Passion Energizes Your Talent

You can’t help people become winners unless they want to win. Champions become champions from within, not from without. – John Maxwell

For those of us that have been on key with the review of the John Maxwell book, Talent Is Never Enough, I really appreciate. The next characteristic of a talent plus person is PASSION.

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Passion is the fuel of your dreams. Once your passion tank is empty, your success car comes to a halt. Passion is what makes you stand up eight times even after you have fallen seven times. The ears of passion are immune to criticisms, firefighters and joy-kills. Passion is unstoppable. Passion is energetic. Passion is adrenaline.

I recount a story Maxwell shares about “Socrates in which a proud and disdainful young man came to the philosopher and, with a smirk, said, “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.”

Seeing the shallow and vain young man for what he was, Socrates led the young man down to the sea into waist-deep water. Then he said, “Tell me again what you want.”

“Knowledge,” he responded with a smile.

Socrates grabbed the young man by the shoulders and pushed him down under the water, holding him there for thirty seconds, “Now, what do you want?”

“Wisdom, O great Socrates,”the young man sputtered.

The philosopher pushed him under once again. When he let him up, he asked again, “What do you want?”

“Knowledge, O wise and  …,” he managed to spit out before Socrates held him under again, this time even longer.

“What do you want?” the old man asked as he let him up again. The younger man coughed and gasped.

“Air!” he screamed. “I need air!”

“When you want knowledge as much as you just wanted air, then you will get knowledge,” the old man stated as he returned to shore.”

  1. Passion is the first step to achievement.
  2. Passion increases willpower.
  3. Passion produces energy.
  4. Passion is the foundation for excellence.
  5. Passion is the key to success.
  6. Passion makes a person contagious.

Maxwell suggests ways to fire up your passion:

  1. Prioritize your life according to your passion. Do not spend too much of your time doing tasks for which you possess neither talent nor passion.
  2. Protect your passion. There are two kinds of people: firelighters, who will go out of their way to keep your fire hot, and firefighters, who will throw cold water on the fire of passion that burns within you. So, protect your passion.
  3. Pursue your passion with everything you’ve got. Passion is what will empower you to make your mark.

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

A Scribe Will Understand

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Credit: TomVMorris

I realise as a writer that:

Writing is my backstage.

It is where I retreat.

It is where I do not have to act.

It is where I practice and prepare.

So, when I come out of my pen and paper,

I am not afraid of the lights.


With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

Belief Lifts Your Talent

I am thankful to everyone who asked me to expand on one of the previous posts, Things That Don’t Require Talent . The first characteristic of a talent-plus person is Belief. John Maxwell shares the story of an eight-year old athlete Joe Namath as recounted in Namath’s biography of a conversation between Joe and his father, John:

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“That’s real nice, son. Fits you good.”

Joey was the smallest kid on that team. He was the youngest, too, probably a year. “You know, Daddy, those other kids are so good,” he said. “They are bigger than I am…I don’t have a chance.”

“Well, you take that uniform off right now,” his father said. “Take it back to the manager and tell him that you can’t make the team because the other boys are better than you are.”

Joey looked at his father with those sad, dreamy eyes. “Oh, no, Daddy. I can’t do that.”

“If you can’t make it to the team, what’s the use of keeping the uniform?”

“But, Daddy,” he said, “they’re so good.”

“You’re good, too. You can field grounders. You can hit the ball. You know where to make the plays.”

John gave the boy a choice: return the uniform or practice with the team. If, after the practice, he didn’t feel that he was better than every other kid, he should quit. 

Joey said he’d try.

As it happened, he turned out to be the best player on that Elks team.

That initial step of belief is what lifted Joe’s talent into greater heights. Belief is worth buying into, because if you need to become your best, you need to believe your best. Maxwell says you need to:

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  1. Believe in your potential. I learnt from this that life already has enough limitations; why should you impose additional limitations by not believing in your potential? Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. John Maxwell is great at illustrating points with stories. He retells a story by writer Mark Twain “in which a man died and met Saint Peter at the pearly gates. Immediately realizing that Saint Peter was a wise and knowledgeable individual, the man inquired, “Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Tell me who was the greatest general of all time?” Saint Peter quickly responded, “Oh, that’s a simple question. It’s that man right over there.” “You must be mistaken,” responded the man, now very perplexed. “I knew that man on earth and he was just a common labourer.” “That’s right, my friend,” assured Saint Peter. “He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general.” Mohandas Gandhi said, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
  2. Believe in yourself. Do not just believe that you have great potential. You need to also believe that you can fulfil that potential!
  3. Believe in your mission. Believe in what you are doing. It will empower you. It will encourage you. It will enlarge you.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” This initially made me giggle. However, if you want to achieve something in life, you have to be willing to be disappointed. You need to expect to succeed. Does that mean you always will? No. You will fail. You will make mistakes. But if you expect to win, you maximize your talent, and you keep trying. Then like Joe Namath, you will eventually succeed.

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.





She had been aware for a while of some whispers in the dark, tipping toes and controlled laughter. As she tried to catch some rest, she thought of the smell of kerosene and smoke that filled the room as she made her meal. She had forgotten to drink some water because all she wanted to do was sleep. 

Soon, her ears no longer heard the whispers and her skin could not feel the sheets. Her nose perceived a body of water as she walked on a white sand. She was tired and full of thirst, so she trudged eagerly to see the opportunity that awaited her. Ten of the people she had seen on her way were at the river, kneeling and scooping water into jars. They were men and women of the middle age bracket and as soon as she set her eyes on them, she held out all ten fingers, garnering sympathy in her eyes, and more than her expectations, ten cups were offered to her. She reached out for one of the cups without further ado and made way to her mouth. Before she could drink, the wind blew the cup away and some words were written across the sand, “Don’t be so thirsty that you drink from every cup handed to you; that’s how you get poisoned.”

Her alarm rang, it was 4 a.m. Dazzle jerked up and held her chest, “Thank God that was a dream.”

Life is full of opportunities and I have tried to capture this by using this quote I read somewhere (not sure who the author is). However, not every open door is a great door. We need direction, discretion and wisdom to choose the right door of opportunity to walk through, even if they look inviting.

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.


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Credit: MuseADance

You are not afraid of flying, you are afraid of dying.

You are not afraid of trying, you are afraid of failing

You are not afraid of speaking up, you are afraid of being laughed at.

You are not afraid of confessing your faith, you are afraid of being persecuted.

You are not afraid of following your dreams, you are afraid of not being a success.

You are not afraid of taking new steps, you are afraid of the unknown.

You are not scared of heights, you are scared of falling and dying.


As a Christian, I have learnt that the opposite of fear is faith! Today, I am going to urge you to be determined in God to let go of every iota of fear. Kenneth Copeland said, “Faith is the original. Fear is the counterfeit and the real overcomes the phony every time.”

Truth is, fear is not a feeling. It is not an emotion. It is a spiritual force because my Bible says that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. Repeat loudly after me:

I do not have the spirit of fear!

I refuse to be full of fear!

I have overcome by faith!

I believe I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!

So hey, what are you afraid of?

Goodbye Royalty,

With Overflowing Love,

Alexandra Zion.

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