Enthusiasm is like any other skill. If it is continually practiced and exercised, it gets better. If it is not, then it will atrophy. Enthusiasm rarely comes naturally and it must be the result of conscious effort. Practicing the ability to use enthusiasm can keep you excited and driven even in horrible circumstances.
Go read it, it’s a great piece.
My ability to be enthusiastic is without a doubt my greatest skill. When some new idea really grabs me, my enthusiasm
- Makes me do something about it
- Helps me get others involved by infecting them with enhusiasm
- Gives me the energy to get through the difficult parts and the problems
- Lets me believe I can do it – or at least that it will be fun trying
Enthusiasm also gives me a certain half-blind optimism. I see mostly the opportunities and internally minimize problems and risks. Which is a great thing when you’re trying to do something big.
Looking back, all of the greatest things I have achieved look nearly impossible on paper. If I hadn’t had my enhusiasm to slightly blind me to the challenges involved, I would probably never have tried it. And I certainly wouldn’t have succeeded.
So I say be enthusiastic – and let it show!