Picture this: In a country highly passionate about football, you were born in a city known mostly for its love for basketball. Your father is the manager of one of the city’s historic clubs. Your two older brothers are notable professional players.
Basketball runs through your veins. It turns into an obsession. You stay up late, even on school nights, to catch the games of Jordan’s Bulls, you tag along with your brothers to every possible match.
Sleeping with your jersey on and the ball under your arm is natural.
You’re told you’re too small and weak throughout your childhood and even early teenage years. You see that some of your teammates are being selected to play on the national team. Even your mom wants you to focus on school and become an accountant.
But you keep on grinding. You know something that the rest don’t. There’s a fire inside, a belief that hard work will pay off. You pick your brother’s brains, watch every basketball video available, and keep shooting, dribbling, running, diving for loose balls. The moment will come, you swear to yourself.
You start growing, a lot actually, and at some point, people start paying attention to this lanky kid. Even so that at 18 years old, you make your pro debut, and your career takes off. You finally make National junior teams.
European scouts follow you and offer big contracts. You become the best player in the Old Continent and make history with the National senior team and get to the NBA. The rest is history.
This is the life of Emmanuel Ginobili, one of the greatest Argentinean Basketball players. He lived in a country with a predominant Football culture. Still, He created a small place in every Argentinian’s hearts, and of the people of San Antonio where he played throughout his career.
He’s an iconic character who followed his passion and excelled at it.
Following a passion, according to our Lead Designer, Julia Michlig, is: ‘destining your days and nights to what you love and makes you happy. It’s doing what gives meaning to your life’.
Our co-founders, Joe and Pablo, had lots of sleepless nights during the early days of Moka. They were doing what they love, hopeful with a plan in mind to build a long-lasting, sustainable agency.
During this journey, they found meaning and purpose in following their passion:
“I can’t say it’s been an easy ride, but we have always had a clear picture of what we wanted Moka to be, and that goal is what kept us going all along.”
– Joel Colombo, Creative director at Moka
If you’re in pursuit of your passion, this is what you might find along the way:
A road full of thorns
Most of the time, doing what you love is a tricky thing. Trying to succeed in something you identify as your passion or even the process of seeking what you like to do can be grueling.
This road can be lonely, and it will make you doubt the decisions you make when the bank account is tight, or failure is around the corner.
However, there’s always a spark, a hint of what has to be done to improve or start. Finding it may be difficult, but the outcome will always be worth the effort!
“A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain anything without sacrificing something else in return. Still, once you have overcome it and made it, your own… you will gain an irreplaceable Fullmetal heart.”
– Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese mangaka
Let’s look on the bright side
Following your passion (and being good at it) brings many upsides, some of them may be:
It brings pleasure
For some, knowing what you love and making a career out of it isn’t easy to accomplish. That’s why when you finally achieve what you wanted after many years of thinking and preparing for that moment, it becomes a blissful experience.
Have you ever felt in ‘the zone’? Being entirely focused on something is a state of mind that happens when you’re so involved in an activity that makes you lose a sense of self and time. It raises your awareness, and you become an instinct-experience hero that can tackle any problem.
Once you’re in the game, you forget about everything.
— Manu Ginóbili, former NBA player
The zone is a state of mind and body mostly coined for sports. Clutch players like Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, and yes, Manu Ginóbili can achieve it in tight situations. However, you don’t need to be a sports superstar to get there!
Doing what you love and being proficient at it increases the chance that you’ll hit it.
In today’s world, it’s simpler than ever to become whatever you want to be. The modern world has never offered us these many possibilities regarding what we want to do and become. Of course, this is a considerable challenge.
Finding the balance between what you excel at and what you love to do can be a difficult journey that gives you a lot of headaches, sleepless nights, and doubts. Still, it also makes you more resilient, which is the endurance to overcome tough situations and succeed to make you an invincible human being in your passion!
Following your passion is not easy. You may face many bumps along the road and feel like giving up, but quoting the movie A League of Their Own: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it”.
Remember the upsides: working better, building resilience, that good pleasure of achieving your goal, and meeting people with shared interests to create a network of resilient peers! Start your journey; we promise any outcome will be what you need.
This article was written by Flavio Ruiz, Content Manager at Moka, the coolest, remote-based digital agency. We help ambitious startups and companies exceed their business goals (while keeping it real)