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Have you ever noticed how many people cry at an opera performance? Then you’d know that most of those in tears don’t even understand the language the songs were written in.

Author Harrison Klein writes that it all has to do with passion. The transfer of this passion doesn’t need language; it is something everyone understands. Sadly, many people simply don’t feel that strongly about anything they do on a daily basis.

Leadership guru, John Maxwell, writes that successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. See, it’s all about how badly you want something.

True, many people badly want many things. Then why don’t they get them? Maybe it’s because they look at the path and not at the destination.

Maybe they get so bogged down and bored with the steps they have to take that they forget the feeling of passionate excitement the dream used to hold for them.

Author Martha Beck thinks this happens because we focus on the wrong things. She tells the story of how the same message kept getting through to her. It started with her first embarrassing horse riding lessons.

“Look in the direction you want to go,” her instructor said “Where your eyes go, the horse goes.”

Then Martha met a hockey player in an airport. They started talking and, for some reason, he told her: “When you’re trying to score a goal, never ever look at the goalie. Look at the spaces around the goalie, no matter how small they might be. Where your eyes go, the puck goes.”

Martha got on the plane and sat next to a kayaker. He told her: “When you’re in the rapids, never look at the rocks. Look at the water around the rocks. Where your eyes go, the boat goes.”

The message was clear: your life follows your attention. Wherever you look, you end up going. So, it’s not the path you have to know, but the destination. Sure you have to take baby steps in the right direction, but the path is a bit like a business plan and “your business plan is moot” says author Derek Sivers, once you actually start your business. You don’t know what it will be like until you start doing it.

Derek recently wrote a book, ‘Anything you want’, which is one of the very few business books that don’t focus on the awful energy of grasping that these kinds of books are usually based on.

Okay, actually it’s not a typical business book at all. It’s about living your passion, doing what matters most to you, knowing what makes you happy and going after that happiness in everything you do.

If you think that Derek’s book should be classed as motivational and not as a business book, then keep in mind that he sold his business for $22 million. Surely this amount of money should interest the business book readers. Derek founded CD Baby, the first website selling independent musicians’ work, in 1997. Before CD Baby there was no way music could be distributed without a record deal. Derek sold CD Baby in 2008 to start MuckWork, a new business to help musicians.

When he sold CD Baby, Derek gave the money to charity and lived without a house or a car. According to him you have to trust that you can make as much money as you need at any time with nothing but your own initiative. If you start out from a concept of abundance, you’ll have the confidence to know that you’ll have many more ideas.

This trust in abundance is a bit rare in our current economic climate. Cash is scarce, competition is ferocious and business is going through something which could be described as a pitiless process of evolution where only the most dynamic will survive.

According to Derek you can only be dynamic when something excites you. That is why, in everything you do, first go to the compass in your gut and ask yourself whether this excites you or drains you.

Say something keeps you up long after you should have gone to bed, but you’re so excited working on this thing and cannot imagine ever getting tired. Well, that’s what you should be doing. That’s where your encore will come from. So come on, Diva: passionato! Fortissimo!

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