“The effect of having other interests beyond those domestic works well. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” ~Amelia Earhart
In 1937 when most women were committed to family life Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world at the equator. I am sure many thought Amelia to be unconventional, but Amelia pursued her dream. Although no one knows what happened to Amelia and her navigator, some believe they lived out their lives on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, just 300 miles from her intended destination.
“…now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done–occasionally what men have not done–thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do.” ~Amelia Earhart
Although she did not end her flight as intended, she is certainly an extraordinary example of pursuing ones passion regardless of opposition. She set many records in women’s aviation and will forever be remembered for never letting anything stop her. Through the quotes of her life she teaches us how to pursue a passion and never let anything stop us.
“After midnight the moon set and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying.” ~Amelia Earhart
Embrace what ignites your spirit for your own reason. Emelia found her passion with her own spin on it. Flying struck a chord in her that could only be filled with its pursuit. She fell in love with flying and never seemed to let anything come between her and her souls pursuit. Your passions will also pull at your heart. As they continue to call, you will find you have a love affair will develop like no other. You will woe it, create time for it, learn all about it, and find your attraction for it is your unique relationship with it.
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ~Amelia Earhart
The most effective way to do it, is to do it. Emelia did not seem to let conventional ways stop her. She just did what she wanted to do. This quote is a great bit of advise. If you want to do something…stop just talking about it, go do it. Sometimes the first step is the biggest, but it is critical to identify the first step and simply take it.
“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.” ~Amelia Earhart
Create the Perfect Passion Pursuit. There are lots of jobs and activities for each of us to do, but in most we will not find true success until we incorporate our passion. There are many very successful women who are successful simply because they followed their passion, claimed their opportunities, and set a direction. I call this the perfect passion pursuit.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” ~Amelia Earhart
Make a mindful pursuit. All too often fear is the only thing that holds us back from a beautiful pursuit of passion. I love that Amelia calls fears paper tigers. Fear is self-created, yet can feel so real, and can completely stop us from pursuing that which would fulfill us the most. Crush the paper tigers and decide that you can do anything that your heart desires. Then enjoy the process of pursuing your passion and achieving your dreams.
“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” ~Amelia Earhart
Pursue the “impossible”. This is a fabulous quote. One to share with all your nay sayers and one to keep in mind when you see someone pursuing their dreams. Create a culture of passion and do what you can to support not only your dreams, but the dreams of others.
“Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.” ~Amelia Earhart
Clear self created limitations. Worry is another behavior that restricts ones ability to pursue their passion. If you find yourself worried about what could happen you probably have also not taken any real movement towards your purpose and you’re not feeling fulfilled. Even if some success has found you I bet your definition of success still awaits because you have not fully embraced and taking full action towards your passion. One way to combat worry is to have a loosely developed Plan B (or create a safety net), but pursue Plan A wholeheartedly.
“…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying…” ~Amelia Earhart
Decide. Making a decision is simple…simply ask yourself…is it worth the risk? If you are able to take the risk, then the time is now to make your big move.
“Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture.” ~Amelia Earhart
Prepare and ACT. Plans are great, but many can get lost in the planning and substitute planning for action. As a pilot Amelia could have prepared her plane and made detailed flight plans, but if she never took off, it would have all been for not. There probably are aspects of your life you planned and developed and maybe took a step towards, but something prevented you from starting down the runway. Pursuing your passion means you not only plan, but you take off and soar.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” ~Amelia Earhart
Blaze a Trail. One of the great lessons of Finding Your Passion from Amelia is to blaze a trail that allows others to follow. Amelia was a spokesperson for aviation, women’s rights, and the pursuit of one’s passion. She did not pursuit your goals simply to achieve, but to open the door for others. As you pursue your passion remember to pass on the learnings, the encouragement, and the opportunities for those who see you soar.
“Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?” ~Amelia Earhart
Your turn…in the comments section what do you think Amelia meant by the above quote and what does this mean to you?
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