✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 6: Help [part 3]

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

It's all about passion - 20

Passion to Help, part 3

Passion to help is even more surprising

When you solve your own problem by building a startup you never know if you're this weird person who just happens to have this stupid issue with something or are there more people struggling with the same thing and can be helped. When you realize there are thousands (if not millions) of people who also need help through your solution, it's a surprise that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel great every morning waking up.

  1. Surprised by impact and reciprocity

When you help, you have an impact on others. And as they say: "what goes around comes around". You'll be surprised by the impact your help evokes and by the number of beautiful emails you'll receive from people all around the world.

You know, I'm just this guy from Poland, a country in the Central-Eastern Europe and have this small company that has impact on hundreds of thousands of professionals from all over the world with my software product. Anyone can do it and anyone can have this kind of impact. And it's totally amazing.

What's even more surprising is the reciprocity that I experience every single day. People give back when you help. They want to help you, too. Thanks to my passion to help I connected with people from all over the world I'd never think I'd be able to connect to.

  1. Surprised how you get better at helping

When you're passionate about helping, you get new ideas. Just like my sudden idea of a public project feature in the moment of experiencing the biggest earthquake in Japan. The passion to help works subconsciously inside of you and your organization and you get great ideas just because you care. And because those around care as much as you.

Just like with everything - you get better at doing something when you do it. When you help, you get better at helping and it shows in everything that you do. And it relates to people and inspires them. Thus you build a startup that is different from all these me-too products. You help, you care, it shows.

“What you do for yourself dies with you when you leave this world, what you do for others lives on forever.” - Ken Robinson, author of “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”

Yes, let me repeat again, you're here to help

That's why out of all the passions in this book, I'd say the passion to help is the one that really should form the basis of your mission and of your being. You build a great startup to help others. That's all that you do. That's all you should be doing.

And this passion helps you connect with other passionate people. That's what the next chapter is all about.

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

Question: Can you recall a situation when "the good helping karma" got back to you?

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 (passionbook)

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