Five Passion Principles for Business Success

A unique ingredient in the success of many companies MP900441047is the level of passion possessed by the leader and their ability to transfer that passion into the daily activities of the organization.

While some companies may have superior employees based upon academic background and accomplishment, and great product technology that differentiate them in the market; it is passion that is at the core of the secret sauce that successfully drives the business toward its vision.

It can be said that:

  • Passion is critical to success.
  • Passion can propel an average business ahead of its competitors because everyone is motivated by a belief that they are offering the best, serve the best, deliver the best and support the best.
  • Passion is contagious and when it is demonstrated from the top of the organization can reach all corners of the organization.
  • Passion is not something you get out of a book.

The following table lists five passion principles that have been instrumental in motivating companies to leaders in the marketplace. Ask yourself where your passion style is and how it is impacting those around you and your business.

Never Give Up

Never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill, British Statesman

Business challenges can be very discouraging and running a business is not for the faint of heart. Tough circumstances may indicate to many that they have failed but those who tenaciously hold onto the conviction that they and the business will succeed, often do.

The loss of a big sale, a strategic customer, or a principle employee can be major obstacles to success – if you let them.  Hang in there and look forward to the next day and the success that it can hold for you.

Focus on what is immediately in front of you and do not let a chaotic horizon overwhelm you. Do not let the trials of being in business become larger than they really are.  Seek perspective from others, evaluate your situation analytically, not emotionally, focus on your strengths and shore up your weaknesses but – Never Give Up.

Unlimited Enthusiasm

A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.

Charles M. Schwab, American Steel Magnate

Nothing can motivate a team or business like the unlimited enthusiasm of the leader.  You can try to convince yourself that people will work hard just because they work for you but it takes more than just a paycheck for a team and organization to be high achievers.

Attitude toward daily events can be make or beak for the business as to how they are handled.  Highly motivated and enthusiastic teams aggressively deal with challenges and successfully solve them in favor of the company.  Unbelievable schedules are met, difficult customers are won over, and employee shortcomings are overcome leading to growth and financial performance.

The leader of the business is the source of this unlimited enthusiasm and needs to be vigilant for events, circumstances, customers, and employees who negatively impact the enthusiasm of the business. Regular team building, motivation of key employees with positive conversations by the leader with employees by just walking around; the business can go a long ways to rebuild, sustain or amplify the enthusiasm of the business.

Passionately Curious

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. 

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

Passionate curiosity can raise the less talented to a high performance level whether they are creating the next big idea, solving a difficult customer problem, or developing a highly productive business process.  Doggedly pursing an answer can lead to discoveries and solutions that those with less curiosity would overlook or miss.

Do not allow complacency to grow in your business because things are going well.  Consistently encourage your organization to question what they and others do in a constructive way so that the most important issues are regularly examined that will improve customer experience, reach new customers and grow the business.

Successful businesses are not successful because of people who hit back-to-back home runs but by people who consistently hit singles and get on base.  They do not settle for the big play but carefully look at the detail of what they do in order to discover efficiencies, ineffective services, and non-value added activities that can be redirected to create value for the customer.

Courage Comes From Passion Not Position

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. 

John Maxwell, Author and Speaker 

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. 

Winston Churchill, British Politician

Courage does not come from sitting in a corner office or from the title on your business card.

Leading a business to fulfill an aggressive vision requires personal courage. The passion of the leader is the source of the courage to take significant risk to lead an organization to reach an aggressive vision. It is the leader’s passion that believes enough in themselves and the organization to successfully execute the steps necessary to overcome the unexpected and successfully fulfill the vision.

Passion is a positive factor in dealing with the daily expected and unexpected obstacles that will emerge on the way to fulfilling the vision.  Passion will drive the leader and the organization to develop creative solutions to deal with these obstacles.

Fire In The Belly

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. 

Ferdinand Foch, French Military Strategist

Those described as having “fire in the belly” are ready to fight with energy and determination for what they believe is right.  While the quote associated with this characteristic is associated with a military application it is also used in business as a metaphor for those who possess passion.

Those who are passionate about what they believe in regarding how a product should work, customers served or how employees should successfully work together will pursue their goals with high energy and determination because they feel they know what is right.

Summary Passion is a powerful attribute that can motivate you and others to achieve extraordinary accomplishments. Do you have passion about what you are doing? Are you inspiring others? If not, then possibly you are not passionate about what you are doing and may be in a phase of complacency.

Examine what you are doing and find your passion for what you are doing. As a leader you are to lead. Good leaders do not lead without a good dose of passion. Adopt one of the principles of passion above and become a passionate leader.

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