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Enthusiasm - The Electricity of Life

August 15, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

Emerson said, “Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.” I see enthusiasm as the critical trait, component, and ingredient in the personality of successful people. Enthusiasm is the gas that drives your engine on your journey towards SEEKING EXCELLENCE. With enthusiasm you will forever have the chance to succeed; without it, you have failed before you ever started. Some people show it differently than others, but that doesn’t mean it is any less powerful or they are any less committed.

Webster’s defines it this way:
enthusiasm: intense or eager interest; zeal; fervor. - SYN. see passion
passion: extreme, compelling, emotion or excitement. - SYN. see enthusiasm
zeal: ardent endeavor or devotion. - SYN. see passion
fervor: great warmth of emotion; zeal. - SYN. see passion
emotion: strong, generalized feeling; physical excitement. - SYN. see feeling

In looking at how Webster’s defines enthusiasm and the words associated to the term, it is obvious to see a pattern developing towards another word, PASSION; they go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. So, it is with Success - you can’t have success without enthusiasm; they go hand-in-hand.

Enthusiasm is but a state of mind, the combination between mental and physical energy; your belief (the mental) put into action (physical energy).

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes
your hope rise to the stars.
Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes,
it is the swing in your gait,
the grip of your hand,
the irresistible surge of your will and
your energy to execute your ideas.

Enthusiasts are fighters.
They have fortitude.
They have staying qualities.
Enthusiasm is at the bottom
of all progress!
With it there is accomplishment.
Without it there are only alibis.

Henry Ford's Fireplace Motto

There is real magic in enthusiasm. I heard it once called the “Electricity of Life.” So, if you want to be successful in business … hire enthusiasm, show enthusiasm, share enthusiasm, nurture enthusiasm, create enthusiasm, and welcome enthusiasm.

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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