The third and final section of Claude Hamilton‘s new book, TOUGHEN UP, covers passion and tenacity; the last two strengths considered in the book. When I think of my good friend Claude, passion and tenacity are two of the first words that come to mind. It takes a man of passion to decide to walk across Canada, and it takes a man with incredible tenacity to actually complete the journey while overcoming obstacle after obstacle. In these last two chapters Claude really shows his readers his heart and his passion for what he did and is doing to build an amazing life for his family. The reason why TOUGHEN UP is so engaging and effective is because Claude exemplifies what he writes. He is a man of integrity and has not written anything in this book that he has not lived himself and has dedicated his life to improving. He knows what he is talking about, and we can all learn something from him.
Part three of TOUGHEN UP outlines the last two strengths:
Here are some of my favourite sections of Part Three: The Pointy Tip
“Passion amplifies effort.”
“But when you act and speak from passion, it is electrifying and contagious. People will be drawn to you. Sure, you’ll turn some people off too, but they’re the ones who probably would have been turned off no matter what you did. And even the ones who are turned off will eventually come to respect your commitment if you stick with it”
“It’s the passionate ones, ruffians and rascals though we may be, who really make a difference. As Jim Butcher wrote, ‘Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more beautiful’.”
“Quitters quit everything”
“The closer you are to your goal, the less timid you can afford to be. And since its often difficult to see how close we are to real achievement, we should just get in the habit of being more and more passionate as we go along.”
“Tenacity means you know that tough times are coming sooner or later, and instead of wondering about the ifs and whens, you get ready to face them by asking about the hows. How will you preparer yourself to meet challenges, how will you react when they come, and how will you overcome them?”
“Success is more about tenacity than talent, more about perseverance than intelligence. Those who stick with it until they succeed may appear smarter – but it’s because they’ve learned more than those who were unwilling to do the hard things.”
I hope you have all enjoyed reading TOUGHEN UP as much as I have. There are so many little things in that book that could make such a big difference in so many lives. If you haven’t already, take the time to flip over your TOUGHEN UP book and read the back cover.
About the Author
Claude Hamilton grew up in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada. At the age of seventeen, he enrolled and served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces. After a few years of coping with the demands of an uncertain schedule and constant travel, he became frustrated with his inability to control many aspects of his own life and longed for more freedom to take risks and achieve the life he desired. He knew the life of an entrepreneur was the only life for him. Therefore, Claude became a dedicated student of leadership principles and built a highly successful leadership business with thousands of followers. Then, with his devoted friends, he co-founded the company LIFE. Along the journey, Claude became a passionate promoter of his principles of success and has helped many business partners duplicate his results. His determination, character, and courage make him a powerful leader who persistently inspires people to reach for their dreams. Claude is deeply committed to his family and takes great pleasure in being a father. He also enjoys adventure, mentoring others, and working hard to be the best example he can be to his business partners, friends and loved ones.
What will you choose to be passionate about? What will you make your life’s mission, and tenaciously run after? I hope you chose something worthwhile and never give up.