I brought together three other passionate people recently and something was born. We’re not sure what … but we’re excited and the possibilities are endless. That’s what happens when you allow your imagination to run wild and shoot for the stars. You never know what is to become.
Are your listening to yourself? Maybe now is the time!
Selected Life Lesson
Always be passionate about what you want to pursue. Always think you can never give up.
-Taylor B’s Life Lesson from Haven, Kansas
Having and living a life full of passion is a wonderful thing. But how many of you and your friends actually execute on your passions on a day-to-day basis? I recently re-launched my website because I am doubling-down on my own passions. I am working to make it happen.
Are you? Better yet: What are your passions? Do you know? And if you do know, are you doing anything about them?
You see, passions are great. But if they are just sitting up on the shelf collecting dust, what good are they? They become a box of dusty baseball cards that are depreciating in value. Perhaps today is the day to double-down on your passion. Dust off the box and get moving!
Three days ago was yet another anniversary in my life. It is the day that I lost my campaign for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa. Oh, you didn’t know that?
Back when I was 18 years old (yes, you read that right), I decided that I wanted to be crazy and run for public office. I still lived at home. I was a student at North Iowa Area Community College. A freshman. Did I mention I was still living at home?
I get two questions a lot when talking about the campaign.
First, why did you do it?
I wish there were a simple answer for that question. The great thing with time is that things get simpler. Stories and reasons get softened and a clearer understanding often emerges. Why did I run? Because I had a passion for policy. I had a passion for my community. And I had ideas I wanted to share. All those things, and I wanted to win. I truly did believe that when I announced my candidacy that November afternoon in Southbridge Mall, that I could win.
The second question I get a lot is, when are you going to run again?
That question is a lot like the one I get now, “When are you going to write another book?” The answer to both questions ironically is: When I have something to say. Of course, when it comes to politics, I will always have something to say. That is a passion that will never die. But do I ever see myself running again? Who knows. I love the idea, but not sure I love what it does to life, families and the people involved. I will say this: I learned a lot!
Looking back, nine years hence, I am still tremendously honored that I received the 612 people who voted for me. I had that many people in my town of 30,000 who believed in what I believed. Trusted me with the community’s future.
I carry this experience with me wherever I go. My campaign slogan nine years ago was, “The Time is Now.” It’s interesting to me that my new slogan is, “Believe in Possible.” I did back then. Nine years later, the torch still burns bright.