Tiny Wisdom: On Enthusiasm


“Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power, and influence.” ~Henry Chester

Money can leave you feeling emptier than you were before you had it; it can buy you everything yet give you none of the feelings you hoped it would provide.

Power gives the illusion of control, when in all reality, everyone must come to terms with our universal vulnerability. And influence—well, it might make people follow you, but it doesn’t guarantee you have something worth following.

Enthusiasm, when directed toward something healthy, gives you the power to imagine, create, and enjoy, all rooted deep within your own sense of self, possibility, and passion. It’s an infectious feeling based on the beauty you see and nurture in the world.

It’s not about getting somewhere else, bringing other people with you, or convincing them you’re a worthwhile leader. And yet enthusiasm has the power to do those things without ever requiring that intention.

Enthusiasm is simultaneously a gift to yourself and a gift to the world. It’s immersing yourself in the flow of your enjoyment. It’s gratitude in action. Whether it’s a blog, art, music, or even family, our greatest asset in life is enthusiasm for something that feels both bigger than and part of ourselves.

What are you enthusiastic about? What time have you set aside to nurture it today?

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal, and Tiny Buddha's Inner Strength Journal and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. For daily wisdom, join the Tiny Buddha list here. You can also follow Tiny Buddha on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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