“The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his or her enthusiasm.” – H.W. Arnold
I am sure most of us can recall times in our lives in which we were lacking enthusiasm. For some, those times may even have been periods of great length, for when sadness and depression set in, they are very difficult to overcome. In these times, when enthusiasm seems to be almost a luxury item, there does not seem to be any point to things–they just seem to always go wrong no matter what efforts we make.
Yet over the years, what I have learned is that the lack of enthusiasm was not only my own doing, but also the reason for itself. The world gives back to us what we give to it. And had I known that then, I would have given more enthusiasm to all that I did so that more things would have happened to help me to foster that enthusiasm.
At work I notice those who approach their job and tasks with almost no enthusiasm at all. Not only do they learn almost nothing, but they foster such negative feelings of hopelessness and can even be depressing to simply be around. On the other hand, I have seen a few individuals that approach their jobs with enthusiasm, and I notice that they actually learn and are successful. Their enthusiasm fosters new enthusiasm for new ideas and projects as well as inspires optimism and joy in those who are around them.
At times in our lives we sometimes think that the world somehow takes our enthusiasm, our hopes, and our dreams, away from us. But if we have lost the enthusiasm, then it is us who have let it slip away. Likewise, it is up to us to reclaim it. For enthusiasm leads to great achievement with high quality–it is both the cause and product of our attitude towards whatever we are doing. Without it… we will always be doomed to a life of mediocrity.
Questions to consider:
What does the word “enthusiasm” mean to you? Do you spend any time trying to foster it in your life?
What are some of the causes of diminishing enthusiasm? Why do we allow other people and occurrences to cause us to let our enthusiasm slide away?
What are some activities for which you show great enthusiasm? How can you transfer that enthusiasm to other activities? What might be the results of doing so?
For further thought:
“Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.” – Og Mandino