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Having Passion - Where Does It Come From?

Updated on November 14, 2016

How do we get passion?

What is passion? I probably wrote this lens more for myself than anyone else. Passion fascinates me. I want to know how people get it and what motivates them to go on pursuing the things they need to pursue to maintain their passion.

You must do the things you do not want to do to do and maintain the things that you do want to do. Is that want separates the men (or ladies) from the boys or (girls)? And, do people who have strong passion ever procrastinate?

I read an interesting phrase once about getting things done. It went something like this: The difference between highly productive people and others is that the former are good at eating frogs. Doing the things they don't like so that they can get to the things they do like.

PASSION - Can be put to good or bad.

First we must know what it is. It is a strong and barely controllable emotion. A state or outburst of such emotion. Intense love for something or someone. Intense desire or enthusium for something. I think we could even say that Hitler had a passion for the wrong thing. If his determination could have been put to a good force instead of an evil one, what might have he created that would have been a good cause?

True Passion

A Will To Live

A young man is faced with one of the toughest decisions, if not the most difficult ever presented to himself:

On April 26, 2003, a lone hiker became trapped in the rugged mountains of Southern Utah. Aaron Ralston of Aspen Colorado had set out on Saturday for a 1-day hike near Canyonlands National Park to explore the canyon and practice his mountain-climbing techniques. An astute outdoors enthusiast, he was training for an expedition in Alaska's Denali National Park.

Without warning, a 40 cubic foot bolder weighing 600 to 800 pounds came loose from the mountainside he was climbing and crashed onto him, pinning his right arm. Ralston was left standing up, but was unable to move. Despite the severe pain, he felt sure he would be alright; he was accustomed to handling just about any situation.

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People with PASSION

Pioneers Who Built This Great Country Of Ours

Photo: Joseph Coors

Whether it is a burning desire to publish a magazine, set-up a college, establish a foundation that would educate people on conservative ideas, passion comes in different forms. Recently I read about the Coors family. If you guessed the famous Coors beer family, you are right. I was so impressed to hear about the story of Adolph Coors, who came from Germany and settled in Baltimore. He brought with him the training of beer making . Working his way westward, he held jobs as a bricklayer, stonecutter and finally brewery foreman in Illinois.

Once in Colorado, Adolph Coors and partner Schueler opened The Golden Brewery way before Colorado became the 38 state. Adolph lived off very little income putting all of his earnings back into his business. All investments were made in cash - none on credit. His brewery faced many battles. Once the creek rose high and flooded out much of the plant. At one point, Coors offered cash to buy out four families across the river so that he could carve a new trench and redirect the river's flow. He fought prohibition which made most of his business dealings illegal and along with his three sons was able to diversify into the porcelain business creating cooking utensils and scientific items; later having the U.S. government utilizing his porcelain in the creation of insulators.

Coors had fought union problems and tried hard to keep his company union free. He paid well, but Prohibition forced Adolph to ask his employees to take pay cuts which ended up in a strike. One of Coors sons, Adolph Jr. told his dad "No body...should ever tell this family how to run its own business." The family fought for independence and fairness and the whole family strongly believed in running a tight ship when it came to business. Education was also held at high esteem by all members of the family.

Adolph Coors died at the end of the Prohibition period and the three sons carried on the business. Adolph Jr. gained his education at Cornell University in chemical engineering. He had two boys, William and Joseph. Joseph followed in his grandfathers footsteps in the brewery business and was also educated at Cornell. Both brothers had chemical backgrounds and would be credited with pioneering a new brewing technique whereby beer would be filtered and packaged cold. Coors brothers also were responsible for the development of the first two-piece aluminum can. They were also way ahead of the times in recycling offering a 1 cent return on Coors aluminum cans in 1959.

The Coors children all went to public schools, lived modestly, drove regular old cars and learned about the business from the bottom up. The family had to once again fight the union in the '70s causing financial hardship via a boycott as well as one of their warehouses being bombed. Threats were made on Joseph's life. In 1960, Joseph's older brother, Adolph III was killed in a botched kidnapping attempt.

