A state of gratitude
“I love to act because it’s the only aspect of my life beside God and family that I am truly passionate about on a daily basis.”
Michael Ealy continues,
“I thank God for not only the gift of creative expression but also surrounding me with others who both possess the gift and support it to the fullest.” [imdb.com]
[Photo from his Facebook page.]
A number of writers have emphasized these spiritual and emotional dimensions of creativity and personal success.
Wayne Dyer said people he calls connectors have developed a “harmonious connection with the field of intention.. have made themselves available for success… they’re always in a state of gratitude.”
[One of his books: The Power of Intention]
Exuberance and hypomania
Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison notes hypomania, a kind of cousin to passion, can be creative fuel, and thinks “A passion for life, an exuberant temperament, allows people to do things they wouldn’t be able to do if they didn’t have it.”
[One of her books: Exuberance : The Passion for Life]
Passion breeds success
Entrepreneurs and creative people, including actors, who love what they do “are more apt to be successful,” notes career change writer and workshop leader Valerie Young.
She adds in her article 10 Steps to Escape the Job World and Create the Life You Really Want that you can discover your passion “by paying attention to situations or things that grab and keep your attention. … What types of things did you love to do as a child? What kinds of characteristics or talents do others compliment you on?”
But many people may find the advice to “Find your passion” to be useless or even fearful.
Author Daniel Pink has said, “I find that question very daunting: What’s your passion? I find that almost paralyzing, in a way. I find it less paralyzing to say, What are you interested in doing next?”
From my post It takes more than feeling passionate.