“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”Pele
I always enjoyed math in school, but it wasn’t until I explored the subject on my own and discovered all the interesting tidbits and people you don’t hear about in class. You have time to learn how to solve for X, but only had a vague idea who Rene Descartes or Galileo Galilei was (and others like them) and intrigue surrounding their ideas.
To be enthusiastic, you have to take a genuine interest in what you are talking about. On the surface, some things (pick your poison: gardening, construction, Math, geology, DMV’s, etc) can seem boring, but there’s usually a hidden gem or two that allows you to go deeper into the subject and find what’s exciting or unexpected about it.
Enthusiasm is a power resourceful. And when it’s backed by skill, it can dent universes. Even when you can’t back your enthusiasm with skill, it can’t lead you towards gaining skill rapidly and also create the illusion of skill.
Put two people with identical ideas next to each other but one person is enthusiastic and the other is boring and there’s no question which idea stands out more.
Like a moth to a candlelit flame, we are drawn to enthusiastic people.
And like any resource, enthusiasm can be used well or poorly. Enthusiasm can also be used at you to convince you of ideas and perspective, which isn’t necessarily a bad or good thing.
When enthusiasm used for good, it allows us to open up and grow into better people. By surrounding ourselves with enthusiastic people, we can feed off their energy and charm and feel more energized and enthusiastic ourselves. We learn new things, find interesting stories and opportunities.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #829
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