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  • Writer's pictureAnne Koch

The Power of Passion - How our passion gives us wings

Do you know the feeling of burning inside? The goosebumps that run down your arms like shivers when you talk about a topic you love? The sleepless nights when you make plans in your head about how to make your dreams and ideas come true?


"If we really want to make a difference, what we need above all is enthusiasm."

Dalai Lama


For the past 7 years, actually since I quit my job in a large corporation and went on a quest to find myself, I have been dealing with the topic of passion or enthusiasm. The question drove me around day and night: What do I REALLY want to do?

I read countless books and articles, exchanged ideas with people and always came to the conclusion: If you do what excites you, you will grow beyond yourself.

It doesn't have to be the big project, the big assignment. I often notice in these small moments, for example when I show the movie scene with Will Smith from "The Pursuit of Happiness" in one of my leadership trainings or have a lively discussion with my students about the movie "Eye Level", how my heart swells. Tears literally come to my eyes and I feel an infinite gratitude for the moment. For being allowed to be in this world to inspire others and infect them with my enthusiasm.

When you feel passion for something, you get into the flow. It doesn't feel heavy anymore, but you let yourself be carried by the feeling and suddenly everything is easy. Your ideas bubble up, your creativity grows beyond itself.

Take a few minutes and think about it:

  • What does passion mean to you?

  • When was the last time you had goose bumps while doing something, whether in a private or professional context?

  • When was the last time ideas just bubbled out of you?

  • When did a new idea keep you awake at night?

And then think about how you can communicate this theme to others. How you can infect others with your enthusiasm. How you can change the lives of your fellow human beings in the long term. By giving them new impulses.

Be a thought leader, pioneer, ambassador and source of light for others! Because, as Manfred Schweigkofler puts it, "Enthusiasm is the magic wand for transformation."

Twin Tip: By the way, if you feel passion for something, that's a good indicator of where your Purpose might lie. Take a look at our blog post "Living Purpose - Developing as a human being in a complex world".

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