✔ It's all about passion! - Chapter 1 - 7 types of passion [Part 1]

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"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

Chapter 1 - 7 types of passion

"Passion is not something you go after as an end in itself. It's rather a symptom of your engagement with anything into which you are fully immersed. It's also not something you usually know you have. Others notice your full involvement with something and they call it ‘passion’. I just call it doing what I feel like doing."

David Allen, the originator of Getting Things Done

It's all about passion - chapter 1.1

How my dreams came true

I discovered the Internet in 1996 (half-way through high school). Wow. Being able to connect from the comfort of my home to a person on the other side of the globe was magical. With this, I thought, anything was possible.

I started college in 1998 and began to understand how business could be done over the Internet. Going through the "Internet bubble of 2000" I discovered the concept of a "startup" and of course, a few months later a concept of a "bubble" and "a failed startup". Somewhere in between there was another concept of "new economy" which I never understood so let's just leave it at that.

Even though most of the Internet startups failed at that time, I was lured into a dream of running a company that could exist only on the Internet and offer products or services to people all over the world digitally. I thought it wasn't a "new economy" but it most definitely was a new "paradigm shift".

I graduated in 2003 and even though I was advised to apply for one of these hot-shot top jobs in my country, I decided not work for a big corporation. I had a great resume, spoke several languages and had a chance at a great career in a multi-national company, but I just wasn't interested. Still remembering that fall of 2000 in Germany and my failed .COM project, I had a dream and I was desperate to make it a reality.

I started small and opened up my web consultancy (focused on e-commerce and Internet marketing) and apart from working for many clients and helping them sell their merchandise over the Internet I kept on building my own "startup projects" on the side.

I failed several times (which I'll explain later in more detail) until I finally succeeded by launching Nozbe in 2007. It was the moment of the Web2.0 "wave" and the idea of having, running or working for an Internet Startup became popular again. I'm running Nozbe to this day and I'm loving it.

Everyone wants to build a startup

What I found out soon after launching my startup was that in countless cities and campuses in almost every corner of the world young entrepreneurs meet to talk about projects they are building. These were very informal meetings aimed at exchanging ideas and connecting to build fantastic companies of the future... together.

I launched my startup completely alone (I was a one-man-shop) and in a city I didn't know well (back then, my wife and I had just moved to Warsaw, the capital of Poland). That's why talking to like-minded folks felt like fun and I began participating in many of these "startup meetings" and had a great time learning from my peers and sharing my experiences.

What I quickly discovered was that I wasn't so special. My "startup friends" were making the same mistakes I was, and repeating them at a rate similar to mine - all while trying to build something great. Or so they thought. Or so we all thought.

However, as common knowledge has it: "most startups fail" and I witnessed many failures over the past few years and I discovered that most of the time it all came down to one major reason:

Passion... or the lack of it

Passion is what inspires you and what gives you the drive to move forward. It gives you a reason to live. Working on a startup takes a huge amount of time and requires sacrifices in your private life with your family and friends. You have to work on a project without knowing if it will ever succeed. You have no clue if your effort will ever pay off.

That's why it is so important to be passionate about what you're doing. Without this, you are ten times more likely to fail.

"I think as long as you’re passionate about something, a similar audience will find you."

— MG Siegler, venture capitalist

To be continued... or get the book free and continue reading :-)

Question: Have you ever launched or thought of launching a startup? What was the most scary thing about it and what helped you overcome that fear?

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (passionbook,business)

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