Is Your Passion Your Personal Alarm Clock In The Morning?

Would you agree with the idea that individuals who follow their passion tend to be happy and healthy?

Imagine how empowered you would feel on a consistent basis if you were operating with alignment of your passion and your life path. Imagine how satisfying it would feel to live life in congruence with your vision. 

When you follow your passion that means what you do in your life stays consistent with how you view your life should be, your internal self-image. When how you define yourself is in accordance with the outside world the resonance has a profound effect in your life and in your career.

A recent interview with Jonty Yamisha, CMO of Coverdell, parent company of Carefree Dental reveals how passion can have a positive impact on both a career and on overall wellbeing.

CF: What does Passion mean to you?
JY: Passion is a feeling when one is overwhelmed with positive feelings stemming from an activity, interest or accomplishment. In my personal life, I am passionate about my family, as they represent all three of these: I am immensely interested in the well-being and development of my loved ones; my family represents my greatest personal accomplishment, and I spent a tremendous amount of time performing activities with my family. In my professional life, my passion revolves around my career, and ensuring that I am able to earn a living by helping others.

CF: How much Passion do you experience daily?
JY: I can't quantify this with a figure, but I live with passion in my life every day. I don't know any other way to live. I enjoy what I do for a living, and when I am not occupied with work, I am spending time with my family. When I am doing neither of those, I am typically engaged in personal enrichment, either via athletic activity, reading or learning new skills. (I love learning new languages.)

CF: What are you most passionate about? and how has your Passion helped you?
JY: I am most passionate about the development of people-- myself, my loved ones, my community, and the world at large-- in that order. Every day, I attempt to make myself a better person by doing something new, different or challenging. This might relate to an athletic activity (pushing my personal limits), observing others (learning from the world at large), reading some new materials (history or politics, for example), or learning a new language (I try to learn a new language every year). Amongst my family and loved ones, I have three small children, and my wife was born abroad. So whether I am helping my pre-teen navigate social trials at school or helping my 17-month old learn how to walk better, there is always something to do... I also spend a lot of time talking with my wife about how the US compares / contrasts to where she grew up, and help her unravel the mysteries of the English language, which she is still learning. I am also very active in non-profit work, for my local community, and for broader communities (such as people abroad displaced by war.)

CF: Do you have Passion for your business? If so, how has it affected your success?
JY: I don't know how anyone can NOT be passionate about his / her business and be successful (in the long run). I am the CMO of an insurance organization, and every day, my challenge is balance two goals: 1) To economically acquire new customers for my products, and 2) Make sure that the value end of this equation is as helpful to those customers as it is to my organization. I won't lie.. it's difficult to be passionate about a dental plan, but it is quite easy to be passionate about building a great business and a great place to work while also helping individuals and families access valuable medical (dental) care that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

CF: Do you have Passion in your relationships? If so, how has it affected your happiness?
JY: I am one of those person who draws a clear line between an acquaintance and a friend. In my life, the former is enormous, whilst the latter can be counted on one hand. I am a personable person, but I have never been a fan of small talk or shallow relationships. This is because I am very passionate about the friendships / business relationships that I hold. This approach makes me very happy because I know that every interaction really counts.

CF: It is well known that passion is a common characteristic displayed by many dynamic chief marketing officers. It is common amongst all successful individuals across all pursuits of excellence.

Many great people speak to passion as a key element in life.

"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
- Nelson Mandela

"No alarm clock needed; my passion wakes me."
- Eric Thomas

“In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent."
- Pete Docter

"Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing."
- Hunter S. Thompson

"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."
- Oprah Winfrey

"You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out."
- Steve Jobs

"Chase your passion not your pension."
- Denis Waitley

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."
- Vincent Van Gogh

"Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures."
- Joseph Campbell

"Drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash."
- Richard Branson

Not only will a passion drive you to success, it will empower key aspects of your life and benefit the people in your life like a ripple effect. Everyone benefits when you have mastered yourself. Passion is the driver for persistence and success. 

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