When Passion Isn’t Enough

when passion isn't enough

Passion is a term that’s thrown around recklessly these days. We’re constantly reminded that it must be present in our lives if we want success. 

But that’s only half the recipe. There’s a much less sexier term that isn’t talked about as much: commitment.

Passion can be compared to the euphoric high of a new relationship — powerful but fleeting. No relationship lasts on it alone. Surviving past the honeymoon stage requires a conscious decision to stay faithful to your craft.

Incentives

incentives

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Incentives are powerful.

Consider what would happen if you chose not to go into work today. Best case scenario, you’d be reprimanded by your supervisor. Worst case scenario, you’d lose your job. Without a job, you couldn’t afford rent, food, or the gasoline in your car. This explains why, despite not wanting to get up early in the morning, people trudge through their routine anyway. Skipping out on even one day of work is too risky.

R.I.P. Robin Williams

Robin Williams

There’s not much to say about Robin Williams that hasn’t already been said. He was a phenomenal actor and an even better person.

What’s so tough about a tremendous loss like this is how the world appears to move on so quickly. Reading about anything else on the news or social media seems almost insensitive. How could we rebound after such an influential human being has left us?

Why Doubting Yourself Is Healthy

why doubting yourself is healthy

Doubts. Those quiet moments of insecurity that lurk in the shadows of our souls. They tell us we’re not good enough. They mock us and invite us to question our self-worth. Telling us that there’s someone out there who’s better. Someone more inventive. More creative. More determined. More likable. The doubts creep into our minds when we least expect them. And we are told to push them away. To pretend they never existed. To pretend we never doubted. After all, doubters don’t succeed.

What Tourette’s Taught Me About Life

Tourette's Syndrome

With each minute, my anxiety grew.

“Please don’t do this. Not now,” I silently pleaded with my body.

Then, within seconds, the moment I had long feared came. I let out a primal grunt and forcefully slammed my head into my laptop.

Tisha, my girlfriend at the time, stared at me — stunned.

“Kevin, are you okay?” she asked, with a look of genuine concern.

Why We Procrastinate

 

why we procrastinate

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When it comes to things that truly matter, many of us don’t procrastinate because we’re lazy. We procrastinate because we’re afraid. 

We’re afraid to experience the human element. It’s easier to spend time on things that don’t require much thought than risk doing something that might result in loneliness, despair, frustration, or perhaps the scariest of all — failure.