Joseph Coors became more involved in public affairs. He did not like the intrusion of the government. He despised encroaching powers restricting his freedom to run his enterprise as he saw fit. He became incensed at "entitlements" that seemed to permeate American culture His grandfather had arrived without a penny but became a millionaire in seventeen years through his own hard work and skill. Joseph felt this would not be possible again. He started looking for avenues that he could develop his philosophy and wanted to promote the values he believed in and was fostered by his grandfather.

Coors heard a speech by Ronald Reagan in behalf of Goldwater in 1964. He became involved in the supporting the campaign. Coors became an activist for the Republican cause but especially conservative beliefs. Joseph Coors became a national delegate from Colorado for the 1968 Republican convention in Miami.

Joseph Coors, through wanting to have an impact on the conservative cause, decided he could do this best by forming a foundation where his financial contributions could best make an impact. Through hiring a consultant and continued research, Coors became the founder of The Heritage Foundation, a political think tank. The Foundation produces policy papers, books, newsletters, and reviews of various policy-related issues that it delivered--often by hand--to one thousand members of Congress, its administration and over six thousand journalists, editors, academics and supporters.

Notes: Funding Fathers

Amazon of Great Things

What is your passion. I would love to hear from you. Is it writing, painting, teaching, music? How do you find the energy. Is it just there cause you have a burning desire to do this thing of passion?

Here are so books that may inspire and help push along your development.

A desire to create, to serve, to dedicate, to challenge, to ...

Passion - what is it? It is an intense or overpowing emotion such as love, joy, hatred or anger. A strong and barely controllable emotion. A state or outburst of such emotion. An intense love for something or someone. An intense desire or enthusiasm.

A Passion For Taking Pictures

I took this pic with my little digital Canon camera - I love color!

Link Along With Me.

Here are a few links that I wanted to share. I hope you will enjoy visiting them.

CARROT CAKE:

Is cooking your passion? Is your forte creating food masterpieces? I am not a master at it but I marvel when I see a creation the is beautiful and taste wonderful as well. I can share a carrot cake this is yummy.

  • Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups carrot pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F/degrees. Grease a 13"x9"x2" baking pan. Blender-chop nuts. Combine with dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Put oil, eggs and carrot pieces into blender container. Cover and process at "grind 3-4 cycles" or until finely grated. Add to dry ingredients, mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Frost while warm with the following Creamy Glaze. (see next module)
Cast your vote for Is Your Passion Creating The Best Out Of Food?

Creamy Glaze

This is the follow-up glaze for my carrot cake above.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon light cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except confectioners' sugar into blender container. Cover and process at "whip" until smooth. Add 1 cup confectioners' sugar, cover and continue to process at "blend" until smooth. Add remaining sugar, continue to blend until smooth. Use as a glaze for cakes or sweet rolls.

Please tell me what your passion is and if you have a statement on how you developed it, please share.

FROM MY WONDERFUL PASSIONATE READERS - What's Your Passion?

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I'm passionate about art. I've always loved to doodle and went to school for graphic arts. I want to go back to school and learn some more! Love your passionate lens :)

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      .I have a passion for history, for trying to understand how people, who were just the same as we are now, behaved in their societies.I've been hooked on history since I was 9, majored in history, taught history and, yes, I talk about every day

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Thank you "skiesgreen" for your comment. I know what you mean about knowledge. I am pretty much a self-taught person myself. I love to take a class, read or just listen to a stimulating conversation...so much to learn. Appreciate your comment.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Perhaps my passion is absorbing knowledge. From earliest childhood recollections I was trying to figure out what the world was all about and why people believe what they do. From then on my brain has never ceased absorbing information. This lens is now featured on Brain Matters. Well done.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Truth be known, I guess I am just passionate about life. There are so many things I enjoy. I simply don't have time for the rest. Fabulous article, btw! LOL

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My deepest passion (outside my family, of course) is BASEBALL. I didn't 'develop' it, it's just always been there. I love baseball! :) I know, it's nothing earth-shattering, but it makes me happy :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My deepest passion (outside my family, of course) is BASEBALL. I didn't 'develop' it, it's just always been there. I love baseball! :) I know, it's nothing earth-shattering, but it makes me happy :)

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      @Jack2205: Oh, thank you angel...what a nice blessing indeed!

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Very nice lens.

      You have to get over being self conscious.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      I am hoping all those Passionate folks will share their secrets.