One of the ways we can energize our ambitions and more fully use our talents is to become more aware of our real passions.
And one way to do that is to enjoy characters in films, and pay attention to how we feel about them and their actions.
In his article James Bond Has It – Do You?, Mike Litman provides an intriguing perspective on the enduring action character.
“Yesterday I saw the new James Bond movie,” he writes. “It was awesome. Put aside in your mind for a moment that James Bond is a character. Fiction. James Bond has a tough job. No doubt. He has to dodge bullets and bad guys.
“Look at his lifestyle though. In the movie, he was staying in posh hotels in the Bahamas, Miami, and other amazing cities… The car he was driving was out of this world. I know it’s a movie. I know it’s fake, but there’s a lesson here. James Bond is GREAT at what he does.
“One of my mentors gave me this priceless wisdom years ago. He said, Identify a hobby, expertise, interest, or passion, something you enjoy. Make sure the market has money to spend. Discover their problems and have them pay you to solve them. Then cash your checks.”
Photo: Eva Green and Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale.”
Here is a related quote from Green: “You’ve got to have desire, otherwise you just die. A lot of people, they’re 80 or 90 years old, and they die because they have nothing left to live for. It makes you alive if you have something you want in life. My first drama teacher was very passionate – she was full of energy – it was all about work, work work, then you can achieve something that is beyond your limits.” [imdb.com]
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The Passion Test site provides a number of ways to explore passions and interests – including a free test.
Here is an excerpt of a longer post on The Passion Test blog, titled “Heart vs. Mind” – by Chris and Janet Attwood:
“Remember that your passions are connected to your heart, not your mind. Anytime you find yourself thinking about your answers, this is an indication that your mind is engaged rather than your heart.
“Your head will only create a muddle, keeping you trapped in the 3 things that prevent anyone from living a passionate life, false beliefs, false concepts and false ideas.”
Here is a screenshot of part of the front page of The Passion Test – visit the site to see video and take the free test.
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Also see more quotes on the Talent Development Resources site page Passion.