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There are people who have so much passion for what they do, they make the status quo look like amateurs.

Not everyone can handle the pressure that comes from such passion.

Some wait their whole lives for it.

And some, well, it’s who they are.

It’s a manifestation of some higher purpose.

A higher calling.

They make sacrifices.

Some unintentional.

Some, unwanted.

Important things can suffer.

There is no easy answer.

There is no “one correct way”.

It’s a two-way street.

This is what makes it such a gamble.

Either way.

Taking risks is risky. And so is playing it safe.

Pick one.

But try not to pick the wrong one.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    That is one thing I admire about my older son, Zachary. Everything he does, whether school, church, sports, piano, or life, he is out there taking risks and making things “uniquely his.” He is not a lemming, but a leader.


  2. Granted, his mom and I have always been encouraging him to not just do the “status quo,” but I think it also goes back to the debate between nature and nurture…born that way and encouraged to be that way. There are some things that I believe God has placed in him to be a natural leader – to challenge the “status quo” for greater end results. Like the other day – he came home from school with 2nd place in the young inventor’s contest at school. He did that on his own and even though I thought his invention lacked the “wow” factor, he sold the idea of “meeting a need” to the judges and came home with 2nd place. So I believe he has the God-given personality to really rally people behind his ideas, even if they aren’t, on paper, full of “wow.” But at the same time, he also has unwavering encouragement to reach higher – go beyond the norm!

    His little brother, even though his personality is quite different, is developing that creative drive himself now. I think part of it is trying to keep up with big brother, but also, I see a lot of myself at their age, and I want to encourage them to aim higher and to take risks.


  3. Here’s one of my favorite quotes on the subject:

    “Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”
    — Joss Whedon spoken by Angel in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

    1. Sally, thank you for sharing this.
      All I can say after reading it is, “Wow. He nailed it.”
      Buffy the vampire slayer? Who knew? 🙂

  4. Bob, after reading this, something struck me. You and your wife are blessed beyond measure to have the family you have.

    The really cool thing that I observe?

    It’s that you realize this.

    Thank you for being a great role model.

  5. Jeff,

    Wow – I humbly thank you. I say humbly because I know of days where I fall so short of that goal. But each day I get up and try again.


    1. Agreed Bob. We all fail from time to time. No secret there, eh?
      Our duty is to keep trying. Keep praying for wisdom and guidance – and especially forgiveness.
      Let our children see what a well-lived life looks like, so they don’t have to look farther than across the dining room table to find a great role model.
      Make your Monday GREAT!

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