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Being emotional is not the same as being passionate

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” -Malcolm X

All passionate people have emotion, but all emotional people do not have passion.

Emotion feels. Passion does. There is a difference.

The emotional person gets dramatic.

The passionate person gets creative.

The emotional person reacts to the conditions of his life by feeling good when things are good and feeling bad when things are bad.

The passionate person commits himself to plans, goals, and actions that will result in the creation of what is wanted.

The emotional person begins and ends with “this sucks!”

The passionate person begins with “this sucks” and ends with “I’m going to do something about it.”

People who hate their lives are not passionate. They’re emotional.

The passionate person is the one who use his hatred as fuel.

The passionate person is the one who holds himself accountable to practical results.

If it feels good, everybody wants it. That’s emotion.

If it requires diligence and responsibility, the only people who keep going after it are those who are willing to do the work. That’s passion.

One of my favorite quotes from Les Brown:

“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”

If you’re human, you’re going to get emotional. That’s a given.

When you do, feel deeply and combine it with passion. That’s a choice.

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Anger is often the emotion which triggers the initial motivation to act but once passion becomes the driving force, the person can mellow down and mental satisfaction with the results of his passionate actions can keep him/her going as they probably did to Mahathma Gandhi and Martin Luther King(Jr)

  2. Emotion may rile you up and makes you not want to continue further discourse.

    Passion wants not only further discussion, but a creative solution and successful consequence.

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