Today’s guest post is brought to you by Mohamed Tohami, who blogs about finding your passion at TransformationalMotivation.com.
“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” – Ayn Rand
Back in 2007, I started interviewing successful people about their secrets of success. And I noticed they all embraced common values that helped them make smarter decisions and better choices. I started embracing these values in my life and they helped me make the most important decision in my life so far.
At the beginning of this year, I quit my job to pursue my passion full time. A lot of people called me crazy and blamed me for putting my family at big risk. But, when I examined my decision I realized that I couldn’t hold it back one more second. I spent the past 9 years working on my passion on the side and every day I was suffering from an identity crisis.
From 9 to 5 I felt like I was nobody, while from 5 to 9 I felt like I owned the world doing what I love. I never regretted my decision, because that single risky move is what brought me happiness the likes of which I’d never experienced before.
Simply because, now I am honoring my values. And when you follow your heart and honor your values, everything falls into place and you start experiencing harmony and flow. A value is something of relative worth, merit, or importance.
Passionate people share common values that guide their decisions and choices in life. You need to embrace these values if you want to live with passion and make your life a story that’s worth telling.
So let me share with you my top 10 values of passionate living:
“The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy
This is probably the most important value that passionate people have.
Living life on your own terms must be of great importance to you. You should aim for financial freedom and freedom of choice.
You shouldn’t make decisions based on money. Instead, you should make decisions based on what matters most to you. You should be free to choose what brings you the most joy, and not feel obliged to follow a certain path under the pressure of responsibilities.
“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value” - Albert Einstein
Passionate people strive to give value first. For them success is a result, not a goal. They enjoy helping people. Money is always secondary. Your primary goal is to provide as much value as you possibly can.
Give away value that makes you the most useful person in your field. That’s why I decided to offer my revolutionary technique for finding purpose in life for free. I wanted to be of GREAT value to you and to as many people as I can possibly reach.
When you are of great value, money, success, fame or whatever you dream of naturally follow.
“I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.” - Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford
Passionate people put family and relationships first. Work is just a means to create a lifestyle that you can enjoy with the people you love and care about.
You shouldn’t do work for work’s sake. Instead, your work should support your ideal lifestyle. Your passion driven business must lead to a balanced life. One of the key benefits that people who quit their jobs report is that they had more time to spend with their families.
“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” - Phyllis McGinley
Passionate people are attached to their hobbies. A hobby recharges your energy, puts a smile on your face, helps you connect with new people, makes life exciting, and sometimes you can turn it into a business!
A hobby is a way to express yourself and bring loads of joy into your life. It lifts off the stress and adds balance to your life.
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
Passionate people take responsibility for their lives and know that they have the choice. You’re not obliged to do anything. Yes, you might be under pressure to pay the bills and feed your family, but you still have a choice.
You always have a choice to do nothing and accept the misery, or a choice to do one thing every day to get closer to your dreams, escape the 9-5 and be free to choose and do what you love.
In life, there is no end. As you long as you’re living, you have a choice every morning to take charge and change your course or to keep doing what you’ve been doing.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Passionate people value experience more than certificates. Knowledge is not enough if it stays in your mind. If you don’t use what you know and what you’re good at to create new exciting life experiences, then your intellectual property is of no use.
You can easily spot a passionate person, because you can feel that he/she is speaking from the heart. They speak from the heart because they have the experience. They have been there and lived it. They are walking their talk. They don’t preach from books, but they share real lessons from their personal lives.
The quality of your life is highly proportional to the quality of your experiences. How often do you try something new? How often do you stretch yourself to new limits?
“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost
Passionate people are crazy about taking the path less traveled. You should fight conformity and strive for uniqueness.
You’re unique and that’s why your path should be unique. You must break the social norms that confine you in well defined molds. If you follow the herd, then you won’t be remembered.
Those who live a unique story are the only ones who are remembered long after they pass away. Why? Because people love to share and pass on unique and good stories.
Don’t expect to achieve different results if you follow the crowd.
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” - Albert Einstein
Passionate people are growing every day. Every day you should be learning or trying something new.
Continuous growth is the mantra of all successful people. No matter how good you are or how much you know, there is always room for more.
Work on your skills and develop new ones regularly. By acquiring new skills, even if they are in different fields, you will boost your confidence and broaden your experience (an important value we’ve discussed above).
“A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” - George Edward Moore
Passionate people create works of art. They see problems and create new creative solutions that no one has heard of before. They are visionaries and their creativity never ends.
They create pieces of art that inspire people and solve their problems or enhance their experiences. You shouldn’t aim for being the best. Instead, you should always aim for being the first.
Do something creative that fills a gap. Do something that people perceive as rare art. Do something that takes the world by surprise.
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” - Indian Proverb
Passionate people are difference makers. You live to find your joy and at the same time bring joy to others. You do what you love and leave a mark along the way.
You want to be remembered by leaving behind tremendous value that changes people’s lives or transforms their experiences.
You become significant by living an exciting and thrilling story that inspires people and makes you a role model for current and future generations.
You create art and art leads to significance.
It’s worth mentioning that significance is the natural result of living by all the previous 9 values. It should be in your heart to make a difference and be of value and significance.
Now, it’s your turn. Which of these values do you already have and which values do you need to work on and embrace? Please share your thoughts below.
Mohamed Tohami is a bestselling author and the creator of “The P.A.S. Technique: The World’s Easiest Way To Find Your Passion and Purpose In Life”. Click here to join his upcoming FREE life purpose coaching online class.