Passion is not enough to be successful

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Passion is not the only thing that will help you reach YOUR treat.

“You have to be passionate about it to be successful.”

How many times have you heard this? It's everywhere, everyone is saying it, and everyone believes it. The problem with this statement is that it's only a tip of the iceberg. It is really a  disservice to tell someone that passion breeds success. You can't make an apple pie if you only have apples. Success has many ingredients, and passion is only one of them.

Patience

Patience is an  enormous  part of success. It takes time to build success. Sometimes it happens quickly, but majority of the time overnight successes took several years to happen. In these instances people see the concert, but fail to grasp the magnitude of labor put in to plan and execute that concert.

Passion  will help you be patient, but it wears off from time to time. Especially when you fail, fail, and then fail some more. It becomes tedious. You begin watching the clock or the calendar. The time slows down and you begin to lose passion as your patience begins to disappear. This is when you need to be determined to get through the tough times.

Determination

Without determination passion would be nothing but a word. Pursuing your passion, professionally or personally, takes time and effort. Most likely you will fail the first time around, even the second or the third. But determination to be successful will help you keep going, it is your little engine that keeps pounding away. It is the will to defy the odds that fuels that passion.

Commitment

You got your engine to drive you forward and you're willing to wait, but the  road trip  is not complete without the commitment to stay on track. This is where most dreams and ideas fail to be executed. You are not committed to the success, not the dream or the idea, but to the success itself. Maybe you're even afraid of  commitment, that happens too. Just like a relationship, passion won't fix lack or fear of  commitment. It is up to you to  commit  to success and stay on track.

Flipping the coin

On the other side, I came to realize, that success can breed passion. My personal example is event planning. Not once did I consider event planning to be part of my future. When I got involved with event planning, helping organize an annual convention for a non-profit I never thought that it will grow on me and I will develop a passion for it. But I did.

Planning and executing successful conventions for the organization spurred an emotional appeal and desire for event planning. I was good at it and I really enjoyed it. This bring me to my last point, knowing when you stop.

Acceptance

Entrepreneurs have a hard time letting go of something they are passionate about. If it's not making you money, it's not a business it's a hobby. We know it. But we fail to accept it. Most of us can't afford pursuing passion without return on that investment. We're not millionaires, and if we were, we'd know better than to pursue something that is not profitable. To make hobbies profitable, you have to be good at it. That's where we paint a really nice picture for others, full of false hopes. This is why people can't accept it. We fail to mention that you have to be good at it to make it work and be profitable.

This is especially true when you're trying to turn a hobby into a profession. You have to be good at it. If you're bad or mediocre, business won't be that good. Plus, if you're like me, you would hate producing anything below good. Even good makes me shiver and pushes me to GREAT!

If you're patient, determined, committed and passionate about something you're doing you have to realize that there will be a point in the near future where you will have to decide: go or no-go.

This is not giving up or  quitting! Not at all. You've done it and it didn't work out. You've failed. Congratulations! Now you can learn what worked and didn't work, ACCEPT IT, and redirect your efforts to something new. Take that knowledge, experience, and connections to a whole new level; to whole new project.

My ordeal

Photography was my life and it was supposed to be my future. But mediocre results don't really agree with me. I've been photographing since 2006; and even quit U.S. Navy to pursue a career in photography (photojournalism, to be specific). That's what I'm doing right now, finishing up my BA in Photojournalism. 20 (or so) credits away from being done!

I'm passionate about photography, I love it and always will. But, I think I'm at the point where I finally realized that photography is my hobby and will never be a profession. I'm at the point of “no-go.”

When you put in time, effort, and try to do your best – and yet, you still produce mediocre results you have to ask yourself “Is this really what I should be doing?”

In my case, it turns out that I'm more successful as an event planner, businessman, and marketer. As much as I love photography, it seems to be something that I'll never be able to produce GREAT results constantly. Occasionally it does happen, but occasionally won't pay the bills and put food on the table.

It seems like all the elements are there to be successful, now I just got to keep driving forward with my current business endeavors, which one of them is www.viktorix.com

Using my knowledge and experience in photography will give me far better creative edge than what my competition might have. Combining verticals drives innovation!

To recap. Yes, you do need passion to be successful but passion alone won't do it. You need patience, determination, commitment, acceptance, and worthy results to be successful. Crap doesn't cut it anymore. Cutting your  unsuccessful  passion lose can be one of the greatest moments in your life, far greater than the one when you decided to pursue it.

Do you think I'm missing something? What do you think helps people succeed?

Photo by Travis Lawton

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Matt Sharper
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i HIGHLY agree too many people think jsut because i am passionate about something then the money will follow hell no.

Viktor Nagornyy
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Thanks for the comment Matt. Passion is like a bandwagon, you still need a donkey or a horse to move it forward.

Leonard Evenson
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Leonard Evenson

All the things you’ve listed are important for success. You have to know what your goal is and pursue it with all your might. And when you feel you’re in over your head, you can always get help by employing a virtual assistant. I know, because I’ve been through this. I was contemplating a lot over employing someone, and I made the right decision. I wanted to be very careful, because with online interviews you need to know you really found a good assistant. I use this employee monitor software which connects us in real time and it sends me… Read more »

Leonard Evenson
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Leonard Evenson

All the things you’ve listed are important for success. You have to know what your goal is and pursue it with all your might. And when you feel you’re in over your head, you can always get help by employing a virtual assistant. I know, because I’ve been through this. I was contemplating a lot over employing someone, and I made the right decision. I wanted to be very careful, because with online interviews you need to know you really found a good assistant. I use this employee monitor software which connects us in real time and it sends me… Read more »

Jacquie Lewis-Kemp
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Wow. You hit the nail on the head when you say passion is not the end all. I too am passionate about a lot of things. Which ones are hobbies and which ones will pay the bills–I don’t know either.  I think you are correct in making a decision about continuing. I had to make a similar call about my father’s manufacturing business. It was tough; my father had died, and I ran the business for 8 years. I enjoyed it, and even became passionate about it (as passionate as you can get about making automotive components). But the economy… Read more »

Viktor Nagornyy
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Hi Jacquie,
Thanks for your comment. I absolutely agree with you too, our parent’s and grandparent’s legacy lives on in our hearts, the hearts of our children. It is passed from generation to generation as each gives life to another =)

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