Chapter 6. The First P: Passion

What Do You Want Your Tombstone to Say?

So... what’s your passion? What gets you going like nothing else? How do you even define “passion”? I have posed this last question to a variety of audiences over the years, and some of the most topical responses consistently come from young urban adults enrolled in a cutting-edge nonprofit organization called YearUp. I usually try to capture their responses on large sticky pads I have been saving over time. A few selections follow:

“Something you just love to do... something that no one would have to pay you to do.”

“Something that is at your core, a part of you.”

“Passion is what keeps us going. It provides life.”

“It is like living to my favorite song... you know where it is ...

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