Most comedians have sick mothers.
--- Jim Carrey, comedian
I was struck when I heard the comic star make this comment in an interview. He shared how he spent a lot of time while growing up attempting to make funny faces to make his mother laugh, to cheer her up and ease her suffering. U2 front man Bono once said that no matter how large the crowd, every singer is always singing for one person. Who is the person you are trying to please, or make happy, or make proud of you? Everything we do is motivated by love. If you can distill whose love you are trying to win through your work, you can discover the roots of your passion. You can also determine what is causing you to become a workaholic and lose your balance. Why? Because you will never “win” anyone’s love; you only have to allow it into your life if it’s there, or move on with your life if it isn’t.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).