There’s something very special about enthusiasm.

It’s remarkably contagious.

You feel better about life when you have it.

You feel better about life when you share it.

It’s like a virus that flows through your veins and when you’re infected, you don’t want to be cured, you just want to infect everyone around you with it.

The symptoms of enthusiasm are easy to diagnose:

  • You smile more
  • You have a spring in your step
  • You embrace challenges
  • Everyone wants what you have

Unfortunately, there is a cure for the enthusiasm virus:

  • Hang around negative people
  • Don’t take action towards your goals or learn anything new
  • Think like a victim
  • Be cynical about life

American Businessman Edward B. Butler once said, “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”

Sustaining your enthusiasm for life, work, your marriage and kids, your faith and every other important aspect of your life is a crucial component of a person who makes a positive difference in the world.

Being able to support others in maintaining their enthusiasm increases your influence and impact.

The enthusiasm virus.

If you’ve got it, make sure that you spread it around and stay away from the cure.

If you haven’t got it, stand next to someone who has.  It is contagious.

Do you have the enthusiasm virus?

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