Mark Thompson and Stewart Emery, co-authors of the bestselling “Success Built to Last," which they wrote with Jerry Porras (of "Built to Last" fame) offer these insights:
"We found that three fundamental principles drive lasting success; these need to interact with one another and also to be integrated and aligned. We describe them in our first chapter in a diagram with three intersecting circles — meaning, thought and action — and the bull’s eye is where they all come together.
We found that individuals across the spectrum of professions were striving to find something that mattered to them in a very fundamental way.
This prompted them to drive their thoughts to frame a way of producing those results — and then acting on those results…..
That fundamental step of finding meaning, finding the passion that matters to you and that drives your behavior, is often skipped.
….whether you are Jack Welch or the Dalai Lama, it is dangerous not to do what you love."
BOTTOMLINE: "If you don’t have a level of passion that drives your thinking about what you’re doing day in and day out, there will be others out there who are passionate who will overtake and outrun you.
People who care will take the initiative away from those who are half-hearted. So loving what you do is a competitive imperative, not simply a nice thing to have."