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Day 78: Core belief 4—Passion becomes power.

July 26, 2012. A few days ago we shared Maestro’s core beliefs at a team meeting. This is the fourth in a series of posts to provide greater depth and dimension to a few things we know for sure.

Perpetually positive people are their own sunshine. They carry it with them, sharing the gift of optimism with those they encounter. It seems to us that the same is true of the passionate. Within us run engines that drives relentlessly. For us, feelings are deeper, perceptions are keener and interactions are more animated. In a word, we are intense. 

The passionate also tend to be in love with life and view each day as a clean slate, ready for marking. We crave challenge and harbor a nearly super-human capacity for rising to the occasion . . . again and again and again. We are wired for action, convinced of success and fueled by enthusiasm. 

We speak with confidence about passion because it runs through Team Maestro like electricity. In fact, passion is the price of admission here. Any (business) card-carrying Maestroite is proud to be associated with the p-word and, when asked, will confirm (some in word, some in deed): “Guilty as charged.” You see, a wise mentor told us long ago that the secret to happy, successful and productive employees is three-fold: talent, chemistry and passion. Talent for their individual role. Chemistry with those around them. Passion for the task, for opportunity. . . for life. Subtract any on the three and failure, sooner or later, will result. We listened well. That doesn’t mean, however, that we are all alike. 

Passion squeezes itself into packages of all sizes, shapes and colors. It speaks with many voices and moves in a variety of ways, sometimes in a blur but often disguised as unhurried indifference. But don’t be fooled. This is why Maestro pulses with palatable energy. It is the hum of our individual engines, the machinery of passion at work. Individual intensity blends with and adds to the collective Maestro excitement. It’s how we encourage and inspire one another and set people free to take risks, even when it involves an occasional failure. We see it every day. 

Certainly, passion has a life of its own. But when nurtured and supported in a collaborative environment, it grows stronger, more focused and becomes a powerful instrument of change.

Jen Randall

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