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The Real Secret to Success is Enthusiasm

By Chuck Gallozi

“The Real Secret to Success Is Enthusiasm.”
(-Walter Chrysler, Founder of Chrysler Motors)

Enthusiasm: A little thing that makes a BIG difference.

The word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from Greek and means God within (entheos). It refers to a divine spark or fire that burns within the breast of those with a passion for a cause, job, or life in general. “Enthusiasm,” according to Henry Ford, “is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” Enthusiasm is all that and a lot more. Years may wrinkle the skin, but the absence of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. For this reason, Malcolm S. Forbes said, “People who never get carried away should be!”

Did you ever return from a hard day of work completely drained? You plop down in a chair exhausted. After hearing a ring, you get up and struggle to the phone. Your friend is on the line, enthusiastically describing a party taking place at his home. “Come on over,” he says. You know what happens next . . . Suddenly you find yourself filled with energy and on your way to the party. That is an example of the power of enthusiasm. It is a source of boundless energy. The trick is to expand your passion to include your job, family, and all that life encompasses. Once you do so, you’ll never be tired again.

Enthusiasm will not only make you more productive, but it will lighten burdens and make obstacles easier to overcome. You will have the energy to succeed. It will also make you happier, for as Charles Kingsley wrote, “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief goals of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Enthusiasm is contagious, but so is the lack of it. Look about. Are your companions moping around with glazed eyes? If so, maybe it’s because of you! Turn on your mental ignition; get excited and you will find that your enthusiasm will spark theirs. When you are enthusiastic in the workplace, you inspire others and win their cooperation.


Parts 2, 3, and 4 will follow.  Tune in next month!




Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm by Dr. Ron Kaiser

Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm by Norman Vincent Peale

Enthusiasm Makes the Difference by Norman Vincent Peale

The Trance of Scarcity: Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your Life by Victoria Castle

Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison

Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want by Frederick PhD, Ronald J.


Sonny Melendrez: Intentional Enthusiasm: How to accelerate personal greatness

Kevin Ward: How to Have Energy and Enthusiasm All the Time!

Swami Mukundananda: The Power of Inspiration and Enthusiasm


Reprinted by permission.


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