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I watched a musical video which in my opinion, a lot of money was spent producing it. My reason for making that conclusion was because of the expensive costumes and dancers that were used to shoot it. Till now, that awful lyrics and unpalatable symphony would not leave my head.

In spite of the high cost of production, without apologies, the music was one of the worst I’ve ever heard since I became an adult. Come to think of it, I watched this musical video over 20 years ago. The most disgusting aspect of it was that, the various television stations kept playing the song over and over again, as if by doing that, people will be lured into purchasing the LP.

As I daily, by compulsion, watched this musical, since there were limited television stations in my country those days, I kept wondering who on earth, advised this female singer to venture into an unfamiliar territory. Even if she sang with so much passion, it was obvious that she wasn’t cut out for that profession. This brought me to the conclusion that passion alone may not be the yardstick for measuring the level of success in a profession. What defines a passion may be different from what makes a true and successful profession.

I know a lot of people that would want to be doctors; they have a passion for it, but they can’t balance a chemical equation, and they can’t solve the simplest problem in algebra. Tell me, if their passion can make them become doctors. I also know some people that have a passion for writing. The same people don’t know where simple punctuations should be. Will their passion take them anywhere?

A couple of years ago, I had to change my mobile phone number because of one of my cousins that kept calling me day and night. He wanted to come to England to play professional football, and he needed my help. Not that I didn’t want to help, but all my life, I have never seen him kick a ball. Suddenly, as the weekly earnings of professional footballers sporadically soared, my cousin equally developed the passion to become one of the best footballers on earth at age 26. Not only did he develop the passion, he also immediately became 16, in order to qualify for one of the youth academies. At first, I did all I could to tutor him on the multiple reasons why he should dissuade from his line of decision, but the more I spoke, the more I became an elder brother that wasn’t interested in his progress. The best option was to change my number so that he will stop waking my children up in the middle of the night with his incessant phone calls.

The passion that doesn’t have a direct connection with a person’s strength is weakness. Passion is a strong love for something, but for the fact you love it does not mean you know it. You can only know it if it is your talent, gift or skill. For this, I do tell most people to be careful of passion if it lacks the strength of purposeful skill.

One major problem attached to developing misdirected passion is the crave to become popular. There are certain professions or talents that are meant for the stage, and there are some that are backstage. The ones that are meant for the stage have celebrity inclination, while the backstage doesn’t. Anything with celebrity status has fame, so, most people are tempted to flow with that current even if it may carry them to unknown destinations, or maybe, sometimes, drown them. For this, some people lose their personalities, and want to become the look-alike of their idols. This in turn results in personality disorder.

The best way to follow in life is who you were born to be. If you follow another person’s uniqueness, you will live a confused life because it takes the owner of a road to know its various junctions. Treading on unfamiliar territories makes you a stranger. Some people have taken hard earned passions into strange lands, and as a result, turned their passions into weaknesses. Your passion can become weakness if you direct it to where you are skill-less, untalented, or ungifted. When your passion becomes weakness, look inward to see if you’re actually walking with purpose or just being pompous.


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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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