Do you think passion is important?
Do you think that creativity requires passion?
These are important questions because many people think that creativity requires passion and that without passion, creativity is impossible.
Does Passion Help Creativity
Many people think that passion is necessary for creativity to occur. However, we need to reconsider this idea.
Say you bump into an animal that you have never seen before. In your mind you start to invent stories about what kind of animal you are seeing and why you have not seen it before. These stories are creations of your mind. Did you need passion to create them?
Creating, then, is a natural to us as breathing since we are always engaging with and trying to make sense of the world around us.
Is Passion The Same As Motivation?
When you are motivated, does it come from passion?
When you are hungry your motivation to eat comes from necessity. When you treat someone else well, your motivation can come from love, respect, or if you are dealing with a bully from self preservation.
So motivation can be all over the map. If you tie your creativity to your motivation, you will have trouble creating since your motivation will change and fluctuate.
What Is Passion Anyway!
The common definition of passion is that it is most often described as a powerful feeling.
The Free Dictionary‘s definition of passion describes 4 basic categories for passion:
- a powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.
- ardent love, strong sexual desire; lust, the object of such love or desire.
- boundless enthusiasm… the object of such enthusiasm.
- an abandoned display of emotion, especially of anger
I think that we recognize that passion can be a powerful emotion, but there are many powerful emotions. What distinguishes passion is enthusiasm. When we have passion, we feel an enthusiasm for what we are passionate about.
This is another interesting definition of passion from Mapmaker:
Passion is the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do.
Simply put, it’s being who you are and doing what comes naturally. When what you do is in alignment with who you are, you get energy from doing it. It’s like water flowing along its natural riverbed. It actually gains energy from the path it’s taking (compare that to what most people experience in their work, which is more like trying to force it up and over a mountain).
So passion comes from a sense of connection between ourselves and what we are doing. Passion happens because there is some relationship between us and the work. In fact you could say that passion occurs because the work is us.
Passion And Creativity Are Not The Same
Creativity is not passion. It is a skill.
Passion comes from us. Our enthusiasm for something says something about who we are and what we have to give the world.
Passion is about something that attracts us; creating is about bringing something into existence.
Passion is a love of chocolate, creating is make an unusual chocolate cake.
Passion is a love of roses, creating is making a new hybrid tea rose.
Passion is a love of color, creating is making your own painting.
You Need Both
Passion tells you something about yourself. Creating is something you do as a result of your passion.
I personally think you need both.
It is a good idea to know yourself and where your enthusiasms lie. It is also a good idea to master the self discipline necessary to create something.
Creativity and passion can reinforce and accentuate each other. When they do you harness the best of yourself and your skills. That means you can offer some serious contribution to the world, which is a wonderful way to live.