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15 Things Truly Passionate People Do Differently

15 Things Truly Passionate People Do Differently

You’ve heard stories of the men and women who do great things. They bring a true passion and utter determination to do things that others rarely even dared to dream possible. But what makes these pioneers of innovation so great? Here’s 15 things truly passion people do differently.

1. They get excited more often.

Excitement is the fuel that can drive innovation and success. Bringing a dream to reality takes dedication and hard work. When you can find the excitement in the project and renew the excitement with each milestone, it’s easier to power through the inevitable rough patches that can derail any project.

2. They devote their lives to their dreams.

Passion needs plenty of TLC. And when you love what you do and are truly passionate about it, you’ll feed your dreams with every ounce of love and care they need to succeed. It can be a risk, but they devote their lives to accomplishing their goals.

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3. They surround themselves with their works.

When you find something you love, it starts to become part of your life. Truly passionate people find ways to incorporate their work into every aspect of their life. Whether you begin spending time with other people who are helping bring your passion to life or just take your work with you everywhere you go, your dreams become part of your daily life.

4. They think positively about the future.

When you’re passionate, you believe in yourself. You have a belief that things will work out, because you believe so strongly in what you’re doing. Passionate people look forward to the future and embrace the challenges that it will bring.

5. They always have their passion on their mind.

Passion evokes a razor-like focus and drive. Whether they are driving to work, reading a book, playing with their kids, or laying at bed at night, they have their passion on their mind. They are always looking for ways to improve a process, finding solutions for their roadblocks in everyday life and applying them to their work.

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6. They are willing to take risks.

No guts. No glory. Someone who’s passionate must take risks to succeed. Whether it’s putting their life savings on the line, leave a steady job to pursue their dreams, or turn down more lucrative offers with less upside, passionate people will take risks to deliver on their dreams.

7. They accept consequences.

Many people are willing to take risks, but when those backfire, many people jump ship. Truly passionate people accept their new circumstances and keep moving forward. Whether the news is good or bad, they continue on the same.

8. They make their passions a priority.

Passions without priority? Those are hobbies! They find ways to make sure they spend the time and effort to grow their passion and make their dreams come true. If you want to truly succeed, find what you’re passionate about and truly believe in and make it a priority.

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9. They don’t back down.

People will doubt you. They will mock you and remind you of each and every failure. Truly passionate people won’t back down. The criticism and skepticism only fuel the fire. They never give in.

10. They have unbelievable focus.

There are distractions everywhere. Truly passionate people don’t let anything between them and their dreams. When you believe in something so strongly and dedicate your life to it, maintaining focus can be challenging. The truly passionate people succeed by limiting distractions and keeping their eye on the prize.

11. They take it to the next level.

Going through the motions is not an option. Passionate people bring it everyday. And they up their game. They work harder, practice more, spend the time to master the details, and do everything better.

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12. They create a roadmap for their dreams.

When you believe in something so strongly, you can see it happen. But the difference in being a dreamer and a champion is the roadmap that gets you there. Truly passionate people leave nothing to chance, developing a plan for each step and understanding that this roadmap will evolve and shift, but ultimately lead them to the ultimate goal.

13. They inspire others.

Passion is contagious. Whether it’s the people you work with, your family, or those you meet on a daily basis, passion can rub off. If you’re having trouble finding that passion, find people who are doing great things and spend time with them. You’ll often times find that they will inspire you to follow your own dreams.

14. They overcome failure.

Failure is inevitable and comes in many forms. Rejection of a grant, dismissal of an idea, or a idea that didn’t work out. When you’re blazing new trails, obstacles will stand in the way. Passionate people learn to overcome their failures and become better because of it. The roadblocks become a source of pride and overcoming them renews their passion rather than squashing it.

15. They radiate their passion.

If you meet someone who’s truly passionate, you will know. Every part of their being seems to radiate the passion they bring each and every day.

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Kyle is the founder of Branding Beard. He writes about communication tips on Lifehack.

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13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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