There is a pervasive and misleading myth in today’s culture about what passion truly is. This myth says that passion means doing what you love and loving every part of what you do. Our newborn son recently showed me just how wrong this myth is.
Do What You Love…Then What?
There is a famous quote attributed to everyone from Marc Antony to Confucius to Harvey MacKay. It says:
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
In other words, follow your passion and the “work” will seem easy.
This myth says that if you can only find something you are truly passionate about, you will never know pain, hard work, or toil a day in your life. This myth could not possibly be more wrong.
I’ve always known that success requires sacrifice. It requires me to give up one thing in exchange for something better.
But I always seemed to have the what part wrong. What must you give up to be successful? It might not be the things you think.
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The internet is full of quotes about sacrifice and success.
I could fill up 100+ blog posts with nothing but quotes that tell you:
“True success requires sacrifice.” – Rick Riordan
“You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” – J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan
“He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” – James Allen, in As a Man Thinketh
Is there something you wish you could do?
Some skill you wish you had or some person you wish you knew?
In the summer of 2000, when I was at my peak as a golfer (I was ranked in the top 100 nationally), I was hitting balls on the range as the sun began its slow decent beneath the horizon. I had been there for many hours, like any other day. Before that, I had worked out, played 18 holes, and practiced other parts of my game for hours on end.
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