This afternoon I spoke about e-commerce to a room filled with 25 – 30 people. And I loved it. I could only have been more passionate if I’d been speaking about why I love writing. It reminded me how important it is to bring passion to everything we do – or at least to everything we want to do well.
It got me thinking about the projects that succeed and that fail.
Exercise is rarely something I’m passionate about, so it usually fails.
Writing is my brightest burning passion and it frustrates me beyond measure that I cannot dedicate all my time to it.
This afternoon, speaking to all those people, I had fun. I love speaking to crowds, giving presentations, holding seminars. Speaking about something I care about, rekindling a passion, made it all the more special. It also made me think that if my life is Les Mis, I’m the person building the barricade behind the scenes, when really I want to be on stage singing and waving the red flag.
So is there a point to all this?
Pursue your passions. When I was in the final stages of editing Chocolates in the Ocean, I woke up early in the morning and went to bed late. I didn’t notice time. I had butterflies in my stomach and a smile on my face.
That’s the feeling we should all have every day. And if we can’t have it for our jobs, we need to have it for something else.
Writing is a wonderful place to start.