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What is Enthusiasm?

Enthusiasm can be defined as “a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it” (Cambridge English Dictionary).

The word enthusiasm originates from the Greek ἐνθουσιασμός from ἐν (en, “in”) and θεός (theós, “god”) and οὐσία (ousía, “essence”), meaning “inspired by god’s essence” (Wikipedia). Socrates taught that the inspiration of poets is a form of enthusiasm.

Can enthusiasm be referred to as a skill? Yes! It can be created from the inside. It can be a conscious choice to be excited, positive, enthusiastic. It’s an ability that can be cultivated.


Why is Enthusiasm important?

Being enthusiastic can have a positive effect on our health, relationships, work and general wellbeing. When we are enthusiastic, we are more confident, more focused, it’s easier to cope with obstacles and challenges, we enjoy the things we do more, we are more likable and appreciated by our friends, colleagues and superiors.

Whatever goals or dreams we have in life, enthusiasm increases the odds of achieving them.

“Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand. Enthusiasm bears the same relationship to a human being that steam does to the locomotive – it is the vital moving force that impels action” – Napoleon Hill.

The MILC project and Enthusiasm

The main objective of the MILC project is to create a learning approach that will equip the Millennials with 21st Century skills in order to practice leadership based on their way of thinking and behavior. The MILC project will facilitate innovation support activities to ensure Millennials understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new innovative concepts, methodologies and approaches.

Enthusiasm is one of the 21st Century skills. Developing it can help progress your career and also make life and work more fun!

Would you like to learn how to “engineer” enthusiasm? Have a look at this video: