Enthusiasm is the genuine Yes! that will uncork your genius.
— Danielle LaPorte
What’s your passion? That’s ridiculously hard question. I, myself, get caught in its existential snare.
I hear all too often from those who are scared – or paralyzed – because they don’t know how to put a name or action to their passion.
Now, what are you enthusiastic about? What makes you smile? Say weird things? Work for pleasure?
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I see a lot of people trying very hard to find out what will “work” for them. True enough, whether you’re building a hobby or discovering a business, finding what works is a long process.
But we often abandon what we’re enthusiastic about in lieu of chasing something that works.
I speak from experience, of course, but instead of telling you more about my boring experiences, I thought I would use others’ stories to make this idea more compelling.
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know have discovered what stokes their fires of enthusiasm and ignored what works. Others – who may not call themselves entrepreneurs – have used their own joie de vivre to make sure they find that time to do what calls to them. These are the people who you look at think, “they’re living the dream!” But truly, they’ve made their enthusiasm work for them.
Aside from being a kick ass friend, Megan is enthusiastic about steel. She’s a trained metalsmith & jeweler who could work with any precious metal or gem she chooses. But Megan has a zeal for steel.
And it works for her. At shows, she doesn’t have to wait long before someone asks what her jewelry is made of. Right away, she can respond with a smile and a peppy explanation of the properties of the metal. Others are amazed that beautiful things can be made from something so industrial.
Others don’t get it – and that’s okay too.
Megan loves steel and nothing will deter her from using it.
Aside from being a funky momma from the Midwest, Rachel is enthusiastic about all things vintage. She tells the grand adventures of shopping trips to corner stores on her blog. She makes you love it too.
While I may love the look of vintage, I can’t say I’m enthusiastic about it. And I’m wholly unskilled when it comes to buying anything not made this calendar year. But there’s a certain spirit that follows enthusiasm. And that spirit is what makes you care about what someone else is enthusiastic about.
Is Lauren’s shop all about candy, cupcakes, or soap? On first glance, it’s hard to tell what she’s actually selling. But, sure enough, all those colors, textures, and non-edible delights are soap. Lauren is enthusiastic about reimagining your suds.
When you see that kind of enthusiasm, it really moves your soul. Or makes your laugh. Or both.
You can’t help but be drawn to someone with that sense of humor about something so simple. It’s refreshing & zesty. Pun intended.
Susannah is enthusiastic about the beauty of imperfection. She uses her camera to see the world around her as art, no matter what it might be.
I’m so taken with her vision and scope.
Susannah’s course (of which I’m quite possibly the worst student ever) is all about capturing our own imperfections on film and learning to see them as beautiful. I hope she’d agree with my brief description.
Susannah is also enthusiastic about Polaroids and iPhones, a duality that tickles both the geek side of my brain and the creative right side of my brain.
Mark & Jenna, Whimsy & Spice
Sometimes, a company name will betray the enthusiasm that bubbles underneath. Mark & Jenna, the partners & proprietors behind Whimsy & Spice have a hunger (pun intended, again) for unusual flavor combinations and food that looks as good as it tastes.
My hunch is that they have a certain zeal for helping people discover the unexpected delights of delicious morsels.
Each arrangement, each image is it’s own piece of art, as well, adding another layer of flavor to their feast.
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So what are you enthusiastic about? Whether you’re looking to add some spice to your life, abandon convention, or find a business that works for you, it pays to have a firm grasp on what you’re enthusiastic about.
You can move forward until you have a good idea of where you’re going.
So, I bring your my Brio Brainstorm. This is a silly little worksheet you can print & fill out to help you reconnect with those things that make smile.
At least, it should give you an opportunity to remember times when you’ve been overflowing with enthusiasm and steal a little of that feeling for the now. At the best, it should spark some new ideas for bringing back a sense of enthusiasm to your life now!
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