April 06, 2009

Passion: Ever Too Much?

"If passion drives you let reason hold the reins."

Benjamin Franklin

Many speak admiringly about those who are passionate about their beliefs.

But do you think Mr. Franklin is suggesting that unbridled passion is not enough, maybe even dangerous? That maybe too much passion blinds one to reality?

There is a fine line between "not letting anything stand in your way" and "not listening to reason."

How do you know where one ends and the other begins?


  1. Other words I associate with passion are fanatic, fanaticism and bull headed.

    You do need to believe in what you think, do and say but at the same time you must remain open to the possibility that you are wrong.

  2. I would sooner have a passionate employee than one just going through the motion.

  3. I think Anonymous One has the right idea.


    But I don't connect fanaticism with passion. I've know a lot of bull headed individuals who weren't passionate about anything.