1. Mandy Allen
    July 1, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Hi Barrie, great post, I do so agree that passion impacts on how we focus and focus certainly impacts on our passion.

    I also had a very different career path in mind when I was younger, always wanted to be in hotel management, but when I left school my parents could not afford for me to go to college, and at that time there was not the financial help available that there is now, so I went into a different career path and it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that a hotel owner offered me the opportunity I had longed for, to manage his hotel. But as they say, everything that is meant to happen happens and I probably wasn’t anywhere near responsible enough to make it a career when I was younger.

    Enjoy the journey!


  2. Marquita Herald
    July 1, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

    Well said! thank you for sharing your story. I’m sorry you had to learn such a hard lesson, but i think sometimes these are the most worthwhile. One of my favorite books is The power of focus and i couldn’t agree more with your point about how important it is.


  3. Sarah Arrow
    July 1, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    Afternoon Barrie, I agree that passion is not enough on it’s own. So many marketers and business coaches feed the lie that passion without drive, determination, focus, curiousity and many other things will kill your dream faster than anything else. I’d go as far as saying business coaches should be banned from using the word passion entirely.


    • Barrie Evans
      July 5, 2016 @ 10:34 pm

      Good point about coaches not using passion. I think passion is a very personal thing and cannot be replicated. It’s important to encourage the focus that will drive you forward with the power of that passion coming from you can do so much as I have experienced myself.


  4. ikechi
    July 2, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    Hi Barrie

    What a topic and this is the REASON why i had to reference to your post. You are right that focus drives passion. focus isn’t enough alone but when it is APPLIED to passion, it does wonders.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care


  5. Sue Bride
    July 2, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi barrie, my own passions have got a bit out of control and I’m now lacking focus. as you say that is so important. I have made a pledge to myself to find out why and what to do about it. Following my journey is the topic of my own pac carnival contributions.


    • Barrie Evans
      July 5, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

      I know how it feels to have things out of control. Distractions away from my real focus is killer for me. Unfortunately they are distractions that cannot be ignored in my case, but it’s so frustrating sometimes and I have to just get on with things.


  6. Lesly T. Federici
    July 3, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi Barrie..
    Passions change which I think reflects where you are in your life and what interests you. But, I do believe there is a “thread” that weaves in and out of our lives that creates a foundation – that certain something we keep coming back to – like your music, right? As an example… I have certainly found this to be true in my own life …


    • Barrie Evans
      July 5, 2016 @ 10:28 pm

      Interesting thought that certainly makes sense Lesly 😀


  7. Paula
    July 6, 2016 @ 5:07 am

    Sometimes it seems our focus is important and distractions just test us. Perseverance strongly comes into play with unintended and unwanted distractions. Like I was reading your blog and someone comes into the room asking tons of questions and basically pushing for attention that takes your focus away. Sound familiar anyone? Anyhow, great topic….I lean strongly toward focus vs passion anyday. But as the old saying goes, “I plan and God laughs.” I get it, lol, sometimes.


  8. Deborah A. Ten Brink
    July 7, 2016 @ 7:44 pm


    What I immediately enjoyed about your post was how you shared your own personal experience with passion. I knew from you participating in my Facebook group that you were back into music. What really resonates with me is how you felt when you had to leave your creative side behind while performing your day job. I, too, had to focus on other things while earning a living in real estate and its related fields.

    Honestly, what I had to do was find opportunities within that niche that allowed me to be creative or I would have suffocated, LOL!

    That’s why when I moved to Arizona, which was a 2400 mile drive, I had time to think about what I wanted to do the rest of my life that would make me feel fulfilled. I just couldn’t do the real estate niche any more. I thought back to what I had truly enjoyed over my 30+ years. What I truly enjoyed was creating and designing websites and blogs, photography, videography, and… In the far recesses of my mind, I remembered the joy of painting! So, that’s how I got to focus on my passion!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog post. I always try to make people think and inspire them. It makes me so happy to know I helped you in some small way. 🙂

    Continued success my friend! Don’t stop the music!



    • Barrie Evans
      July 7, 2016 @ 11:13 pm

      SO happy you enjoyed and you found something that resonated so well with you Deborah 😀


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