Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Read and Renew

Where is your passion?

Is it in your work, your friends, your hobbies, your family?

I re-found my passion in a book. A good friend of mine had been telling me about this book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, for years. I had put off reading it because I thought, "Why in the world would I want to read a story about an alchemist?"

More importantly I thought, "What is an alchemist?"

Then a few Christmas' ago, I received the book as a gift. I was immediately interested -- now there were two people, who knew me well, leading me to open the pages of this mysterious book.

I quickly began on a literary journey that only lasted two days. As I was reading, it was as if each page was speaking to me. It had been a long time since a book had touched my soul in this way. I was mesmerized!

Overall, it was a quick and easy read, but more importantly, it was a read that changed my outlook on my life. You see, at the time, I had become bored with my job. I was lackluster, robotic, and completely unsatisfied with my work.

The Alchemist changed this. When I closed the book, a light switch clicked on. I re-discovered my purpose in life. My passion. My passion of teaching others.

That led me to where I am today… into my role as the Double-Tall, Non-Fat, No-Whip Sales Barista. A job where I wear many hats (designer of course)! I sell, I speak, I share, I write, I train -- all allowing me to teach others along the way.

There was one simple line in the book that specifically re-sparked my love of teaching and confirmed that this is my life's purpose: "Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is."

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher. Plain and simple. Over the years, I have found that when I am helping another person learn how to do something new, like helping my dad with a computer, cell phone, GPS, or pretty much any new-age electronic, I am fulfilled with joy.

What did you dream to be when you grew up?

Where is your passion? Is it alive in you and the other lives you touch daily? Or is it lackluster, robotic, and unsatisfied?

The Alchemist helped me uncover or simply rediscover my life's purpose. If you are that lackluster, robotic, unsatisfied person I was, I challenge you to remember your dreams and take action!

What actions can you take to rediscover your passion?

1. Think Big – dream of what you wanted to do as a child, when you had no concept of limitations. What was it that you loved to pretend to be or do?

2. Act Big – take action steps to make that dream a reality. Look at ways that your passion appears in your day-to-day life and take action to spend more time doing those things.

3. Change Big – make changes that allow your passion to shine. Did you dream of being a veterinarian as a child? Maybe that isn't feasible now (or maybe it is), but volunteering for your local animal shelter is!

My passion was recently confirmed. After attending one of my Yes! Attitude training workshops, a young man was inspired to take action by my teaching. I see it everyday on his Facebook page and I smile. Passion accomplished!

Email me, subject PASSION! with YOUR best espresso shot tip on how you combine your passion with your work! One lucky person will win their own copy of The Alchemist and have their tip posted on my facebook page!

I'm your Double-Tall, Non-Fat, No-Whip Sales Barista. How may I help you help yourself?

Stephanie Melish, one of the few, hand-selected, Gitomer-Certified Speakers is the ONLY Double-Tall, Non-Fat, No-Whip Sales Barista in the world! Stephanie trains, sells, and speaks to companies and associations all over the country. To book Stephanie for your next event, please visit or contact the friendly folks at Buy Gitomer via email or by calling 704-333-1112.

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