After all of my extensive research into the causes of wealth and success there is one thing that stands out above everything else. Passion. The wealthiest of all of the successful individuals I have studied have this more than anything else. Passion trumps education. Passion trumps work ethic. Passion trumps intelligence. Passion trumps working capital. Passion trumps skills and years of technical proficiency. Passion trumps any advantage those who lack passion might have in life. Those few who find passion in something simply blow the doors off those who lack passion. It is not even a competition. Passion is like a light switch. When it is turned on it triggers a domino effect of other success characteristics. It is the catalyst for all success. It creates persistence, focus, fosters learning, instills a work ethic even in the laziest of individuals. Passion overcomes every obstacle, every mistake, every failure. Nothing can stand in the way of a person with passion. These people never quit and so they never fail.
Passion occurs when you find your main purpose in life. Having a main purpose is the key. It is the magic, secret ingredient to success because it makes passion possible. I’ve talked at length many times about finding your main purpose in life so I won’t repeat myself here. But understand this – when you find your main purpose in life you know it. It’s not something you ponder. It hits you over the head like a hammer. You never wonder if you found your main purpose in life. If you are unsure if you are pursuing your main purpose in life, rest assured you aren’t. When you are following your main purpose in life there are no doubts. It renders everything else in your life secondary. You become a slave to your main purpose. The passion it creates becomes all consuming. When you find it, you will know it.