Last night I watched a film… this film, though hard to sustain during certain scenes, was something that could not be ignored. It taught me about passion and persistence. The movie:? PERFUME
Perfume is a murderous tale about a man born from virtually nothing who finds discovers his passion and stops at nothing to realize its full potential. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was born in France to a mother whose 4 previous children were still-born. She wasn’t expecting him to survive but he did … and with the extraordinary gift of smell. Grenouille could decipher the smell of anything…. as long as it weren’t new. His passion for smells lead him to find the best perfume maker in all of France. This is a man who was enslaved for most of his life and yet managed to not let his misfortunes detour him from his passion.
I won’t give away any more details of the film for some of you may want to enjoy it but the message is clear: PASSION and PERSISTENCE will take you very far in life.
Have you ever taken in by someone’s enthusiasm? This person, whether she were selling you a product of simply giving you a review spoke with such a passion that you felt you wanted what it was that they were speaking of? That type of passion, enthusiasm can not be bought or faked. So often many of us go into professions that we have no interest in and it shows a few years, months or even weeks on the job. Why torture yourself? If I’ve learned anything from this economic transitional period (AKA: recession) it’s that we are now living in a time where we are not limited in what we can do and how we can live. Our parents and grandparents were forced to work for a living concerned with putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. This new information generation has afforded us the luxury of living out our passions and making our wildest dreams come true!
Everyday I am surrounded by entrepreneurs and business people who got into business simply by choosing to live out their passions. You can do the same! Take a few moments to figure out what your passion are.
Here are a few tips to help you discover your passions:
1.) Go back to your childhood: What did you enjoy doing when you were younger? Did you enjoy stories, building blocks? That may be the key to living the life you want?
2.) What are your hobbies? What do you do enjoy doing in your spare time? How do you life to spend your free time? Your passions may be discovered in your down time, away from the time clock!
3.) Has more than 3 people told you you’re good at a particular skill? If a few people are telling you something it may be true; this hold true for both good and bad 😉 Listen to them… especially if they’re your close friends and family and you value their opinion.
This generation that we are embarking in is the time for you to live your passions and go back to dreaming. Find what makes you happy and the money will come.