I am passionate. Why not?

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This is going out again for that special someone who does not “get” it. Get real. Be real. 

 

I would guess that most of my fomer teachers in school would say one of two things about me.  Some might  say I am a compulsive over achiever. And, some might just say I am compulsive. ( or neurotic, but I dropped his class anyway).
Then there would be that one really cool teacher…forgot his name of course,but he was a young guy at the University of Arizona (Bear Down Arizona!) and he was my instructor for some sort of public speaking class.  When it was my turn to do a speech ( and we did them 3x per week) I would get so excited about my topic,whatever it was, that I would start talking really fast, and  I talk really fast on a slow day already, and sometimes wave my arms about to illustrate a point and generally get a bit loud . People would critique you  as part of the class and that was always my downfall. “You talk to fast”, “You get overly excited”, “You need to calm down “. WHAT?
CALM DOWN? ME?  I hate those words.
So, getting to my point here…Mr. Young whatshisname, pulled me aside one day after class and rather sternly told me to ignore anyone who tells me to calm down. He said and I quote ” Passion is found in few people these days. If you are passionate about something, anything, you are real. And, real people are what makes life interesting.” (And he also said that I did not talk fast but that others “listened slow” (ly).) I do not recall much else from the class but in that ghastly and awkward phase of my life, he gave me permission to be the real deal, flapping arms, fast talking , excitable, argumentative, neurotic that I am.   It was my tipping point.

Now, years later, I am still passionate about things like politics and religion; independent opinions and critical thinking skills and how they are soooo not taught in schools today.  But most of  my passion is “spent” during my work day. Sure it is trite. But yes  I really love my job. There are days that I want to fire all of my employees and then myself. Or, fire myself and then laugh when they are still there having to deal with the fallout. There are days that just running the business of a business takes a toll that requires a month of  “friend therapy”.  And there are days when I wonder how  I can  glue my mouth shut long enough  to not piss off someone.
Yet every morning (and sometimes in the middle of the night) I wake up ready to go at it all over again. I really am excited to be heading off to my own version of the American dream, built with lots of hard work and a really,really good team. Even the most challenging of clients  can get my passion going for a great idea, a new design, innovative products, beautiful materials. And  while I cannot say that every one of my  clients embrace my (let’s call it) “enthusiasm” initially…every single one of them know they are  getting their money’s worth with me and our team.  We do not go halfway. We do not settle for mediocre design or materials. We do not compromise for expediency’s sake. We think we are pretty good at what we do.  It’s the passion. It’s real and we got it.
And,  I may even wave my arms around to make sure you get it too.
Just don’t tell me to calm down.

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  1. If you’ll recall, the first blog I wrote on In Detail Kitchen and Bath was entitled “Appassionata,” because the two things that first impressed me about your business were (1) the designs themselves and (2) your passion for creating those designs. But, obviously, what comes first is the passion.

    Not all of us wear our hearts on our sleeves, but I don’t think there is anyone who creates who is not passionate. I tend to be quiet most of the time, but sometimes when I’m creating, be it writing or woodworking, I get so excited about the project that I can hardly breathe.

    Anyway, I am glad you’re back to blogging. Your last blog was well named, because it’s been pretty “blah beige” without your outrageously opinionated blogs to start the day!

  2. I used a lot of hand gestures too when I get excited about something. I speak very fast too. When I don’t it’s really because I’m not that interested in what I’m talking about. You’r college instructor was right and he saw something in you. Passion is rare nowadays and you are luckily one of the few who still have it.

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