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There seem to be a lot of posts floating around today about maintaining passion and joy in your work; or alternatively, avoiding burnout.

I know that moreso than the desire to copy someone else, for me, fear and guilt about getting to do what I love when so many people I care about don't, have been the major passion-killers in my work.

But you're absolutely right; what's the Marian Williamson/Nelson Mandela quote? "Your playing small does not serve the world...As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Passion is such a powerful motivator for action. It is so vital to a life that is maximized with joy. We must also take care to beware of those things that kill passion such as talents not used, lack of a clear purpose and a life/schedule that is out of balance.

Passion is our 'energy' in the complexity model. It is the 'lever' we can use to tap our true potential.

Oddly, while I didn't mention passion, that too is at the heart of the response I just posted to another blog piece: http://www.truetalkblog.com/truetalk/2008/07/the-past-and-th.html?cid=121651740#comment-121651740

Passion is too 'yin' for our current 'out of balance' business models. It takes a lot of personal commitment to capitalize on our passions because we are too often 'beat down' for honoring our true passions.

Those of us who are strong...need to pave the way for others and help break down the barriers that thwart the natural release of individual passion.

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