Enthusiasm is the first thing we get as we come into this world and the last thing we lose as we leave this world behind. It is the essence of everything we do, have, and create in our lives. Creating, maintaining, and communicating enthusiasm is the key to all success.
Winston Churchill said, "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." Success always takes persistence, commitment, and consistency. The only way to maintain a long-term, high-level effort is through enthusiasm.
During the course of my career at my company, the Narrative Television Network, I've had the privilege of interviewing some of the top people from the worlds of entertainment, sports, politics, and business. The one common trait I have found among all successful people is a high level of enthusiasm for the work they do. If you're competing against people who are enthusiastic when you are not, it will be as if you are working while they are playing.
I remember working with a gentleman in the investment field who always seemed to drag himself into the office 20 minutes late, had no energy or excitement about anything, and put a depressing cloud over everything he did. Then he asked me to go fishing with him one Saturday. I thought it might be a good bonding experience for us, so I agreed. It was a bit shocking when he told me he would pick me up at 4:00 a.m.as this guy couldn't generate any energy at noon, so I couldn't imagine what he would be like several hours before sunrise.
To my surprise, he was in my driveway early, and seemed excited, energetic, and enthusiastic about our fishing trip. After a two-hour drive, we arrived at our destination where we waded out into freezing cold water and fished from daylight 'til dark, each receiving only a few fish bites and catching three small trout between us. My colleague who was habitually unenthusiastic at work revealed himself to be the most enthusiastic trout fisherman imaginable.
If you find yourself in a career where you're working 50 or 60 hours each week doing something you don't enjoy and failing to experience enthusiasm, you need to either find something new to do or find a new attitude because this life we're living is not a practice game. It's the Super Bowl, World Series, and the Olympic games all rolled into one.
Enthusiasm will improve your performance as well as that of everyone around you. We all have friends who are enthusiastic people, and just being around them changes our outlook and energy level. When it comes to success and happiness, nothing can take the place of enthusiasm.
As you go through your day today, be enthusiastic, and enthusiastically look forward to success.
Today's the day!