A lot of us have been asked to pursue our passion in life but I have found this to be a big deception. You and I know people who are passionate about their job yet they hate the job. A lot of people assume that when you are passionate in life that you will succeed. This is very wrong. You can only succeed in life if you can find your rest. But what is the difference between your passion in life and your rest in life.
You passion is what drives and motivates you to want to do something while your rest is what you do so effortlessly that you do not consider it as work. When you are in your rest, you will be in a zone where you will not notice the passage of time.
With your passion in life, you go after it with energy and zeal but though you are enjoying it, it will be sapping energy from you. Your rest though will refresh you. This is the rest that God told the Israelites they will not enter when the 12 spies gave an evil report of what they saw in the land. Its the kind of rest that Paul was talking about in the bible.
But here is a personal experience of knowing when you are in your rest and not in your passion in life. I normally fast from morning to 6 pm every Monday but for some reason, I was suddenly feeling like I will pass out when it was just 4 pm last Monday. I was so hungry that I wanted to grab any food around and eat. I somehow though managed to drag myself to a strategy session I was having with Justeen pharmaceutical management team. When I got to the meeting, I was almost passing out but when we started, all the desire for food disappeared because I was talking about how they they grow their sales. Before I knew what was happening, it was already 8.40 pm.
Addressing business challenges is my area of rest and when I am in a business with a business challenge, every weakness disappears. But I remember when I was in marketing. I was passionate about marketing but I knew that it was consuming a lot of energy from me.
The irony of this is that people leave their area of rest and go after their passion in life. My wife’s area of rest is Montessori teaching. Once she starts talking about Montessori, you will think that its Maria Montessori herself speaking. But because this flows so effortlessly from her, she does not see any value in it despite the fact that most teachers find this teaching method almost impossible to grasp. Her passion in life is to be a Medical doctor but her rest is Montessori.
She will enjoy Medicine but I don’t think she will become significant in it. In Montessori, I am very sure she will be a person of significance.
Your passion in life can make you very good in what you do but only your REST can make you a person of great significance and influence.
Stop following your passion in life rather, focus on finding what gives you rest. Find it and you have found the key to your wealth vault.