PASSION BEATS ALL
WRITTEN BY KARAN TELI
‘You can change anything. Your face, your home, your family, your girlfriend, your religion, your God. But there’s one thing you can’t change. You can’t change your passion.’ A quote from The Secret in Their Eyes (FYI one of the best foreign films I’ve seen).
That quote resonates with me a lot. Finding life fulfilling passion is hard. You have to be lucky. If you’re extremely lucky, you find it at a young age. But it isn’t like that for everyone. Myself included. When I was 10 years old I didn’t know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life or any idea what my biggest passion was. I didn’t even know when I was 18; all I knew was that I was going to university, because that’s what everyone does, right?
University teaches you a lot; both academically and personally. The most important thing I learnt at university was that the person you are when you leave is more important than the degree you leave with. Don’t get me wrong; the degree is amazing to have. The feeling on graduation day; surrounded by proud family and friends is a great feeling. But it is only a day. Reality comes back fast.
You meet people or go to job interviews and you tell them the degree you got that you’re so proud of; okay…then what? They want to know what you learnt outside of class. What did university actually teach you? What kind of person are you actually or are you just another person with a degree? There is a lot of people with a degree.
But, that’s where passion comes in. If you’ve got passion, people don’t have to ask you about it; you’ll already be talking about it. You won’t have to tell them it’s your passion, they’ll know by your tone of voice, your body language, your face. My university degree has nothing to do with who I am. My university experience has everything to do with who I am. Music, fashion and sports are the things I love the most. Always have been. But at university, I learnt that writing, creating and being part of a team that aims to create something that is everlasting is my passion. Two very different things. I sure as hell didn’t learn that when I was studying Criminal Law.
That’s not a knock to Law. That’s someone’s passion. The thing that someone lives for, not matter what day it is, what mood there in, what’s going on in their personal or professional life; passion is passion. It doesn’t just go away. If you don’t think about your passion and your craft everyday; then it probably isn’t your passion. If you don’t work harder then you ever thought you even could to be successful with your passion; then it probably isn’t your passion.
People don’t want to work with degrees. They want to work with people. They don’t want to have conversation with degrees. They want to have conversations with people. Think about it; would you hire someone who couldn’t stop talking about their degree, but when you asked that what they really love doing or what they’re passionate about, they couldn’t tell you?
I was 20 years old when I discovered my passion and what I wanted to do with my life. Kobe Bryant was 3 years old when he discovered his. There are people who have come and gone without ever finding theirs. Everyone runs a different race, and if you’re lucky enough to find that passion, run with it.