Passion is part of your story. When you tell your story, reveal your passion.
Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there’s someplace that he’d rather be
Do you recognize those words? They are from the song Piano Man by Billy Joel. It is a classic song and doubles as a great storyteller.
Joel sings about being a piano man in a bar where he was early in his career. Wikipedia tells the story.
John, in the song, was the bartender. John, like all the other characters in the bar, had dreams, or passions. This made up part of their own stories.
What was John’s passion?
He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me.”
As the smile ran away from his face
“Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place”
John wanted to be a movie star.
Each and every character in the song has a passion.
Funny thing about passions, they don’t always equate to making a living. We are convinced these days that a career doing your passion is the way to go. It’s kind of like hitting the career lottery.
It doesn’t always work out that way. For some, they are able to utilize their passion for making a living while others see it as a dream.
Regardless where you fall on this debate, everyone has a passion. You may a copywriter but dream of driving race cars. Heck, maybe you drive them on the weekend but it is really a glorified hobby.
Passion helps us live. Passion gives us a mission. Passion gives us hope.
Passion is a part of our story.
Last week I said that there are four components of a story. One, we saw last week, is our history. Another is our passion. What are the other two? Well, you will have to wait for the new emails.
That’s how I roll.
By the way, if I had a passion, it is to learn about and share others’ stories. Maybe that’s why I like music and pro wrestling. I have other things I like as well. It’s pretty eclectic.
So, what drives you? What is your passion? Does it parallel your career? Let me know. Hit reply and tell me about your passion.