Ford was an industrialist, but he was also an enthusiast.
The combination of which enabled him to profoundly impact the landscape of the twentieth century. Consider his words from over one hundred years ago, which still ring true today.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters. They have fortitude. They have staying qualities. Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it, there are only alibis.
The infuriating thing is, not everyone is enthusiastic about enthusiasm. Some people believe enthusiasm is a strength for which there is little use. Some people will even try to dissuade us of the delusion that our earnestness and fervor can actually make a difference.
During our summer kickoff meeting at my college radio station, my brand new notebook was filled with exciting ideas for remote broadcasts, advertising spots, dining hall streaming, in studio performances and other on campus promotions. It was the most exciting day of the semester for me.
But by the time my speech was finished, a few of the veteran board members looked at me like I’d suggested skinning a baby with a spoon.
Apparently plunging ahead and letting your primal enthusiasm lead the way wasn’t something they were used to. After all, it was only college radio. Even the general manger jokingly patted my shoulder and said:
Relax freshman, it’s only the first week.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever felt the sudden urge to apologize for your passion?
It’s deflating as hell. Because true enthusiasm is not something that can be counterfeited. It’s pure joy. It comes from deep inside that beckons to be shared with the world. And when it moves us to our feet, there’s nothing worse than people dismissing it.
Next time somebody tries to prevent you from seizing the key of curiosity that allows you to open new doors, replenish your supply of enthusiasm anyway.
Trust that all of your breakthroughs will be a consequence of earnest interest.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you known as a person of enthusiasm?
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