Some Thoughts About Passion

Some Thoughts About Passion

It’s been a very long time since my last post, but, hey, I’ve been to the Himalayas – more specifically Bhutan – and back: more about that at some other time. Meanwhile, if your interest is piqued, read the article in the current issue of our newsletter, The Opening Bell, called “The Perfect Invitation” at

But back to my October 7 blog post, “The Dancer, Part 2”, and her “exquisite burden”. Many of you may still be scratching your head about it. Even among people who follow their passions, this degree of determination, dedication, and sense of “calling” is pretty rare. Ever heard of Herzog?

While there are many people who know what their passions are, and follow them to one degree or another, what is much more common, I’m afraid, is the number of people who struggle with the whole concept of passion itself. I have done coaching with many of these people over the years. In fact, they have come to see me for that very reason. They don’t think they have any passions, and they feel terrible about it. They feel defective, as if they are missing a gene or missing out on this intangible source of full life. They think if only they knew what/where this missing link was, they would know what to do with the rest of their lives. They are sad, even depressed. Sometimes, they are mad.

But guess what? We inevitably discover their passions. They just haven’t known how to look.

All of this has me wanting to resurrect an article I wrote for the Piedmont Post a couple of years ago called, “How to Follow Your Passion When You Don’t Know What It Is. I hope it will open up a fresh conversation about the whole topic of passion. It seems to be on people’s minds and lips.

Meanwhile, before you even read what I have to say on the subject, what do you have to say? Do you have a comment? A story? A frustration? An “exquisite burden”? A dream? I will post your responses and will respond. Until then …

Our dear Bonnie Bonetti-Bell was the force behind our Career/Life Coaching services, until her passing in 2019. As a principal of our firm, Bonnie had an innate talent for seeing the best in people. Moreover, she helped others see the best in themselves. Bonnie is fondly remembered and deeply missed.

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