Archive for July, 2007

Commitment and Passion

As a scoutmaster I used to tell the lads they should find their passion in life and it will lead to happiness. I tried to get them to think about their Eagle Project in the same way. They should first find a cause they believe in and then do a project that will be meaningful and lasting. The boys that listened found that they enjoyed the hard work and were more committed to the project because they believed in what they were doing. The last line of the new Harry Potter movie sums it up when Harry’s says to his friends (something like), “I now know we are different (from Voldemort and his army) because we know why we are fighting.” Isn’t this true for business too?

Your business must be committed to what it does or it would not exist. Do you still have a passion for it? If not today, did you have it when you started? If you have lost the passion for what you do then find a nice “rock to sit on in the woods” and think back on why you chose your path. If the path chooses you…look for a reason to have passion for your work. Besides bringing meaning and maybe happiness to what you do for most of your waking hours, it is also the message you want to shout out to your customers. They want to do business with people who have a commitment and passion for what they do. They know the outcome will usually be better if people really care.

Commitment is very important if you want success at any level. I recently read an internet article that said, “Possibly the best description of commitment is “persistence with a purpose”…. “Webster defines commitment as: “the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose…..” It seems that half of commitment is persistence and the other half is purpose….

Purpose: “An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions….”
Webster’s Dictionary

What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.

Buddha (563 BC-483 BC)

Be not simply good; be good for something.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

All successful businesses have a greater purpose than making money…… Purpose is why we do what we do. It gives meaning to getting up every morning. I believe it combines passion (which is an emotional response), a desire to serve or help people and a plan. Customers like doing business with people who are committed to what they do. Committed people work harder…..

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance(s) permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
Quote from the internet

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”
Mae West (Actress)

The Reynolds Group believes that an effective website is well planned and clearly shows the domain’s commitment and passion in the first few seconds it is viewed. What is your company’s purpose, why you can be trusted and how you can help are the questions internet travelers ask. Show them that you love what you do and are fully commitment to the task and they will come with their hearts and wallets open. Furthermore, if you post a written copy of your purpose or mission in the lunchroom so associates can read it too, your business will benefit. People work harder and smarter if they know “why they are fighting…..”

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Vince Lombardi