Passion / Desire

“It’s not about passion. Passion is something that we tend to overemphasize, that we certainly place too much importance on. Passion ebbs and flows. To me, it’s about desire. If you have constant, unwavering desire to be a cook, then you’ll be a great cook. If it’s only about passion, sometimes you’ll be good and sometimes you won’t. You’ve got to come in every day with a strong desire. With passion, if you see the first asparagus of the springtime and you become passionate about it, so much the better, but three weeks later, when you’ve seen that asparagus every day now, passions have subsided. What’s going to make you treat the asparagus the same? It’s the desire.”
- Thomas Keller

(via Kottke)

10 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Desire is long term. Something that many people do not have. I believe that i am a passionate man with the desire to be successful in many, many areas in life. Thank you for the explanation of desire and passion.

  2. I always treat asparagus the same.

  3. Nice explanation. It doesn’t help me become the professional basketball player I’ve always had all the passion and desire to be. I’m just too short.

    Libertarian stuff here. “You just don’t want it enough” is what this thing is basically saying.

  4. @Jeff. That made me laugh.

  5. Desire and passion helps you a long way, think the world is missing some passion.

  6. Great, great points!

  7. @Elias

    Muggsy Bogues is 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

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