The Butterfly Effect of Passion

The Butterfly Effect of Passion

It was Xmas time. The CEO and accompanied with his senior managers decided to tour the different parts of the huge factory. In every case the CEO could see the cleaners sweeping the floors. In each manufacturing floor he made a point to ask the cleaner what his job was. In all cases the cleaner humbled by his job said "I am a cleaner". The senior managers were shocked that the CEO embarrassed the cleaners with the same question even though he could see what they were doing. Finally, they walked into a floor and the CEO asked the cleaner the same question. The cleaner looked the CEO in the eyes and said "I am the one who cleans the floor so that your staff don't get sick, produce more, and the company makes more profits". The CEO ordered that cleaner be qualified to do other jobs.

There is a great passion for work and for people in this real story. The cleaner served not himself, but the employees and company. He didn't see his job as a humble one, he added weight to it. What others might consider a humble job he turned it into an important one. We inflame passion by adding wonderment to it and more by creating a human value so that this passion may stay long.

We have passions, but passions shall not lead to sustained actions unless we give what we do a scope that is greater than ourselves. We may become passionate to what we do if we enhance the value of the work we do. Self-centered passions to work or what I like to call "egoist passions" are not impacting.

I decided to review the life of Alfred Noble and how this man turned from inventing dynamite to promoting organizations that promote peace. Alfred Nobel had passion to develop dynamites to help his family with their construction work. This passion led to the killing of one of his brothers and other people because the dynamite was unsafe to handle. His passion proved greater than death and kept working till he found a way to handle dynamite safely. Unfortunately, the use of dynamite extended to wars and killing people and not only for construction works. It was this realization that made him change his passion to serving people.

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There is a great risk in employees who do what they do without passion. Nothing "moves" them and they stay within the boundaries of what they have to do. These employees remind me of the passion flower. The way this plant grows is amazing. You may watch to enjoy a video about this.


This passion flower is capable of defending itself by releasing a sticky chemical so that bugs may not harm it. Humans should avoid holding the leaves of this plant because the leaves emit unpleasant odor if we try to torn or cut the leaves.

There is a great lesson here. Even passionate employees who are not turning their passion into action might do the same. They tend to defend themselves by excreting bad odors and they are capable of poisoning their own passions.

Life takes us into different paths and our passions may change accordingly. No matter what, we need to put in passion in what we do to move. If we don't, then we shall remain in our position. Like plants find ways to defend themselves, we too tend to do the same and release toxic or unpleasant odors at the work place.

We need passions towards people so that these passions may be of greater value than what we would think of.


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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
You are spot-on David Navarro L\u00f3pez. Leaders should grow passion in their organizations so that productivity may grow accordingly. The problem starts when leaders are devoid of passion.

David Navarro Lรณpez

David Navarro Lรณpez

4 years ago #23

I have learned from a very wise business man that a company which does not intend to grow, within some time will die. To achieve a willing-to-grow company, it is vital that its components, the workers, have the same will too. And this is very unlikely going to happen without passion for what one does. This passion can come from the inside, but it is most important that the leaders of the company promote this passion. Sadly enough, many times passion can be misunderstood and suffocated, causing indifference in people which initially showed this kind of passion.

๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams

#24
That's true Mohammed Sultan The passion should be attached to interests and should be targeted at improving the skills we need to flourish in our careers.

๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams

#24
That's true Mohammed Sultan The passion should be attached to interests and should be targeted at improving the skills we need to flourish in my careers.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
I must tag \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams. I liked this Passion is attached more to the employee "core interests"than his /her "core skills" '

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Great point @Zacharias Voulgaris. Yes, a bee makes honey for others even if they rob it.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Thank you dear \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams and this is exactly what I have tried to show in the buzz wit examples "Employee's need to identify their passion and attach a strong reason for fulfillment. Otherwise it may be poisoned or drowned by other passions". Success grows in proportion to the size of the pot in which its seeds are grown. Passion makes the pot larger and so success.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
My answer to your question Amina Alami is hardly any.Passion doesn't stop a successful businessperson at one accomplishment as s/h keep looking for the next one. For them , success is not a buss stop and their passion carries them to the next one .

