✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 7: Synergies [part 2]

Note: This is the 22nd excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"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 - 22

Passion 7: Synergies [Part 2]

"Go ahead and be original, because it’s the people with passion, guts, and daring that will win. Not just because going through life with passion and guts beats the alternative (which it does), but also because it's the only way to be successful. Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable." - Seth Godin, author, blogger

Meet the crazy

I work from home. I love my work. I'm passionate about it and every now and then I need to share my passion and make sure I'm not the only weird and crazy out there. Everyone needs this kind of validation and a little bit of social support. And as mentioned earlier - if you're passionate about something, you want to share it.

That's why when I moved to a new city I started searching for meet-ups of people who are alike. Of people who'd share my passion and who'd understand me. I needed a reason to leave my home office and spend some time with folks as weird as me. I found and attended these kinds of meet-ups. And I had a blast each time.

Later when I moved again and couldn't find similar events, I went ahead and found conferences in my industry across Europe and started going there every now and then. Again, meeting the same passionate weirdos like myself helped and pumped me even more. And I learned a lot from other passionate guys and gals and these stories proved to be the much-needed fuel for me to get going even more.

"We all have amazing things we care about, are passionate about. The people that make a difference are the ones who put their hands up in weird situations" - Alexis Ohanian, author of "Without Their Permission"

Ask questions, discover passions and grow

Attending meet-ups or conferences required me to learn to listen. I'm a very talkative person and I often find myself talking about me way too much. It's understandable, I'm passionate about my stuff so I can talk about it for hours. That's why I needed to learn to actively ask questions like: and what about you? What do you do? What are you passionate about? What do you love about your work? Why are you pursuing this solution?

These questions proved invaluable as they triggered the other party to speak up and share their passion. It also triggered my interest and helped me receive the "passion virus" the other person was dying to spread.

When you dig deeper in such conversations you quickly realize the person in front of you, though may sometimes look uninteresting at first, is a fantastic, passionate, driven individual who's definitely worth getting to know a lot better.

Thanks to meeting them I learned new things, gained new perspectives and grew emotionally and intellectually. When you meet passionate people you grow.

"Starting a company is lonely, thankless and costly. It will test the deepest fibers of your being. The only thing that melts these obstacles away, leaves you raring for more, is passion. You can’t fake passion. It lights up your eyes and charges your voice when you talk about what you love. If you have a great idea, and you want to bring it to life, find someone who is passionate about your vision." - Mike McDerment, co-founder of FreshBooks

When sharing a passion, people will go extra mile

Sharing the same passion is even cooler. People will help you out, will want to work with you and support your passion. When I started the Productive! Magazine I asked my fellow productivity bloggers for help and they gladly submitted their articles to me. Even better, when I shipped the first issue of the magazine, many readers pointed out there were typos and mistakes in the magazine and offered their help. Two of them are now regular editors and proof-readers of the mag and they do it for free. When the magazine became popular, French- and Spanish- speaking readers wanted to get involved and help translate the magazine. The amount of support I got was amazing. It keeps on blowing my mind until this very day.

"Passion doesn’t just bring happiness to the person who enjoys that passion – it also brings a vicarious pleasure to onlookers." - Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”

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

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Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2015 (passionbook)

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