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The Importance of Passion

Five Lessons on Passion from Caine's Arcade

Rich dad said, “Employees dread the work week and live for the weekend. Their world is made up of two spheres, work and play. The rich don’t know the difference. Their work is their play because they’re passionate about what they do.”

For me, rich dad’s advice has been a valuable lesson. Since a young age, I’ve followed my passions and found ways to make them profitable. To me, my business is like a game. Some people study golf. I study investing and business.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of integrity. Today, I want to show you the importance of passion.

I could write a long post on this, but you’d be better served watching Caine’s story below.

Caine’s Arcade

Little, 9-year old Caine is passionate about arcades. He followed his passions and made his own arcade. Like many passions, people didn’t get his at first. He even faced ridicule from people who didn’t understand his dreams. Yet, he persisted — and good things came.

But here’s the truth: even if the flash mob never showed, Caine would have stuck with his arcade dream. And that is the secret to his success.

There are lots of ways to make money in this world. But as the old proverb goes, what’s the point of gaining the whole world if you lose your soul. The key is to have both, and that is achieved only when we pursue our passions.

Passion gives you the drive to go on.

Caine could easily have quit. Everyone around him would have understood. But instead, he continued to pursue his arcade because he was first doing it for himself, which then became a benefit for others. Like Caine, when we’re passionate about something, we innovate, create, and continue on with our dreams.

Passion pushes you to learn more.

Caine wasn’t content with building his first version of his arcade and leaving it as is. Instead, he continued to learn more and create more. He developed better systems and games. He honed his skills and created better products.

Though only 9 years old, Caine put more thought into his dream than most adults do in a lifetime. Caine’s passion is evident in his craft. Like Caine, those who are successful as adults are those people who instead of becoming calloused and losing their sense of wonder and possibility, instead retain a childlike quality and see the world full of opportunity. They work hard to learn more, honing their craft and increasing their financial education.

Passion is infectious for others.

There’s a reason why Caine’s video has been viewed over 2.5 million times. People love his passion, and they love seeing that one person recognized Caine’s passion and rewarded it. When you’re passionate about your work, whether building a company or investing in real estate, others see that passion and are drawn to it. Good things come from that attraction.

Passion makes work fun

What could be more fun than building a cardboard arcade? Lots of things actually. For me, I love financial education and learning. I took that passion and created the Rich Dad Company, which provides financial education and resources for people worldwide. It started on my kitchen table as a dream and now is a global company. Each day, I get to do what I love. My work is fun and it never gets old. What do you love to do, and how can you make your work fun?

Passion is the beginning of success

Every successful person in life began by pursuing a passion, usually against all odds. That is the beauty of entrepreneurship. Generally, you have only a passion, a good idea, and a dream. Though ideas and dreams come and go, if passion is never lost, eventually good things will come your way.

What is your passion? What lessons can you learn from little Caine in following them? How will you achieve your dreams?

Here are free, financial education resources to help you pursue your passion

Original publish date: April 17, 2012