PASSION – is a steady feeling of enthusiasm in doing something. It’s waking up thinking of questions you fell asleep thinking about. You stay pointed in the same direction, eager to move forward and devoting your limited time and efforts toward it. Passion comes from your heart.

How do we coach it? By challenging them to keep discovering and exploring different interests. As with all matters of the heart, they’ll know it when they find it.

Session #4 PASSION 5/6-5/29 Group Sessions of ~12 people CLICK HERE to Signup for Session

Pre-Session Preparation

  1. Watch this video:  Stop Trying to "Find Your Passion" - College Info Geek 1/15/16  6:41

  2. Be prepared to share a related personal story

  3. Read through the Quotes and other Perseverance resources below

  4. Print session materials and bring to session: Session #4 PASSION Session Materials

Other PASSION Resources


  1. Finding Your Meaning of Life – Inspirational Video 10/1/14  4:29

  2. Mike Rowe: Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Opportunity 5:18

  3. Steve Jobs Passion in Work 1:31 (Perseverance/Passion/People)

  4. The Pursuit of Happyness (5/8) Movie Clip – Basketball and Dreams 2:15

  5. Passion – Motivational Video (intelegend) 3:15

QUOTES - Choose one from below that resonates with you. Be prepared to share in the group and why you chose that quote.

  1. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.” – Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

  2. “Passion begins with enjoying what you do.  While every gritty person has some elements of work they don’t enjoy, they’re captivated by the endeavor as a whole” – Angela Duckworth, author of GRIT; The Power of Passion and Perseverance

  3. “Nothing great was ever created without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, America essayist

  4. “You have to like what you’re doing; your heart must be in it.  Without enthusiasm you can’t work up to your fullest ability” – John Wooden, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach

  5. Passion is energy.  Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you” – Oprah Winfrey, American Entertainer

  6. “Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong people weak, or make you give up” – Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Scientist

  7. “If you love your work, you’ll do the best you possibly can, and soon everybody around you will catch the passion from you – like a fever” – Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart

  8. “Work hard!  In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent” – Pete Doctor, Academy Award Film Director

  9. “There’s no such thing as a passionate activity that you will never get tired of, never stressed over, never complain about.  I’m living my dream job and I still hate 30% of it! – Mark Manson, Author

  10. “No one has reached the top of their profession who did not have and love and enthusiasm, and a self-constant urging them higher.” – Fielding Yost, Hall of Fame Football Coach


5/6-5/29 Group Sessions of ~12 people CLICK HERE to Signup for Session
Session #4 Printable PASSION Session Materials

Purpose of the Session: Understanding the meaning of PASSION and the impact it has on success.

AGENDA (~1-2 hours)

I. Welcome from the Host (include description of host company) (~5 minutes)

II. Check-in (each individual with the whole group) (~10 minutes)

  1. Introduce yourself: State your Name, School/Company, Sport.

  2. State your mindset coming into the meeting (share something about your day, or recent happenings in your life).

  3. Prepare to be in this moment, engaging and listening to others.

III. Quick Review of Handshake America’s Five Practices of Success (~5 minutes)

IV. Personal Story Teller (e.g. Coach, Host, or Guest Speaker) (~15 minutes)

  1. Share their background: Who are they, where are they from, what do they do, etc.

  2. Share a personal story or two of pivotal times in their life, personally or professionally.

  3. Share adversity faced on their pathway to success and how they overcame it. Share what kept them going.

V. Discussion Choose a few questions to discuss from the list below. (~20 minutes)

  1. What questions do you have for the speaker? Is there something in his/her story you could relate to? Which of the The Five Practices did you ‘hear’ in the the speaker’s story?

  2. How would you summarize the message from the assigned video: Stop Trying to "Find Your Passion" - College Info Geek 1/15/16  6:41?

  3. Share an experience (or story) that you have that illustrates PASSION?

  4. How do you describe PASSION in your own words? What is similar about the responses with your teammates?

  5. What have you been truly PASSIONATE about? A sport? A person? A hobby? A TV show? Did your PASSION build or decline?

  6. Why is PASSION important for success in sports, career, and in life?

  7. How do you know when you’re truly PASSIONATE about something?

  8. Has someone ever annoyed you with their PASSION? Why?

  9. The sub-title of a best-selling book about grit is: The Power of Passion & Perseverance. Why do you think those two words go together?

  10. If you reviewed any of the other videos or stories, what are your takeaways?

  11. How does being a student-athlete teach you PASSION?

  12. How can you develop and/or improve PASSION?

VI. Activity Truth or Lie Competition (~ 20 minutes)

VII. Quotes (~ 15 minutes)

  1. Take 5 minutes by yourself to review the Quotes from above in the Other PASSION Resources section.

  2. Privately write your favorite quote down on a piece of paper and give to the facilitator who will gather everyone’s favorite quote.

  3. Once all favorites are turned in, share the quote you chose with the team and why you chose it.

  4. Did everyone chose the same quote or different quotes?

VIII. Announcements (~5 minutes)

  1. Announce any key accomplishments that have recently occurred amongst anyone present.

  2. Remind students about Special Scholarship opportunities that may be available toward the end of the year. There may be one specifically for PASSION. Be thinking about your practice of PASSION and how it impacts success in you and others.

  3. Other Handshake America announcements (from President or Handshake America office). - HANDSHAKE AMERICA CELEBRATION for ALL on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:30pm at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH. Sign up now at Students are FREE!

IV. Check-out (either in pairs or with the whole group) (~10 minutes)

  1. What’s one thing you took away from this session?

  2. Do you have room to improve your PASSION?

  3. How could you apply what you’ve learned into your daily life in order to practice your PASSION?