Thursday, January 8, 2009

When your work and passion converge

People who make a living out of their passion are the lucky ones. For them, work is no longer 'work'. They enjoy every moment of their day and lead very fulfilling lives.

I have written about my music teacher from school, Dennis Powell who was doing this.

Another person who is lucky enough to be doing this is Timothy Marthand. Tim was my classmate at school for a year. He eventually got into playing the piano and has never looked back. He now performs at concerts all over the world.


The piano is the center of his world. Everything revolves around it. He does yoga to strengthen his body so that his fingers get the support they require to be able to practice for hours to give him the perfection this art requires.

When your work is your passion, you don't really feel that you are working. We spend most of our waking life at work. So, if this time is spent on doing something you really enjoy, nothing could be better.

I am reading the book "The monk who sold his Ferrari" and there is one very important concept in the book which can be summarized in this line from the book:

"Find out what you truly love to do and then direct all your energy towards doing it."

Many of us don't know what we truly love to do. Some of us who do know this find it difficult to actually make a career out of it. The book advises us to make some effort in finding out what it is that really excites us.

My work currently is also quite good. I enjoy it. But I'm not sure if it is 'my calling'. I'm not sure if this is 'it'.

2 comments:

Kartik said...

We had a music teacher called Mr.Marthand back in school. He was a very good violin player! And he also used to teach piano etc

So, now I am guess they are related, could he be his son? I don't know. But thanks to this I suddenly recollected all the nice time we had with Mr.Marthand! Thanks!

Kamal Shah said...

Yes, the legendary Mr. John Marthand, that's him. He is the pioneer of Western Classical music in this part of the world. He has taught innumerable people this art and sent hundreds for their music exams conducted by the Royal College of Music, London. The entire family on my mother's side was taught the piano and violin by him.