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Very sound contribution yours is Ian Weinberg " The passion and the meaning and purpose that it drives becomes a force for 'good' rather than 'evil' when the action fulfills the need for 'value contribution'. You put many issues into perspective

Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris

I'm sure bees (the insects) feel the same way. Even though they are passionate about making honey, they don't do it for themselves (or the queen bee for that matter). That's how bears manage not to starve and how we get to enjoy a cup of sweet sweet tea (with honey in it) โ˜บ

๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams

Such a beautiful buzz Ali Anani and a magnificent video. Wow watching this video made my heart just sparkle for a moment. The way this flower blooms is so magical to watch. Passions are like this plant they need to be nurtured to bloom out magnificently like this. You say "We inflame passion by adding wonderment to it and more by creating a human value so that this passion may stay long " . Wikipedia says " Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. May be a friendly or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, discovery, or activity or love โ€“ to a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion, a positive affinity or love, towards a subject. It's means so many things . Passion holds value when there is a cause attached to it. The reason to fulfill this emotion should be strong as it drowns among other passions we have. Identify your passion and your identify yourself. Employee's need to identify their passion and attach a strong reason for fulfillment. Otherwise it may be poisoned or drowned by other passions. The crux of passion to me is reason and the what we get in return to it's fulfillment.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #13

I enter this conversation at the tail end Ali Anani. Many fine words have been articulated in this dialogue - perhaps I can make a small contribution by attempting to integrate several concepts. I would contend that passion is the fuel for purposeful and meaningful business. The sense of meaning and purpose reflects a subjective feeling of contributing and being part of, a bigger 'thing'. The passion and the meaning and purpose that it drives becomes a force for 'good' rather than 'evil' when the action fulfills the need for 'value contribution' - making something better than it was before you engaged with it.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Dear debasish majumder I met Maradona in person in Jordan as he attended a sports event in which my company was the promoter. You wrote "how passion also make one compelled to make ignominious work, forgetting his status and stature! do you think it is sensible for one to compromise with a given circumstances only to garner fame and name"? Every coin has two sides. It is unfortunate passions are no different. I am talking about the positive power of emotions. The power that increased your readers of poetry to thousands and urged them to express their admiration in their comments. I am only one of your supporters. poet with no passion shall never make it. Your passion to the poor and their causes have resulted in yur writing of several posts that touched our hearts. Passion evokes passion. You make me remember Edison and how his passion kept him trying till he succeeded. I can go on, but I accept your logic passionately.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
One point still amazes me deardebasish majumder- you write passionately moving poems. As a renowned poet, I wonder what role passion plays in your writing poetry?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
All what I can say debasish majumder we have and know of many stories of people who started with a less significant job passionately and then reached the top ladder. Instead of grumbling about what they were doing they did what they did with passion and other opportunities presented to them to walk up the ladder. A sweeper shall remain where he is; a sweeper who sweeps his passion to excel passionately at what h/s is doing is a different story together. The other day I was reading the story of the forward attacker of Leicester City Football club and how he passion moved him from a worker in coal mines to a rising football star. I an't talk about the persons who obey orders to kill; how they feel and how passionately they do it. I am almost certain they see nightmares during their sleep even though they were just following orders. To go up you need first to stay firmly in your current position. I know of your passion to write poetry. You now this passion shall drive you to write more and better poetry. You may become a renowned poet and may not. However; the opposite is not true.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Thank you dear@Aurorasa. In fact, friendship doesn't mean agreeing on all issues; to the opposite it means being honest and expressing freely our opinions. We learn from each other this way.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Thank you for agreeing to disagree dear debasish majumder. I have a question for you. You remind of what Martin Luther King said about sweepers "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well".

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I thank you immensely dear Mohammed Sultan for sharing your two wonderful lessons. Both of them are strikingly beautiful. Know your position before deciding where to go and what to do. I agree in full with you. TO row when this position is defined and known then grow with passion to rise to new levels. Lovely comment and it deserves special attention.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
AS your comment stirred my existence dear Harvey Lloyd. I surely enjoyed your definition of expectation

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Dear Sara Jacobovici- absolutely and your explanation of meaning has surpassed my knowledge. You are spot on. I like your idea "At times that passion needs to be protected because others could be threatened by the passion". I wonder if this issue has been addressed with clarity you expressed it. Thank you for an inspiring comment.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear Savvy Raj for extracting my belief as well. I appreciate greatly your comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #3

#2
"a scope that is greater than ourselves" equals expectations. If i am reading the synchronicity as defined by your question. The floor sweeper had his/her sites on the larger expectation of the company and their experience with in it. Ali Anani you do stir the canyons of our existence.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #2

Dear Ali Anani, the underlying word that I am hearing throughout your buzz is meaning. The meaning we give to something; our work, our behavior, our interactions, our experiences, allows for passion to blossom. At times that passion needs to be protected because others could be threatened by the passion. Passion at work can exist if each one of us sees ourselves as a part of something, as you say, "that is greater than ourselves" rather than on a lower level of a hierarchy. Thank you, Dr. Ali, for another thought provoking piece.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #1

Dear Harvey Lloyd's buzz and tell me if you are experiencing any of the synchronicity I am right now.

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