“Take your passion, make it happen You can have it all now, you’re dancing through your life….” (words from “Flashdance”, written by Keith Forsey & Irene Cara)
I’ve always been a fairly excitable and expressive teacher who loved his work and his subject areas and put all into his teaching and leading, and worked hard to achieve satisfaction in a wide variety of roles in education.
Yet it was a parent in 1997, Charles Kovess (CEO Kovess International) who, in saying that I was ‘passionate’ educator, introduced me to the phrase “Passionate People Produce”. Initially I thought the mantra was just a bit of ‘spin’, especially since the Charles had published a book by the same title (Passionate People Produce, Nacson & Sons 1997), but I have learnt to see the wisdom of his philosophy.
To quote the opening sentence of the introduction to his book “I believe that finding one’s passion, and then pursuing it, is the key to a life of fulfilment, of achievement, of learning”. Kovess then addresses some simplified meanings of passion:
• What you ‘love’ to do
• What ‘spontaneously arouses’ you
• What ‘excites’ you
• A guidepost toward our true purpose
Recognising a ‘passionate’’ person Kovess suggests: “such persons exude energy, power, excitement, drive and commitment. Their eyes sparkle, they are fully alive. They impact on us in a special way.”
Finding your passion and pursuing it
Chris Guillebau “The art of non-conformity” in an Elluminate Live Webinar ( www.FutureofEducation.com ) on 20/5/11 recommended the following approach
1. What excites you, gets you out of the bed in the morning? (for example, teaching, a job)
2. What bothers you? – If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?
3. What is the connection between 1 & 2: most people don’t know 4. Don’t be afraid to try things – the broader the experiences the better because they help you discover the answer to question 1.
A passionate educator
Does teaching excite you? In your everyday activities ‘at work’ do others see you as exuding energy, drive and commitment? Do you genuinely ‘love’ what you do?
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart,…you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs
I believe that I as an educator I have found, and am pursuing my passion. How does this concept resonate with you?