✔ It's all about passion! - Chapter 1 - 7 types of passion [Part 2]

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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, part 2

It's all about passion - chapter 1.2

There are several types of passion

Passion shows up in many shapes and forms and you just don't get to be passionate about one thing or one aspect of your company. There are many types of passion and over here I'd like to comment on the ones I have discovered and that have played the major role in my success.

Ready? Let's dive into this and hopefully inspire you to build your passionate startup.

1. Passion for the Money

I know. This sounds strange. You really shouldn’t be too passionate about money, or you’ll make all kinds of wrong decisions. It’s just so important to approach money from the right angle. When you're "doing it for fame and fortune" you're doing it wrong, you're just being greedy.

Money is crucial for running a healthy business and it should be viewed as a means to an end and not an end in itself. It's a benchmark and earning money is a tough skill to master. That’s why I’m starting with money in this book. First, to explain the right attitude towards money and second, to have it out of the way and to be able to focus on all the other passions.

2. Passion for the Solution

I say you should "scratch your own itch" and focus on solving a problem not only you have, but very often thousands upon thousands of people from all around the world suffer from.

Your solution should become your obsession. It starts with solving the problem in a small way and then iterating it all the way until you can solve it for hundreds, thousands or even millions of people from all over the world.

3. Passion for the Product

This helps you focus on delivering the best user experience for your customers and ultimately build a product everyone in your target audience wants to use. You need to use your product daily, tweak it, work on it, be crazy about each detail. Hate it. Love it. Hate it again...

You have to be the "product guy" and instead of looking at your competition, you must be focused on building the best product you can make that solves the problem you're trying to fix.

4. Passion for the Industry

Your industry is usually not the "startup industry" at all (this is the industry of Venture Capital companies). Your industry is where the problem you're solving is at. In the case of Nozbe I operate in the “productivity" industry. I know, I could have called it "domain" or "sector"... but I think the word "industry" makes the most sense here.

Understanding and being passionate for your industry helps you understand the problem better and gain more insight into your customers and their needs. Ultimately creating a better solution for them. Thanks to this passion you are constantly learning what is working, you have an opportunity to give back to the community and receive from them intangibles like trust, respect and most of all - great know-how. This is where you have a chance at over-sharing which can result in out-teaching your competition.

5. Passion for Growth

You live, you grow... so you need to be passionate about not standing still but constantly growing. You want to get better, you want your team, your customers and everyone involved to get better and grow.

You need mentors, people who you respect and admire to help you make your decisions. You need to take risks, fail and keep dusting it off and trying again. If you are not constantly moving forward, you're actually taking steps back.

6. Passion to Help

This is a big one. It proves you understand your expertise can help others and can make the world a better place. That you're in for the long haul for yourself and everyone around you. I repeat this to my team every day: "Just think about it, every day thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world are planning their day with our software. Nozbe is where they start. How cool is that, right?"

I've been having an amazing experience helping others succeed both in my "startup community" as well as my "productivity community"... as well as "the community" as a whole. You want to give back even more. There's nothing like it. It's the best drug ever.

7. Passion for Synergies

Speaking of drugs, when two drug-addicts meet, they're on an all-time high. This is exactly what happens when two (or more) passionate people get together. I was surprised who I was able to meet because of the sheer fact that we both shared passion for a common thing. And we wanted to talk about it, to learn from each other, to hear each other's stories... and in some cases even work together to join our passions and create synergies. Sweet.

All these types of passion are related

As you undoubtedly noticed, these types of passion are related to each other and actually grow from one to another... but they are all there. All of them are different and unique in their own way and make your life richer and more fulfilling. There are no shortcuts, it takes time to go through all of these phase and after you've uncovered them all, your journey gets even more interesting. And as they say, "the journey is the ultimate destination".

"How do you find your calling? People get confused on this point. They think they need to hear an audible voice from God or there is something mystical about it. I don’t think so. My premise is that you will find it at the intersection of three components: Passion, Proficiency and Profitability. All three of these components are important. Each of them is necessary, but none of them is sufficient in itself. If you have passion and competence without a market, you don’t have a calling. You have a hobby. If you have passion and a market without competence, you don’t have a calling. You have a failure. If you have competence and a market without passion, you don’t have a calling. You have boredom. It really does take all three of them."

Michael Hyatt, blogger, author of "Platform"

The element of surprise

If you keep on pursuing your dreams and following your passions, you're in for a treat. Life will surprise you in so many ways it’s beyond belief. After each type of passion I'll try to explain what kind of surprises you can expect from being a passionate person and following your heart.

And it's not just me, I'll be adding examples from people across industries have been surprised many times over by where their passion has taken them - and what they discovered, who they met, who discovered them and which doors opened for them.

In my journey I'm being constantly surprised by all this. I'm still blown away by how my passion attracts others and helps me achieve a lot more than I thought was ever possible. How opportunities present themselves that I've never thought were within my reach.

Thanks for letting me take you along on this passionate ride. Let's go!

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

Question: Do you experience any other types of passion in your life? What are they?

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 (passionbook,business)

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