The Passion Factor


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After all said and done, the success of your organization will be dependent on the “Passion Factor. " The passion of your employees to work enthusiastically and give their very all to something they see as more than just a job – a cause. If your organization doesn’t reach this level, you wont win in today’s competitive marketplace. You will certainly get along and do the-business-as-usual things. But you wont achieve great ends. This is the power of the passion factor.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a German Philosopher and inventor remarked, “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion". He was simply saying, regardless of all that a person or group of persons may have painstakingly accumulated in the realm of core competence and the likes, the proof of your commitment to success lies in backing all these wonderful values with passion. Passion still remains the key to greatness.

In his timeless work, Good to Great, one of the 3 key values espoused by Jim Collins to which corporate greatness was attributed was the passion factor. And I will be devoting a lot of thought to this subject matter in the coming weeks.

So, what then is passion? Within this context of achievement and performance, passion is the Unquenchable Burning Desire to Achieve, Again and Again and Again…To broaden our horizon on this subject I will provide us with the following passion perspectives but bear in mind the fact that the essence remains the same.

  • Passion is a powerful, intense emotion

  • Passion is about being a fan

  • Passion is workplace electricity

  • Passion is enthusiasm

  • Passion is intensity

  • Passion is an obsession

  • Passion is possession

  • Passion is zeal

    From the above passion perspectives, it is very clear that passion is a motivational factor. And like other motivational factors for success, passion must be ignited. People must be stimulated to reach deep within themselves to find a cause they will commit to; to find and stick to a vocation they love; to excitedly work for organizations that epitomize their innermost desires; to promote brands that evoke their delight.

    If you do not feel these emotions towards the things you are presently doing at work, or for the company you currently work for, then it is time to move on and find something you are passionate about. Because you will never attain greatness working at what you have no intense emotion for. And no organization will reach its fullest potential if it has within its premises a sizeable number of employees without what I call “Organizational Enthusiasm". For people must work at jobs or causes they love and they must do it for companies they feel strongly about. It works both ways.

    Organizational Enthusiasm is the employees’ love for the company they work in. It is a microcosm of what true patriotism is actually about. It is a strong feeling for the company’s name, its values, its brands, it’s people, and it’s all. HR overseers must consistently look out for this factor in the course of their people evaluation processes and act accordingly to ensure there no deadwoods within their premises. And who is a deadwood? He that is devoid of passion. See you next week.

    Ubong Essien is Nigeria’s leading motivator - speaker, success coach, author, creative consultant and TV personality. He is a passionate proponent of the concept and value of Motivational Capital and the Achieving Organization. He is also the publisher of the Achiever’s Manual, Motivational Speaker & Dean of the Motivators Academy & the School of Eloquence. He is CEO of Inspiration Resources and author of 2 books - Dare to Dream and Succeed & The Gates’ Way to Riches. Email him at , or Visit him at or

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