✔ It's all about passion! - Logout [part 1]

Note: This is the 24th 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 - 24

Find your passions

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs

What are you passionate about?

Money, status, cars, luxury items... are cool to have, but they don't inspire people. Passion inspires people. Passion attracts people. In this materialistic world we're living in, passion is what sets us apart and it's what we all need. That's why it's so important to be passionate about something. It's so crucial to really find your passion and now it's your turn to discover your 7 (or more) types of passion.

It's all about passion!

I've been running my own company for more than 10 years now. I've failed several times at first to finally succeed with my productivity application because I followed my passion. I first discovered it and later followed it all the way.

Over 7+ years of running Nozbe, I discovered all these types of passion that drive me today. Hopefully this book will inspire you to find your calling, your passions and your drive... and I assure you, you'll live a fantastic life, just like the one mentioned in this quote:

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well." Quote from the 1932 book “Education through Recreation” by Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Passion through the eyes of others

Before publishing this book, I asked some of my closest online friends if they also wanted to contribute. Some sent me short quotes which I included throughout this book. Others shared their own “passionate stories”. Let me finish this book with a few of these.

The power of "side effects"

After each type of passion I mentioned a few surprises that show up in your life when you become a passionate person. My friend, Michal, calls them “side effects” and explains this concept beautifully:

"Typically we plan for something. We think that we are in control and we can predict the results.

Typically it’s true, but we also have to be open for unplanned side effects. We shall have the passion for the unknown…

Imagine you are a blogger. You have the message but, as a human, you don’t know whether it’s "good enough". Sometimes its value is invisible for you although your audience can see it. Sometimes perfectionism kills the courage of sharing your "work in progress" with the world. My advice? Don't try to make it perfect. It will never be! It is a process. Embrace it. Enjoy the journey with those who are following you and are willing to hear your message. Don't let yourself be alone with your thoughts.

Others will support you, motivate you and eventually help you shape your message or product.

As soon as you release your message and your story to the world, it starts to live its own life. And then the magic of side effects happens. You are able to help others without even knowing about it. There might be someone out there desperately waiting for your words. One day you can meet someone who will thank you for saving his or her life - perfect ROI of "stupid 1000 words" you might have shaped several months ago. It happened to me. It might happen to you. That's the essence of blogging, podcasting and releasing any form of valuable content to the world.

Don’t keep it for yourself. Don’t be so selfish. Open up for the unknown and the power of side effects."

- Michal Szafranski, blogger at JakOszczedzacPieniadze.pl

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

Question: Have you had a chance to experience the power of side effects? Tell me about it :)

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (passionbook)

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