Berger Leadership Blog

Oct 13, 2023

Tapping into passion

What in your daily life makes you feel fulfilled? Motivated? Happy? Are you tapping into those passions to make a difference?

These can be tough questions. And finding the right avenue to dial into your passion in an effective way requires intentional work. What you care most is often revealed in difficult times – I’ve found the things I am most passionate about have become crystal clear to me when going through unprecedented circumstances that have altered my thinking.

When you notice your drive and happiness increase as you pursue things, the key is to keep pursuing them.

For me, I’m a focused and engaged husband, father, and leader. I have been an active member of the Florida State University Alumni Association, previously serving as Chair of the Board of Directors, and giving back as a mentor through the Florida State University ProfessioNole Mentors program (and that doesn’t even include the time I spend rooting for the Seminoles on Saturdays in the fall). I am also passionate about both fishing and environmental conservation efforts and have channeled that commitment into serving as Vice Chair of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Board of Directors.

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn from my friend and Executive Coach John Spence who wrote that, “if you're committed and passionate, you're on the path to becoming world-class.” He used the example of Olympic gold medalists who dedicate years of relentless practice and work daily to improve to their craft, ultimately reaching the podium. I couldn’t agree more with his sentiment. Once you identify the things you are passionate about, outline goals and commit fully.

This will look different in our work and in our personal lives, but identifying what matters most to us will help clear the fog and make our top priorities evident. Let your passion fuel you and tap into that fire to create change.

About the Author

B. Dan Berger, President and CEO, NAFCU

Dan BergerB. Dan Berger first joined NAFCU in 2006 and helped turn the association into the premiere advocate for the credit union industry.

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