Passion/Love

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” — John Wesley

“We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Hegel

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”—Steve Jobs, Apple

“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford, 2005

“I could do this forever.” – Bill Gates

“I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way.” – Tom Cruise

“To love what you do and feel that it matters…how could anything be more fun?” – Katherine Graham

“Throughout all my decades of helping people reach their goals, I found one common trait among the top 1%. They all LOVE what they do.” – Brian Tracy

“Leadership is all about love! [Passion, enthusiasms, appetite for life, engagement, commitment, great causes and determination to make a damned difference, shared adventures, bizarre failures, growth, insatiable appetite for change.]” — Tom Peters

“Passion was what drove these people, passion for their product, passion for their cause. If you care enough, you’ll find out what you need to know. Or you will experiment and not worry if the experiment goes wrong. Passion as the secret to learning is an odd secret I suppose, and I believe that it works at all levels and at all ages. Sadly, passion is not a word often heard in elephant organizations, nor in schools, where it can seem disruptive.”  – Charles Handy  in the Alchemists

“The kind of commitment I find among the best performers across virtually every field is a single-minded passion for what they do, an unwavering desire for excellence in the way they think and the way they work. Genuine confidence is what launches you out of bed in the morning, and through your day with a spring in your step.” — Jim Collins

“If you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working. You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.” — Sir Richard Branson

“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you’re doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.” — George Lucas

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building  a stronger fire under your desires.” — Napoleon Hill

“I started a company right out of school, pre-JackThreads in 2003, and I think I ignored all the advice I got from all my mentors. This is one of the hardest career paths you could ever choose to go down, and I think what gets you through it is passion, making sure you’re really passionate about what you’re undertaking. And I was not passionate about my first business. I didn’t really care about it, it wasn’t me — I just wanted to make money. Starting a company has so many ups and downs, and the passion is what gets you through it. And after that business didn’t really go anywhere, I made sure that my next company would be something that I truly care about and had an interest in, not just to make money. And that’s what JackThreads is for me. I was into all the clothing that we sell today and I was a discount shopper — it was literally an extension of who I am. So in the early days, with all the ups and downs we faced and all the challenges, what kept me going what that I truly, truly care about what I was doing. And that’s why we’re sitting here 5, 6 years later with such a successful business. It’s awesome.” — Jason Ross, Jack Threads CEO (Mashable 8.10.11)