✔ It's all about passion! - The End

Note: This is the 26th and the last 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 have been publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the last weeks here every Friday, so that you could read it bit by bit (I knew you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I've been 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 - 26

Passion in Education

While the focus of this book has been passion in business, we can’t forget that in order to succeed in life we need good education. Nicholas Moon, my daughter’s teacher, after reading the first draft of this book, wrote to me about his passion for education. In the chapter about passion for the product I write about “seeing it through the eyes of the customers” and he said this reminded him of the main theme in a book on education called: “Visible Learning”, where a model of “visible teaching – visible learning” is when teachers see learning through the eyes of the student and when students see themselves as their own teachers.

“We rarely talk about passion in education, as if doing so makes the work of teachers seem less serious, more emotional than cognitive, somewhat biased or of lesser import. When we do consider passion, we typically constrain such expressions of joy and involvement to matters unrelated to our teaching.

The key components of passion for the teacher and for the learner appear to be the sheer thrill of being a learner or teacher, the absorption that accompanies the process of teaching and learning, the sensations in being involved in the activity of teaching and learning, and the willingness to be involved in deliberate practice to attain understanding. Passion reflects the thrills as well as the frustrations of learning- it can be infectious, it can be taught, it can be modeled, and it can be learnt.

It is among the most prized outcomes of schooling and… it infuses many of the influences that make the difference to the outcomes. It requires more than content knowledge, acts of skilled teaching, or engaged students to make the difference (although these help). It requires a love of the content, an ethical caring stance to wish to imbue others with a liking or even love of the discipline being taught, and a demonstration that the teacher is not only teaching but also learning…”

- John Hattie, author of “Visible Learning”

This is my second book, the first was #iPadOnly

I co-wrote my first book: “#iPadOnly - the First Real Post-PC Book. How to use only your iPad to work, play and everything in between” with my friend, Augusto Pinaud. If you own an iPad or any other kind of tablet, or are thinking of getting one, make sure to check this book out. It will change the way you think about your tablet.

Anyway, thanks for reading my second book (and my first as sole-author). Thanks for sharing it with others, for sharing your passion and for being a part of my journey. And thanks for celebrating my 35th birthday by reading this book! You’ve literally made my day. Thank you!

"I still remember the day I got an email from Michael, asking me to write a book together. A book about the passion we shared as the two guys working mostly on their iPads.

Both Michael and I had written several posts about our #iPadOnly ways on our personal blogs so the 57 idea to write a book together was really cool. I don’t think I was ready for the roller coaster of emotions that came from that experience but I learned much thanks to it. We spent hours testing software, writing, recording, correcting, exchanging ideas, learning and more importantly, sharing a passion that we still share to this day in a movement that we still believe in.

We didn’t only share the passion for iPads and productivity but also the passion for working from anywhere. After all, we wrote the #iPadOnly book together without ever seeing each other face to face.

Thanks to Michael, I have learned that it doesn't matter what your passion is, it matters how far you are willing to go with it, how much you are going to learn from it, and most importantly who you are going to share it with. With this book you got to experience Michael’s passion the same way I did.

Happy Birthday my friend, it has been an honor witnessing your passion with you as my friend, co-writer, and one of my productivity superheroes. I toast from the other side of the world. Here’s to many more years of you sharing your passion, your knowledge, your experience and of course, your Nozbe!"

- Augusto Pinaud, co-author of “#iPadOnly - the first post-PC book”

I'm thankful for so many passionate people in my life

Over the years of running my business, I met lots of passionate people who inspired me to do what I do. Who helped me shape my personality with their passion. Some I know personally, others I simply follow online. Yet they all shape me as a human being and their passion influences me.

In the book I included quotes by David Allen, Guy Kawasaki, MG Siegler, Fred Wilson, David Sparks, Michael Bungay Stanier, Ryan Carson, David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried, Al Pittampali, Alexis Ohanian, Tim Ferriss, Steve Pavlina, Neil Patel, Leo Babauta, Stever Robbins, Michael Hyatt, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Graham Allcott, Brian Tracy, Scott Belsky, Chris Brogan, Mike McDerment, Matt Mullenweg, Jason Womack, Michal Szafranski, Grzegorz Marczak, Maciek Budzich, Augusto Pinaud, Victor Mazur, Simon Grabowski and others.

Special thanks to all these guys who sent me their quotes and stories right away despite of a very short notice. Thanks everyone for all that you do.

Special thanks go out to Lori Anderson, Nicholas Moon and Krzysztof Wysocki for your thorough review and great corrections. Thank you so much!

I’d like to also thank my family to whom I dedicated this book. Especially my wife for constant support, my daughters for giving me a reason to be a proud dad every single day. My brother, for being my best friend ever. My parents, who shaped me as a passionate entrepreneur.

Finally I’d like to thank my “work” family to whom I also dedicated this book. Especially to Tomasz and Delfina for being with me from the early days of my Nozbe journey, sticking with me for all this time and supporting me with their passion. To Magda, for helping me put this book together, to Radek, for an amazing book cover, and to Rafał, Krzysiek, Staszek, Radziu, Bartek, Piotr, Iwona, Zofia, Marta and Waldemar - you really are the most passionate group of people I know. Thank you for the privilege of working with you every single day.

The End

If this book impacted you in any way, don’t stop here - share it with others. You’ll find tweets and many other resources on the book’s official web site. Dare to share your passion. Thank you!

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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (passionbook)

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