One characteristic that stands out about Martha Stewart, is her incredible ability to deliver anything she says or does with such deliberate perfection, and this, is because of her intense passion she has for her work.
Ronnie Dreyer explains her as an ‘Entrepreneur, perfectionist, and domestic goddess are all words and phrases that have been used to describe Martha Stewart, a savvy businesswoman who built a multimedia empire of magazines, syndicated television shows, and products based on a penchant for hard work and being the perfect hostess.’
Take a look at her website, I urge you – marthastewart.com. Contained in this site is an abundance of information. There are recipes, life style & DIY guides, wedding ideas and so much more! It’s aesthetically pleasing to navigate through and the content is interesting and very creative, while containing perfection in the details to get to the desired results! You can observe the diligence in which Martha updates twitter and the articles in her blog to share her ideas – perfect ideas and tools to make our lives more beautiful, more orderly and more delicious. The point is, Martha exponentially expanded on her passions.
How can we use this quality that Martha possesses to identify our passions and our purpose, you may ask? Well, it may sound simplistic, but it really boils down to identifying and being clear about the things you love and finding a way to turn it/them into a career/interest that you can enjoy and expand upon – if you choose. Martha says: ‘All the things I love is what my business is all about’.
“Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself, figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.” – Martha Stewart
The latter is wise, yet practical, and can be easily turned into a mini checklist.
But what if you don’t know what your passions are? You have to try different things that pique your interest. An example of the latter is an author named Jan Lancaster, and while we are on the topic of Martha, she wrote a book called ‘The Tao of Martha’. This book is about living according to Martha Stewart’s ideas for one whole year. Jan said in an interview ‘You have to try – you can’t fail if you try’. As a result, she took her passion for writing and expanded it to enveloping and committing herself to the world of Martha Stewart. In the end, she learned tips about being more organized, different ways to celebrate occasions by decorating, etc… Jan even mentions getting over her fear of Halloween by learning to celebrate it. But given all this, it can still be confusing and frustrating to determine your passions.
An interesting way to look at passions and how to determine what they are – are whether your passions come from a place of pain or from joy. Perhaps you have a passion, but don’t realize it. Passions can reveal themselves when we are in the thick of hard times, in an effort to improve something or make a difference. Passions also reveal themselves when we are creating something like art, when we are cooking, decorating, building etc… – like how Martha did.
Also realize, that passions can be silent, almost dormant – something that you’re good at and enjoy, but either forgot about or didn’t think was important enough to act upon. Pay attention to talents you have, or abilities that others have pointed out that you are good at and make lists of these. Know that once you identify a passion, it will unfold incrementally – one opportunity leading to another and so on. So your passion will build on itself, as long as you are putting action and effort into the ideas your passion fuels and brews within you – Martha’s website and business ventures are testament to this. All else fails in identifying your passions, ask the Universe for clarity! This actually works (if you believe it) – but you have to pay attention the cues – even the subtle ones that come your way.
Author: Alessandra Aversa