Passion & Hustle

“What I’m really terrified of is leading an average, ordinary life with a regular job and an invariable routine, planned holidays, an average household, fixed responsibilities and not doing anything different to be remembered by.”

Now I’m not dismissing people who are currently living their lives as mentioned above – just to get things straight. If those people are already contented with their lives, have found their meaning and purpose, then by all means – their lives are blessed. Success is only defined by one’s own meaning.

To me, success means happiness. If I have found (and executed) purpose over the course of my lifetime, then I will consider myself to be successful. I can safely say the same for some others out there as well.

We’ve heard of passion. We’ve heard of hustle. Of skills, knowledge, talent, work ethic, drive, motivation and the likes of those words. These things – these very things are usually the driving factors that determine how you will eventually reach your goals & dreams in life. Others have suggested that you need a combination of those factors and not just one. Mainly because the fire in you can easily die out if you don’t support/feed it with other important variables.

Some have even came up with “success formulas” deriving from the said factors, combining them – in an attempt to be working examples for the learning souls.

Passion + Serious Work Ethic = Success

Talent + Hustle = Success

Motivation + Skills + Learning Attitude = Success

And TONS of others. Truth be told, you will only know the “secret formula” or “success formula” once you’ve tried and tested them out. In other words, TO DO. Put in action into your plans, in whichever method you want, and learn from the process/results. I believe that is the best way for you to know what success (AND failure) feels like. From there, you can keep on trying and experiment other “growth techniques” until you get what you want.

Honestly, it’s easier said than done. But you’ll never know unless you try. Know this – your ideas are worth a shot. If you feel strongly for your idea(s), then go out there and find a way to make it work.

I remember two quotes that were really meaningful to me that they stuck with me ever since.

“The bold outwins the smart.”

“Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t do any work.”

Of course, it isn’t fair to say that smartness is useless, but if you are smart, then pick up your courage and just go for it. Don’t forget to do your due diligence and planning prior, though.

As with all greatness that has been put forth into this world – inventions, for example, they don’t come by easily. But that’s the beauty of it. The hardships, the sweat equity, the challenges that you’ll go through will only help you to think and eventually perform better.

Let’s all strive to be more involved in what we love (passion), to do things for a good cause, finding our purpose, benefiting humankind and our planet, maximizing our potential, and helping others who are in need of help as we go cruise through this life. I strongly believe that each one of us are highly capable of great things if only we break free from fear, think more and take actions to achieve things.

I wish the best for all of you who are as hungry as I am and are passionate about what life has to offer. Remember, your mind is a powerful thing. With it, you are able to do great things. As Nike said it best, “Just Do It!”  🙂


Nadira Shirlonna



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