Going back to the first day, I recall writing on Facebook and complaining about why I hated football, bla, bla bla . . . you know those kind of ranting. But I was more appalled because of the lack of desire that they exhibited and the lack of passion. But that has all changed now. While someone could easily say that the team's chemistry was more together now, to me, the most evident change that occurred was that the players got more passionate. They really wanted to win, and they have won so far. This is why I have these few submissions:
Firstly, passion is more important than speed, strength and intelligence. A passionate person will get farther than a man of speed and intelligence who lacks passion. The Holy Scriptures had written, the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong to wealth to men of wisdom . . . One of my associate pastors at church made a wise statement when he said "It is not the size of the dog that matters in a fight, but the size of the fight in the dog". Passion puts the extra "zing" in a man's output. People have been employed for showing passion. South-West Airline has a slogan that says that they employ for passion and train for skills". You may have skill and speed and intelligence, but a passionate man without skill will end up acquiring all the skills he needs to surpass the skill-full impassionate.
Secondly, passion gives life to ordinariness. I am a fan of reality TV music talent hunt shows (only when they are showing the live versions o!), and nothing is more exciting than when someone comes to sing and puts in energy and desire. Infact, that is how passion is defined - Energy and Desire! The music comes alive, what would have been so ordinary and colourless becomes active and powerful. The energy permeates the environment, takes charge of the soul and delivers the good. What characterizes the TD Jakes of this world, the Shirley Caesars of this world, and the Darlene Zschech of this world? . . . .Passion . . . energy, desire. It separates the weak from the strong, the lazy from the tough, the un-driven from the driven. This is what makes us call them fantastic, make us call them beautiful, makes their acts so powerful that it is changing the world. You feel passion, you feel the energy, you feel the heat, you feel the life.
Passion will make you go very far. A man of passion, even if he has no skill, will outlast a man of skill but lacking in passion. It is passion that makes you stay on till things change. It is passion that makes you keep trying and trying until the results come. It is passion that made Thomas Edison try 1000 times till he developed the incandescent bulb. It was passion that made Oscar Pretorius the first double amputee to run a 400 meters race with able bodied men at the Olympics games. It passion that made the Nigerian team beat the Ivorian’s at the African Cup of Nations. Passion will make you last long, make you withstand the weather, outlast men of strength, out-do men of skill.
On Sunday, my team, the Super Eagles, will be playing at the finals of the AFCON, I know they are skillfull and strong, but I hope they come out with passion, fire and the hunger to win. And I pray, may they win the cup!