Passion Quotient – How it matters more than your IQ.

The youth should be driven by passion not money

Author: Virender Kapoor

 ‘I am not a teacher, only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you’ – George Bernard Shaw

As we react to colors, we also react to our jobs, interests, hobbies and almost all activities. If we can creatively mix colors and start liking those which we hated when we saw them individually, we can well make changes in our activities at work to make things more interesting.

What is Passion?

Let us look at our likes and dislikes. Some of us love blue color and some hate it, some love yellow and some don’t. You like lavender based perfume and I may like another fragrance. There is no reason one can assign for these affiliations or dislikes.

Passion also works on similar lines. There are certain things close to our heart and we just love doing them – we are supposed to be passionate about these things. We have no reasons or no logical explanations for this affinity. And that in simple words is passion.

You hate red ? What about some color combinations and variations? If I can be creative and combine some other shades with red to create some patterns, chances are that you would like them. Airtel for example uses red, white and black to make an outstanding logo. Your choice of colors may change with time. As you grow up you may prefer pale pastel pinks to a ‘shocking pink’.

As we react to colors, we also react to our jobs, interests, hobbies and almost all activities. If we can creatively mix colors and start liking those which we hated when we saw them individually, we can well make changes in our activities at work to make things more interesting.

The most successful, rich and contented are not necessarily high school toppers. Nor do they hold great college degrees. They are the ones who love their work and therefore they are enthusiastic all the time. They add value and flavor to their work. This sets them apart from unsuccessful people who take their work as drudgery. They are successful because such people can generate enthusiasm in their colleagues and in the environment. These are the people who love their subordinates, admire their bosses and are prepared to learn from their peers. If you love your job, you are on a permanent holiday!

Passion sets apart the great from the good. Therefore it is not the Intelligent Quotient (IQ) but you’re Passion Quotient (PQ) that will take you to pinnacle of success.  Everyone is not always lucky enough to get a perfect job which he/she loves, but just like with colors, we can add a different flavor to our working style to make it more enjoyable and more rewarding. It is up to us to see if the glass is half empty or half full or see the empty part full of air!

Let me explain. If you have an artistic bent of mind for example, and at some point in life wanted to be an architect; as a principal of a school, you can apply all that while doing up your library, your open space and your assembly hall. Who stops you? You can make a group of gifted teachers and students to make your school a living entity as your USP and a great differentiator. You can do this as a class teacher as well.

We live in the age of opportunities and there are thousands of ways to earn a living and that too by doing what you like

How does passion help you to do better in life?

It is a source of tremendous energy
Shah Rukh Khan and Jackie Chan are called a power house of energy because they are passionate about acting.
Becomes your inner calling
Mother Teresa worked passionately for the poor because she ‘felt’ for the poor and the sick.
Makes you walk that extra mile
It lets you perform and deliver beyond your ordinary capacity as it comes naturally to you.
Helps you identify your Goal
Passion has been instilled in us by nature to remain ‘on track’- like an inner compass. It gradually pushes you to be what you ought to be.

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire – Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Passion sets apart the great from the good. Therefore it is not the Intelligent Quotient (IQ) but you’re Passion Quotient (PQ) that will take you to pinnacle of success.  Everyone is not always lucky enough to get a perfect job which he/she loves, but just like with colors, we can add a different flavor to our working style to make it more enjoyable and more rewarding. It is up to us to see if the glass is half empty or half full or see the empty part full of air!

Importance of education to fulfill your passion

We live in the age of opportunities and there are thousands of ways to earn a living and that too by doing what you like. Our education system with some of its flaws has still stood the test of time. A great India has been built by those who got education through the same system. Our IITs are producing the best engineers, IIMs the best Managers and we make great doctors too. Therefore there is no radical change that is required.

Yet, the call of the day is to let educated people find the right place for themselves. I look at education as pizza base – if your base is good you can garnish it with any good toppings of your choice. Let the students excel in the education stream they are into. Thereafter, they can switch to any area of choice. Education can never become a barrier for your success in any field thereafter, it can only help. Today’s almost all actors, film directors, painters, singers, novelists, hoteliers; entrepreneurs of all types, journalists are well educated. This gives them confidence to venture into any field of their choice. Engineers become journalists, doctors become spiritual writers, CAs become film directors and PhD holders start fitness business.

The most crucial factor in creativity is the motivation to do something creative’    – Teresa Amabile

                                                                                                                

Teachers and parents must encourage students to find what they love

More than fifty percent of close to a million small businesses started in America in the last few decades were based on hobbies or personal interest of people. India is witnessing the wave of entrepreneurs, who are job givers and not job seekers. Don’t chase money – It will come as a byproduct.

Points to implement

Find out what is your child’s interest.
It is not necessary that every child will display something extraordinary which puts him in the league of a Mozart from the age of six! Everybody who loves football is not Pele. Extraordinary talent is visible from miles; you don’t have to look for it. Look for broader signs of affinities like literature, logic, music to guide them properly.

Which stream to choose?
Children have to decide between science, commerce and arts in the school itself. It is more important now to see the ability of the child than passion. If you are good at something, passion will follow. Taking something which you are unable to perform, would generate hatred and fear instead of passion.

Set an example like leaders
Enthusiasm is pretty much contagious. If parents demonstrate their passion, it is most likely going to rub off positively on the children. Parents and teachers become a source of inspiration. It has a far greater affect when they see you living your passion rather than you telling them about it.

Encourage adventure and courage
Passionate people need to be adventurous. How can you follow your passion and make it into a profession unless you have that adventurous spirit? We must, therefore, encourage kids to experiment, go for treks, play different games, try adventure sports if possible. Today, children are tucked at homes during holidays often playing video games in air conditioned environment. There is a disconnect from rugged games like football, hockey leave aside mountaineering or hang gliding.
My son attended an adventure camp for a week when he was fourteen. Staying away from home, in tents in the freezing cold, following a tough timetable, it made a very positive effect on him. I was amazed at the transformation.

Don’t make them overambitious.
If you groom your children with a philosophy that you have to reach the top because that is all that matters, then they may never find their passion in life. You have set their targets and you have set their means, then where is the room for passion? Let them always be reminded often that money is important but it is not everything. Encourage them to experiment and be different.

About the Author

Virender Kapoor
An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Virender Kapoor is an author, educationist and a motivational speaker. A former Director of a prestigious Management Institute under the Symbiosis umbrella; he has written more than a dozen books on, leadership, emotional intelligence, PQ – Passion Quotient and innovation.

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