Passion: Ten bull shit tips you’ve heard a million times before

These are 10 habits of passionate people that you can start cultivating today:

1. Wake Up Early.
Passionate people are usually early risers. There is something magical in rising early, and preferably at dawn. This peaceful period before the rest of the world wake up can be the most productive period of your day.
I’m not a morning person yet I’m starting the habit of waking up early or at least.

2. Read Vigorously.
If you replace some TV time by reading a good book, you’ll be the most educated person among your friends and associates. And you’ll be a high achiever too.
There is an amazing quote attributed to Mark Twain that says, “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

3. Simplify
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak
Simplify everything is your work and life. Start by eliminating the unnecessary. Everything that has nothing to do with your passion and purpose should be eliminated. They shouldn’t occupy any space in your daily life, because they are just a waste of time, energy and money.
When you have less needs, and you learn to enjoy more with less, you’ll increase your financial independence too.

4. Slow Down
You can never embrace a life of passion in the middle of a busy, stressful, and chaotic environment.
You must find some quiet time for yourself. Slow down and listen to your inner voice. Slow down and evaluate your progress. Slow down and maintain your focus on what matters most.
If you could develop the habit of waking up early, you’ll find it easier to develop this habit. You can easily find time to breathe, reflect and meditate.
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. ~John De Paola

5. Workout
Health care is very important. So many people follow their passion with great enthusiasm, but they put too much pressure on their body and ignore their overall health and well being. They think they are supposed to work really hard to fulfill their purpose and grow their passion.
These are good intentions, but you should be aware that if you don’t take care of your body, it will soon collapse and this will not serve your passion well.
Health care should be on top of your priorities to maintain a good, prosperous and passionate lifestyle.

6. Practice Daily.
You have to practice your passion daily. If you failed to do so, your passion will soon fade away and you’ll be drifted away from the right path by the busyness of life.
You don’t even need talent if you exert enough effort in practicing and sharpening your skills.
Practice and be always prepared, so that when the right opportunity presents itself, you are ready to seize it.

7. Network
Surround yourself with passionate people. That’s the most important habit of all. It can accelerate your success like no other habit. Connecting with passionate people forms the best support system for your passion. You’ll find the good advice, the necessary push, and the continuous encouragement.
What is the point of connecting with people who are still stuck in jobs they hate and not following their passion. What are your going to get from them except discouragement and trying hard to pull you down? I believe the level you can reach in life is directly proportional to the level where the people you hang the most with exist.
It’s been said that your net-worth is determined by your network.

8. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Be grateful for what you already have and at the same time aim for the better. Rest assured that when you’re clear about your purpose in life, you’ll recognize better opportunities much easier. Just be patient and grateful.
I urge you to develop the habit of having a “Gratitude Journal”. Every night before you go to sleep, write down just one thing you’re grateful for in the day. Then expect miracles to happen!

9. Be Prolific
Over 300 banks refused and the 303rd bank agreed to give Walt Disney a fund to build Disney Land.
Edison made 1,000 (or 10,000) unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
If you want to turn your passion into a worldwide sensation, you got to be prolific and never give up. Keep producing great work, and one may take the world by surprise and make you a globally recognized star.
Produce more work than anyone could think humanly possible. I consider this the secret habit of champions (or legends).

10. Have a Blog
Blogs are much more powerful than most realize. They’re a simple way to explore and share the thoughts and beliefs you’re excited about and for people to immediately see and provide feedback.
A blog is a multimedia platform through which you can share your passion with the world in text, audio or video formats. People can come read, listen or watch you delivering your value. And if they like what you do, they will share it with their friends and the community will grow.
It is also a perfect way to practice and share your passion with the world on a daily basis. It ensures a constant strong bond between you and your passion.

These 10 habits will make a huge difference for you. They form a strong foundation to build and grow your passion. Like any habit, it takes time to develop and make them work. But once they are there, you’ll be on the fast track to achieve remarkable success.

Now my question to you is this: what habit has made the biggest difference for you?

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Authenticity is magnetic

Step One to being your Authentic Self by the Florence and the Rockwell Project

Authenticity isn’t  something we have or dont have. It’s a practice  – a conscious choice about how we want to live. Authenticity is a collection of constant choices we make every day. It’s the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen. -Brene Brown

Split personality syndrome in this non-psychological or academic sense to me: is when you are not being authentically your whole self in every place, space and environment you might be evolved in. Let me flip that around. It is being a specific and narrow version of you or what you think people expect you to be – in each or different situations.

Let me share my experience

I hate the name my parents gave me, once I turned 18 actually maybe even 17; I stopped introducing myself that way. I had a nickname and it stuck. With my friends, basically anyone I met who I didn’t work with, called me Phlossy… And I loved it. 20 year old Phlossy was the wild colourful party girl who was outrageous, and a complete socialite. The name fit. BUT – I had a day job, a nine to five, bill paying occupation for a very large health insurance company and I talked to their customers. Phlossy definitely wasn’t who they had hired, or who they wanted to have working for them. They wanted the “normal” or responsible employee. This didn’t involve bright pink hair, and active and alternative social life. So when I got a promotion off the front line staff, I wore a wig to work for 365+days. I didn’t talk about any of my life outside of work. I didn’t talk about my sexuality, my hobbies or what I did last night. As time went on, this WORK & NOT WORK split in my life became more and more pronounced.

Florence and the rockwell project name change


Because I felt like I had two personalities, I almost felt that my skill sets were split up too and “The Boring” me had the office skills, the corporate knowledge, where as “Phlossy” was an event manager, networked, volunteered, and performed. It was almost a left brain right brain split. Imagine what I could have been bringing to the table ANYWHERE I was involved if I had branded these skills and passions with an over-arching theme that tied all my skills into on succinct and complimentary package? By being scared to be the creative me at work, I didn’t get involved in events, I was shy, and steered very clear of any kind performance or standing out or up for myself.

The Impact

I has a split personality (two identities) for over 10 years, YES 10 years. I am now in my 30’s and recently I legally changed my name to Florence, or Flossy for short. When someone speaks to me at work I hear my name, and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Having the courage be called by the name I chose myself, has had a tickle on effect to the rest of my confidence.

I’m backing myself. I stand up for my opinions and say NO if I really don’t agree rather than just smiling and nodding – and feeling terrible inside. I am also using SO much more of my right brain creativity in my day job, film, photography and a bit of graphic design. THIS is exciting!! It has also had an effect on my business also! All my normal “work” left brain skills that I picked up in the corporate world I am implementing now for myself! My attention to detail, organising my finances, writing business plans, and marketing strategies – not something the 20 year old Phlossy would be seen dead doing. But something that an AUTHENTIC ME really enjoys.

Being true to myself, finding my voice has been a huge journey, and this is just a really tiny overview, but I’m a more powerful, valuable, and successful person now is a delight.

Where to start? How do I become authentically ME?

I think this different me in different spaces is more common than we think. How many people do you know or work with that you know almost NOTHING about? Step one to being Authentically YOU – find one small thing that would make you feel more completely you – and share it. For me – it was my Name – I asked everyone to call me Florence, and updated all the remaining paperwork! It might be bringing a skill across if you have a left brain /right brain (creative, analytical split) and sharing that between your worlds!

One time I made list of things that described the person I was at work, that my family wanted me to be, then the list of things that described me as the person I was as Phlossy (at the time) … now looking back I am living that beautiful combination. By merging one tiny thing at a time, it’s less overwhelming and easier to achieve without feeling like you want to run away under a rock!

If you are one of these people who keep parts of your life completely separate I want to hear from you!!