The Nature and Nurture of Passion
November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Gregg Levoy.
Passion is ultimately about the hunger to learn and thrive, the impulse toward growth and aliveness. Our attachment to life depends on our interest in it. Passionate people operate from a sense of primary motivation — for the charge and challenge, for the sense of meaning and purpose, not just the payoff, not just ambition.
This presentation, and part workshop, will explore what inspires passion and what defeats it, how you lose it and how you get it back. It’s not just about finding a passion, but living passionately yourself and with your friends, family, community and work colleagues.
Gregg will explore several principles from his recent book Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (2014). Passion can be cultivated. Passion is in the risk — the willingness to step onto the playing field. Passion breeds passion — if you lack passion, your other relationships will be denied that energy. Passion isn’t just exuberance, it’s endurance — sometimes years. Passion is intimately related to health and enhances your vitality.
Gregg Levoy is an author (Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life), columnist, keynote speaker, and former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and “behavioral specialist” at USA Today. He continues to blog for Psychology Today and is a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS. He has presented at numerous business, nonprofit, government and university conferences. Gregg has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.