Passion is Developed, Not Discovered

Author Angela Duckworth shares that passion isn’t discovered, it’s really developed.

What’s the difference?

If passion is just sitting in the wings waiting to be discovered, we don’t have much control over it. It’s there, we just have to find it somehow. But what if real passion, the kind that lasts, the kind that you build a life’s work on – what if that kind of passion isn’t discovered, it’s developed?

Maybe that passion isn’t waiting in the wings, but better yet, we’ve had control over it all along from the very start. What if we control it with our hard work, our determination, our gritty grit that drives us to persevere? How much more could we accomplish if we shifted our belief that passion is out of our control to a mindset that the deepest, most long-lasting passion is completely in our control? What more could we do? And what if we as teachers shared this simple shift with our students?

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