In the grand scheme of things, we don’t need validation from others to stay true to our passion and purpose. Yet, validation that comes in the form of support for our dreams, appreciation for our work and how it positively impacts people’s lives and encouragement to keep doing what we are doing, brings a level of inspiration that heats up our passion, inspires us to manage our challenges and pushes us to stretch ourselves.
When someone calls me, emails me, or comments on my writing (blog posts, weekly column, feature articles, essays…) speechlessness precedes my verbal or written responses. I almost can’t believe they are responding to something I have written. Many of my writer friends tell me that they react the same way. Gradually, it gives way to the realization that this is validation that I am honouring my passion – writing to inspire readers to dare to be themselves, live full and purposeful lives and identify and pursue their dreams.
Whenever validation comes, how does it affect how you view what you do and how you approach and engage with your passion?