Every time I look at one of these photos of Kathleen’s and think about how much I lusted after the very life we’re living I have no choice but to reflect upon how very blessed we are. Have always been. I’ll never forget asking my dad when I was a junior in high school, “How am I supposed to go about choosing a career? Where do I start?” His response was profound, and not of the times, and for some reason that surprised me.
“Do what you would do if you didn’t have to make any money at it whatsoever. Only then will you be passionate about your life and your work. Only then will you do your best job. Only then will you be happy.”
Steven Covey has his seven habits of highly effective people. Andy Andrews has seven decisions. There are twelve keys to success. Thirty secrets. Eight principles. Five things you must know. Eight ways to the top. Six lessons for a happy life.
But I believe my dad had it right. There’s really only one thing you need. And that one thing drives all the others.
That one thing is passion.
Where does it come from? Why does it work? How do you find it?
Libraries and book stores are full of attempts to analyze the passion-driven vision of successful people by breaking down what they did or didn’t do into neatly compiled lists. But there is no power in those lists. Only information. Information that is historical in nature and no more applicable to all people and all circumstances than is taste in wine, preference of religion, or choice of spouse. But the magical results of living a life of passion are available to everyone of you regardless of goals, dreams, age, gender or education. Anything is possible when you care passionately about it. With passion, obstacles are just that. Mere obstacles. Something to power over, or dig under, or find some way around. Without passion those obstacles usually win.
A few years ago (more than a few actually) I wrote a song for one of our films that began: Sittin’ on the sidelines ain’t what living’s all about; Waitin’ in the wings, just to see how it turns out…
“You’ll never be accused of that,” Kathleen said earlier today, peering over my shoulder as I wrote this. “Not even close.”
She’s right, of course.
And what worked for me can work for you.
Step into your wildest dreams.
Live your passion.
I recommend it.
The story of our journey with horses (to date) is told in the two books that follow: the national best seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd and its sequel Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
And what a story it is as two novices without a clue stumble and bumble their way through the learning process so that hopefully you won’t have to. If you haven’t read both of these books already please do because with that reading, I believe, will come not just the knowledge of discovery but the passion and the excitement to cause you to commit to your journey with horses, to do for the horse without waiver so that your relationship and experience will be with loving, happy and healthy horses who are willing partners and who never stop trying for you. Horses like ours.
The highly acclaimed best selling sequel to the National Best Seller
The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd
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But first read the National Best Seller that started it all
Now in it’s 13th printing: