Is It Passion or Sheer Tenacity?

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~Walter Bagehot

I’m not a Darwinist. I don’t believe the take Darwin had on creation. Still, once in a while I’ll run across a quote from someone who did, and it has a truth that resounds with me…such as the one this particular blog was begun with. Bagehot was also a British businessman, economist, political journalist, and critic.

I have a daughter that some would say has a stubborn tenacity about her. If she has a passion about something, stay out of her way, because she will fight for it no matter how long it takes to see it come to fruition. She’s had her share of having to let go, but that never happens until she’s sure it cannot be resurrected…which takes a great deal of time, sweat, and tears. You’ve got to admire that kind of passion.

The definition of tenacity is simply “persistent determination”. Passion is “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.” When the two marry, we have what we need to face any difficulty, any challenge, any resistance. In the absence of either, it’s not going to happen. You might as well find another profession.

To have tenacity without passion, our lives will be filled with sadness. We will work with little satisfaction. There will be no lasting satisfaction in our chosen profession or in anything actually. We’ll go home at the end of the day, tired and discouraged. It is the passion, the love for what we do, that keeps our tenacity exciting.

When passion is present, we can do what others say we cannot.