Too many people tell me they’re unsure what their passion or purpose is. This isn’t because they don’t have one. They just haven’t found it. Or, more to the point, they haven’t been trained to see it.
This usually means they pursue business ideas purely for monetary gain or for the freedom of being their own boss. They’ll stay the course begrudgingly, without truly believing in their work, because of the sunk cost investment they’ve already made, and come Friday morning it’s ‘TGIF’ while Sunday nights are spent dreading the following morning. That’s no way to live. Yet for so many it’s become an accepted and unchallenged norm. These days I say TGIM and still enjoy my weekends.
How do you train yourself to and your purpose and passion? You collect and connect dots.
Most successful entrepreneurs solve problems they connect with personally because they’ve observed them (collected the dots) and shortlisted potential solutions based on their research and understanding of business model and technology innovations (connected the dots).
• Uber. On a snowy Paris evening in 2008, Uber co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp couldn’t and a cab, so they came up with the concept for Uber: push a button, get a ride.
• Airbnb. Co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia decided
to rent out air mattresses in their apartment to attendees of a Silicon Valley conference because all the hotels were booked out.
• Dropbox. Drew Houston, Dropbox’s founder, established the cloud storage company ‘out of personal frustration’. He recalls ‘carrying a thumb drive around and emailing myself files and all the things that we used to have to do’.
Often entrepreneurs connect the dots between seemingly disparate areas.
Today there is no excuse for not learning something new every day. Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE and serial entrepreneur behind companies such as Singularity University and Human Longevity Inc., points out that a child with an internet connection today has access to more information than the President of the United States had 25 years ago. With the click of a button, you can learn almost anything you want to. Recently I downloaded the introductory lessons I needed to finally start my motorcycle build project.
Whether that be podcasts, books, blogs, webinars and online courses, news sites or conferences and meetups.
I’ve published a list of my favourite and most influential sources of learning and inspiration on the Employee to Entrepreneur website, sources of knowledge that were fundamental in my successful transition out of the corporate world.
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