Passionate people — people who want to see the world changed into a better place for themselves, their children and for others — often don't fit the status quo. Because of this, passionate people are often misunderstood. They're often accused of having malicious or self-serving ulterior motives when in reality there are none.
Surrounding yourself with passionate people means you will have to work harder on your relationships. It means taking the time to understand what drives them. It means asking better questions. It means less assuming and deeper listening on your part.
This investment of time and energy is worth it.
Originally published June 2014