✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 7: Synergies [part 3]

Note: This is the 23rd 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

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Passion 7: Synergies [Part 3]

"Creating and conveying a vision relies on passion. If a vision doesn’t engage people emotionally, it won’t be a powerful motivator…" - Stever Robbins, podcaster as “The Get-It-Done Guy”

Even the "big fish" will talk to you

This struck me on one of my trips to Japan. My application was gaining traction there and I wanted to visit this country to get to know the people, meet my customers and make new friends. I didn't realize as much that these fantastic Japanese folks wanted to meet me as badly.

Having so many users of my app I can't possibly know them all personally. The day has this limit of 24 hours and even a zen-shao-lin monk can't bend it. That's why very often I just don't realize who is using my tool. And these are also executives from really big companies. They are passionate about productivity, "Getting Things Done" and my tool fits their bill.

When these people are passionate about the company they are building or managing, they also can see from the blog I'm writing and the magazine I'm editing, that I'm truly passionate about productivity. Much to my surprise they wanted to meet me in person. Seriously. Guys managing gigantic multi-national companies wanted to meet me, a bloke running a productivity tool with a small team of ~10 passionate folks and no real physical office.

I was amazed, surprised and very humbled. And I wanted to meet them too. These meetings were truly amazing and opened my mind even more. Until then I thought the "big fish" hang out with other "big fish" and that's it. Until you're big, too, you don't belong to the club. That's not true. It's the "passionate fish" who hang out with other "passionate fish" and the size and shape of the fish doesn't really matter.

Nobody told me this before and that's why I'm sharing this with you. I assumed that until I was big I wouldn't have a change to talk to big guys. Now I know I can talk to anyone and what's even better - they want to talk to me, too.

For this reason I stopped being so judgmental about myself and never again hesitated to reach out to big fish to exchange ideas, have a conversation or just connect to share our passions. Sometimes it's still hard to really get to know some of these folks but many times they want to talk to you as much as they need to share their passion with someone passionate. They need it as much as you do. Go, get to know them and spread the virus.

Passion attraction can get really surprising

The law of attraction is even stronger with passion. There are a few things that totally surprised me here. And these were really nice surprises.

  1. Surprised what kind of passionate people you'll get to meet

    When you're passionate about your stuff, share the passion - don't be shy - and you'll be surprised how other passionate people will seek you out to get to know you.

  2. Surprised that passionate people are everywhere

    Whenever I'm attending a meet up or conference I make sure I'm asking lots of questions when talking to people. Sometimes a bloke down the bar happened to be a shy guy running a great company and doing amazing stuff… and thanks to asking him questions, I learned a lot from him as he was sharing his passion with me.

  3. Surprised at how passion connects people from different environments

    Passionate people attract other passionate people and the status, boundaries, cultures won't stand in a way between them. The so-called "big fish" will talk to you because they are passionate about their stuff and they want to share their passion to funnel their energy into you and to get some energy from you.

    I found that when passion is shared, new ideas come and people are driven even more to do great things. That's why it's so crucial to meet passionate folks and inspire one another. And when you do, you'll be surprised how this works out for you.

Now that we've got all 7 types of passion...

... it's time to wrap it up. Let me inspire you to live and work with more passion in the last chapter of this book.

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

Question: Do you like to listen to people's stories; learn about their passion?

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 (passionbook)

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