Eugene: Do you think there’s an issue going on now where people have been confused about what is passion? Meaning we sometimes get confused between our own passion versus what we validate on social media?
Jason: People have confused passion with acceptance. People look to what’s acceptable, and then they bias in that direction. The thing about passion is that it’s important to you, it’s not a version of somebody else’s truth. Social media has created a very narrow range of archetypal outcomes for people from inner cities or people who like music. So, if you don’t subscribe or fit within this neatly packaged box that you see on your phone, you don’t really have the opportunity to stand out. You feel like if I don’t join into the conversation, then no one’s going to listen to me. I believe we’re in this weird age of passion being replaced for acceptability and acceptability being a version of someone else’s passion and it’s derivative. When you get to the source of a lot of movements, these people don’t care what people think about it. So I think to your question about identifying passion, you have to first accept who you are, in any capacity. Because if you don’t love you, then don’t go to the world for that love, it’s never going to come because the world is fickle and it moves on, and it changes its mind, but you should never change your mind about who you are. You should love yourself unapologetically and do what makes you feel like you’re presenting something that’s truthful, honest, and valuable to the world through your lane.
Eugene: So it really comes down to how we view ourselves.
Jason: That to me is how you identify your passion because when you do love something you’ve got to be willing to accept all the hate and keep doing it even when it’s not working because it fills your soul. I’m living proof of that, I’m doing something right now that is exceptionally hard. Even in my darkest and hardest days I keep going because I refuse to quit because I care so deeply, it’s ingrained in my DNA. This is my purpose. This is exactly why I get up in the morning, so I’m passionate because I know I’m working within the purpose and my spiritual gift. I could care less if I get a ‘like’ on Instagram.
Eugene: You’re among a special breed that has found an inherent passion that has translated into your professional life. What are things outside of that, that you pursue but don’t necessarily result in a paycheck? How does that factor into the bigger picture?
Jason: Servitude. I don’t get paid to go out and serve in a community. I don’t get paid to spend time mentoring people, I don’t get paid to spend time praying for people. Ninety-nine percent of my job at Super Heroic is an unpaid role. I only get paid based on the fact that we sell products, but 99% of what is evangelizing the mission of the brand. There’s no compensation that comes from that. The times that I’m not on Instagram and I’m in the inner city speaking with children who’ve suffered severe trauma or who’ve experienced tremendous loss, that to me is not about a paycheck. It’s about receiving a spiritual lift as the gift of service. So the thing that invigorates me, Eugene, it has nothing to do with business. I’m in the business of blessing people through service and if that shows up in my company, great. If that shows up in my attitude, great. If it shows up in my willingness to listen, great. The monetary stuff, if it comes, wonderful. If it doesn’t, wonderful.