs aren’t following their
passion; yet, they are some of the most balanced
and happy people I’ve met. Instead of following
your passion, bring your passion with you in
whatever you do.