The Duo to Success: Passion and Motivation

Getting up for school has always been a challenge for most of us- from primary to secondary to undergraduate degree to post graduate thing. So, as for me, the day I finished my undergraduate studies, I never thought of taking a post graduate course. Until one day, I heard a nudge from my soul. It was a moment of realization and clarity. At last, I knew what I really wanted to do. After all those years, I finally discover the thing that I am passionate of. There, I decided to apply for a post graduate course outside the country.  It was a leap of faith and courage. I took the road less traveled.

The real thing has finally begun. I am doing my thesis’ data collection for more than a month now. And I still have almost 4 months to go. The truth is- it’s extremely exciting yet very exhausting.  I have to get up early in the morning almost every day. It’s like catching Mr. Sunrise before he finally becomes a skin-darkening star. Then, I travel like a backpacker for almost 2 hours using three different transports in a country that is miles away from my homeland. The moment I reach my research site, the serious thing is already in place. At the site, believe it or not, all I have to do is to observe the activities of the monkeys and their existing conflicts with humans. All day, I need to be prepared, shielded, on-the-go and be alert for all the grins and attacks. Sometimes, or most of the time, I have a stone and a long stick with me for self defense. I need to walk a number of times in an almost one kilometer trail back and forth. It is not just a simple trail though. It goes up and up and up until you feel the shaking of your legs and heartbeat. I try not to eat and convince my self not to, even if I’m starving whenever there are monkeys around. Oh, just so you know, they always want a share, or I must say, they want everything. All of these are what I needed to love for 10 hours- the longest 10 hours of my life.

However, when you love what you are doing and you are passionate with it, you will always find a way to be motivated.

Yes. It is exhausting.

Yes. It is dead tiring.

Yes. It is scary.

Yes. It is challenging.

Yet if it is your passion, it’s as if you are overdosed with energy drinks with an additional dose of motivation, excitement and happiness. There are times that you will be physically and emotionally challenged, but the moment you know what you really want to do, what you are made for, what you want to achieve and what your dreams are for, you will get up every friggin’ morning and you will finish your task with all your might even if it feels like it’s the longest and most backbreaking hour of your life.

“To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality”- Anita Roddick

I still couldn’t see the finish line but I believe that there is something somewhere there. All I have to do is to believe and to continue the passion.

How about you? What are you passionate about in your life?

If it’s worth it, get it! Here’s a sticky note for you. When we talk of passion- “It’s not about where your starting point is, but your end goal and the journey that will get you there.” Unknown

Passion is the key to motivation, motivation includes passion, and success is the end product of passion and motivation.Passion deserves hard work and sacrifice. Make your passion be a motivation and make your motivation be your passion.


May I introduce to you my friends to whom I offer my passion and motivation:

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