Sunday, October 23, 2005

Passion

Meet Christopher Michael Langan. The smartest man in America with an IQ of 195. He's 45 years old and he's been employed as a construction worker, firefighter, and even a cowboy. He currently earns about $6,000 per year as a part-time bartender.

Meet George Bush, Jr. The President of The United States. He has an IQ of about 119. He's owned a large oil company, a major league baseball team, and governed the state of Texas. He currently makes a little over $400,000 per year.

Christopher is obviously smarter than Bush. He's proven that by taking a test. However, Bush is the leader of the world's most important nation. Christopher is smarter, but Bush has something that Christopher doesn't: passion.

Intelligence doesn't outweigh passion. Bush wanted to become our leader. He committed his life to the pursuit of this achievement. It wasn't easy, but it happened. It happened because he was passionate.

Education is important. That can't be denied. But, success results from the combination of hard work and passion. The smartest man in America doesn't have a passion, so he doesn't have success.

Sam Walton, Warren Buffett, Sandra Day O'Connor, Bill Gates, Ray Kroc, Howard Stern. These people are leaders. They fought for something that they wanted. They were passionate. They succeeded.

The root of any man's success is passion. If you don't have it, quit and start over. You're going sideways.

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