April 9, 2009

Passion for the subject

"In almost any subject your passion for the subject will save you".
~ William James (source)

4 comments:

  1. I believe this to be true, but then again, how can one develop passion for his chosen subject? :)

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  2. Hi Nikolay,

    Thanks for your comment! Yes, there is a chicken and egg problem there, isn't there? But, ok, once you know what your passion is, you can follow it and it will further develop, I guess.

    By the way I myself would put it slightly different than William James. What works well for me is to follow my fascination. And the nice thing about it is that this isn't a fixed thing. It constantly develops. My fascinations always seems to stay ahead of me. So I can keep following it. This keeps me busy and interested.

    all the best,
    Coert

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  3. I think a true passion
    is rarely chosen but just emerges when you get inspired by someone or something. True passion generates energy and is contagious:
    "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel" (Quote from Carl Buechner)

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  4. Hi Patricia, Yes, it is emergent and it develops in unpredictable ways

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