What It Takes

It’s not the dazzling voice that makes a singer, sheryl. Or clever stories that make a writer. And it’s not piles of money that make a tycoon.

It’s having a dream and wanting to live it so greatly that one would rather move with it and “fail” than succeed in another realm.

You so have what it takes, 
The Universe

I think that this is what the real definition of passion is – that you would rather fail doing it than succeed in any other arena. Something that has such a strong pull that it drags you along. It changes everything in your life. You walk away from other opportunities because even though it would have been something in your “old life” that you would have given anything for, this passion makes it seem unworthy of your time.

The bible parable of the man who trades everything he has for the “pearl” of great wisdom. Imagine a man who in today’s standards would be considered very rich, like a Bill Gates or a Richard Branson, trading all of their millions for a single pearl. Everyone would say that they had lost their mind, but if that pearl was their dream, their passion, then they truly would walk away from everything else just to obtain that pearl.

When I think about that I realize that a true dream is never a possession – it is never a particular net worth. This dream is an idea that you have that not only changes you, it changes your world, it changes everything. It is like a leap of evolution, where the actual DNA within you changes, because you can’t imagine your life without this dream. And it evolves with you, so that it isn’t so much the accomplishment of it, as the doing what needs to be done, because it changes as you change. It becomes clearer, it becomes bigger, it is a lifelong passion that you revel in the doing of,, not the accomplishing of.

I don’t know if this makes sense to anyone else, but this is what I feel in my heart and soul about community, connection, collaboration. It isn’t a goal that I accomplish, it is the life that I am living. The passion is to share this dream with everyone that I meet, so that my dream can be fuel for their dream. That is my passion – what is yours?

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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