Passion: The Human Driving Force


In the course of the human existential struggles in this finite life, one has to find himself in the random midst of the multitude of living beings. So that, using that which is the essence of the human beings, namely, rationality, one finds for himself his passion, that is, his innate quality, property or attribute which drives his associated temperament. One of the mistakes that young people do is that they allow themselves to be negatively or positively influenced, while relegating their innate drives and passion to the background. Hence, one could ask: what is the cause(s) of this? The inevitable answer to this question is very striking, in that, it could be a lack of critical thinking, the political, economic and moral decadence in Nigeria, the deteriorating nature of one’s family background, the quality of the kind of friends one keeps, over-religiosity (what people call over-rycho or over righteous(ness)) or bad impressions already created in the minds of the many people that one has encountered.

In the long run, amongst the human existential struggles, and irrespective of the fact one may have already made some plans on what to do everything every next minute, the most natural and existential thing to do is to find one’s drives and passion (if not found yet) and be resolute, dedicated, devoted, contented, concentrated, focused, and determined on it. It will never fail you, that is the best way to achieving success and attaining greater heights.

What is Passion?

For the contextual interest and scope of this piece, it suffices to say that passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal or cause, to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity, to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion toward a drive. Denis Diderot describes passions as “penchants, inclinations, desires, and aversions carried to certain degree of intensity, combined with an indistinct sensation of pleasure or pain, occasioned or accompanied by some irregular movement of the blood and animal spirits. They can be so strong as to inhibit all practice of personal freedom, a state in which the soul is in some sense rendered passive; whence the name passions.

Ways of Finding One’s Passion

In lieu of the intent of this article, some of the ways of finding one’s passion are as what follows below; thus:

  • Ask yourself some simple questions about yourself.
  • Do not presume that your passion should be your job.
  • Work out what you hate doing.
  • Find the things you are mediocre at.
  • Remember what you loved doing as a child.
  • Creating/Learning something brand new.
  • Follow your instincts.
  • Being true to yourself.
  • Being confident in your own judgment and decisions.
  • Finding what impresses you and makes you happy.

Summary to Staying Focused and Resolute

Since passion is a strong sometimes uncontrollable desire or thirst for something, one has to definitely stay focused and be resilient in whatever that drives him, which could be playing golf, evangelism, fishing, music, dancing, making adventures and many more. In 1998, the late basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, at 18, received a phone call from the late music legend Michael Jackson, Michael told Bryant that the only way to success is to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the many successful people, why they succeeded and why they failed; and so, that for Bryant to be successful in the basketball world, he had to stay focused, resilient, resolute, and determined in the game. Thus, following this inspiration, everyone is strongly urged to be focused, resilient, resolute, and determined in whatever that drives them, and in whatever their passion could be.
Good Luck to everyone!!!

Okorie Chizoba Sebastian is a Philosopher, a Logician and Metaphysician. He hails from Nigeria, as he articulated this article in the Nigerian context.