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Zero Talent Series: Passion

Many of us will readily synonymize Abraham Lincoln with heroism and great leadership but the story was not always like that.

‘As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858.

In 1860, he became the 16th President of the United States.

Sometimes you will hit a brick wall, run at a loss, lose that contract, fail, but even when you want to give up, passion gives you the strength to rethink, strategize and fight back. You simply shake off the setback and move forward.

Holding the 4th spot on our zero talent leadership characteristics is Passion.


Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something – Wikipedia.  You can’t achieve much success without passion for what you do and this is because that’s what keeps you going.

Passion is key to success.

What passionate people do?

A deep sense of purpose

Their clear sense of purpose informs their attitude, decisions and determination to be selfless.  Purpose gives passionate people direction.

They Serve

Passionate people serve others and they do it excellently (service excellence). They focus on giving than receiving, solving problems than creating one.

Even service to others brings transformation.

They are excited

Passion breeds energy, energy brings excitement. Although, excitement is an emotion, it has strong physiological responses that uplift us and makes us active, thereby positively affecting output.

Passionate people live every day with the anticipation of great things.

They are Doers

It is not enough to be excited and enthusiastic about what you do, passionate people back their excitement with action. They don’t procrastinate, they accelerate.

“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing” – Pablo Picasso

Hungry for Knowledge

Knowledge they say is power. Passionate people realize that no one knows it all so they continually seek to improve. They study, research, ask questions and welcome constructive criticisms.

They Never Quit

Passionate people never quit on any task, they follow it through until they get results. Even if they fail, they restrategize and try again.

They are courageous.

They are not restricted by fear. They do what they have to.

They are accountable.

Passionate people learn to have others hold them accountable to channel their energy in the best possible way. This is very important.

Other Characteristics

  • Focus
  • Positivity
  • Bravery
  • Self-Motivation
  • Curiosity


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