Monday, April 16, 2007


It had been sometime since I had met somebody who used that word. And he did use the word with some passion. Whatever you do, do it with passion. Nothing else will matter with time. Most people who have done something in their life are people with passion.

There is second category of people who use the word. But the way that they use it gives them away. These are desperate ones. Again, desperation is a very useful emotion. There are people who are successful because they were mainly desperate. It is also something that will take you to heights. But whose heights is the bigger question.

While people with passion will know where they are going, people who are desperate will not know where they are even if they are the most successful person around. Its like "Steve" in the movie "The Italian Job". He was pretty desperate and he managed to loot the others and take away all for himself. But in the end, he did not know what he had, rather what he wanted. So he landed up buying what the others had wanted to do with the loot.

Obviously, you would have met those that are sometimes desperate for something but have their ultimate passion in their mind always. Coincidences might lead them to keep their passion subdued for a brief period but it eventually boils over and permeates every sphere of their life. Most passionate people are ruthless in that they wouldn't give a second thought to you if you are a parasite. But if you have value, you won't find a greater customer for your offering. For it is they that know that the product of passion is always good.

Again don't confuse passion with obsession. Obsession is blind. It is always an end of the dark alley which leads to nowhere. One the issue for the obsession is behind, you don't know what else you can do, i.e. if you are still in your senses to think rationally. Such people usually end up dazed and disillusioned. Compare that with people who are passionate. Such people always are in the journey mode. There is no end to where they want to go, and no end to what they create in value.

So which are you, passionate or desperate??


I had chance to meet Shiv, and receive some tips on how to write. Here are a couple:
  1. Whatever you write, let it gestate for a couple of days and come back to it before publishing. If it does not make sense to you, it won't make sense to your readers.
  2. Keep a small notebook handy. Jot down your thoughts as they occur to you. Any of them could be the basis for your next piece.
Well, coming from her, I obviously did not doubt the veracity. This above post has been modified once since it was actually conceived, and yet it does not look too good to me. More effort required!!!