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Tobore

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During break, a while ago, I decided it was time to freshen an old skill.

I made this for those who are still considering about "Doing what they love" rather than "Doing what the market wants."

It doesn't contain any new information. It's just a nice reminder.
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I hope it helps you gain some clarity.

*UPDATED: Former display was as fast as a G6.
 

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Meh.. follow your passion, don't follow your passion. Build an app, dont build an app. Learn to code, don't learn to code. Go to college, don't go to college. Brick and mortar or online? It doesn't matter. Do what provides value and makes money, simple as that. If my one of my passions is going to allow me to exit for $20 million, then lets do it. If simply hiring a developer to do it for me, even if i love doing it myself, makes me money, then lets do it. Guess my team and I are lucky to have companies breaking our door down to get a piece of what I love and have a passion for. I literally had a guy punch me in the face with money through my screen the other day. If following my passion allows me to lead a team to triumph against xxx million dollar companies and create a superior product or service, then I'll take it.

You live and you learn.

Bottom line: If it's making money, and providing something to the market, passion or not. Keep doing it. If you can't capitalize on your passions, build something that provides value and make your millions if that's your goal. After you make all of those millions, what are you going to go do then? Hopefully you'll go off and do what you want to do with your time, which might just happen to be following your passions now that you have the money to do so. Still can't follow your passions? Sounds like a pretty shit life to me.


As for the gif, and how it applies to me, lets break it down:

#1 Its selfish: You won't create value in the market, you'll only make yourself feel good.
False.
Depends on the person and their passion. In my case my current competitors see me as a very very serious threat.

#2 It'll keep you in your comfort zone!: "You'll never get to know your true potential!".
False.
Because of the area that we work in, technology is rapidly advancing every single day. To stay on top of this stuff makes me have to go completely above and beyond all things I ever thought i'd have to do. Managing an entire team is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I've got a team of warriors behind me with X companies blood on their swords.

#3 It Limits You! You'll be stuck in this business all your life! It'll become boring!
False.
Does it matter? Sounds like this is something for fear mongering. If I built X company that i'm not passionate about, and sold it for a huge lump sum, you know what i'd do next? The company i'm working on now. If it doesn't work out? So be it, I've got a thousand other ideas to pursue, and another life experience under my belt. I can still be on the beach sipping on a coconut at the end of the day.

#4 YOU WILL HATE IT! YOUR LOVE FOR IT WILL WEAR OFF!
Plausible.
Doesn't sound like it was much of a passion then does it? Hate to break it to you, but passionate business or not, you're gonna end up getting pretty f*cking pissed on some days. Some days you'll absolutely despise it, and some days you just love the hell out of it.

You are you,
and I am me,
and we are not the same,
and that's okay.

Want to know how I feel when I wake up every single day?
 
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Tobore

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Meh.. follow your passion, don't follow your passion. Build an app, dont build an app. Learn to code, don't learn to code. Go to college, don't go to college. Brick and mortar or online? It doesn't matter. Do what provides value and makes money, simple as that. If my one of my passions is going to allow me to exit for $20 million, then lets do it. If simply hiring a developer to do it for me, even if i love doing it myself, makes me money, then lets do it. Guess my team and I are lucky to have companies breaking our door down to get a piece of what I love and have a passion for. I literally had a guy punch me in the face with money through my screen the other day. If following my passion allows me to lead a team to triumph against xxx million dollar companies and create a superior product or service, then I'll take it.

You live and you learn.

Bottom line: If it's making money, and providing something to the market, passion or not. Keep doing it. If you can't capitalize on your passions, build something that provides value and make your millions if that's your goal. After you make all of those millions, what are you going to go do then? Hopefully you'll go off and do what you want to do with your time, which might just happen to be following your passions now that you have the money to do so. Still can't follow your passions? Sounds like a pretty shit life to me.


As for the gif, and how it applies to me, lets break it down:

#1 Its selfish: You won't create value in the market, you'll only make yourself feel good.
False.
Depends on the person and their passion. In my case my current competitors see me as a very very serious threat.

#2 It'll keep you in your comfort zone!: "You'll never get to know your true potential!".
False.
Because of the area that we work in, technology is rapidly advancing every single day. To stay on top of this stuff makes me have to go completely above and beyond all things I ever thought i'd have to do. Managing an entire team is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I've got a team of warriors behind me with X companies blood on their swords.

#3 It Limits You! You'll be stuck in this business all your life! It'll become boring!
False.
Does it matter? Sounds like this is something for fear mongering. If I built X company that i'm not passionate about, and sold it for a huge lump sum, you know what i'd do next? The company i'm working on now. If it doesn't work out? So be it, I've got a thousand other ideas to pursue, and another life experience under my belt. I can still be on the beach sipping on a coconut at the end of the day.

#4 YOU WILL HATE IT! YOUR LOVE FOR IT WILL WEAR OFF!
Plausible.
Doesn't sound like it was much of a passion then does it? Hate to break it to you, but passionate business or not, you're gonna end up getting pretty f*cking pissed on some days. Some days you'll absolutely despise it, and some days you just love the hell out of it.

You are you,
and I am me,
and we are not the same,
and that's okay.

Want to know how I feel when I wake up every single day?

Now, I think you get the point wrong!

If your passion is to solve problems then none of these applies to you.

I believe this "passion topic" is relative.

If I, for example, focused on doing graphics for the love of it

1. I would have been done it because I loved it - not because it helped anyone.
2. I wouldn't have done anything else because I would have thought graphics was my only thing
3. That would have kept me in a tight spot and made my life linear
4. And because of 3, I would have grown a large hate for it.

That's my point.

If I was doing graphic because it solved a problem in my community and I loved it, none of that would have applied.


Like I said, the passion gist is relative.

If entrepreneurship is your passion - go all in.

If you love cooking enough to start a restaurant - your decision.

All road leads home, you get to choose your path.
 

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The other thing I done last year is turn my passion outwards, but I'll save that story for another thread in order to go into more detail.

The only problem I have with people following their passions is when it isn't going to get them very far, or, if it's for selfish reasons.

Nobody gives a shit about your personal passions, people care about their own and that is where the money is. If they happen to align? Bingo! You could be onto turning your passion into a fastlane success.
 

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I don't think it's as binary as doing what you're passionate about, or avoiding passion like the plague.

If you can channel what you're passionate about into something that a market wants and needs, where's the foul in that? A totally self-serving passion won't earn you money, but if what you care about intersects with a demand...

I know I'm a lot happier and healthier doing something that I ENJOY that benefits other people as well.
 

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During break, a while ago, I decided it was time to freshen an old skill.

I made this for those who are still considering about "Doing what they love" rather than "Doing what the market wants."

It doesn't contain any new information. It's just a nice reminder.
View attachment 13933

I hope it helps you gain some clarity.

*UPDATED: Former display was as fast as a G6.
The two don't have to be mutually exclusive, follow your passion doesn't mean ignoring what the market wants but passion will give you the drive to go the extra mile to bring your gifts to the market and when you succeed, the reward is multiplied.

I understand "doing what you love" is usually saturated and passion shouldn't hold you back from doing what needs to be done, but if you think you can succeed in it, you should go for it. There will be competition regardless of what you do.
 

Tobore

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The two don't have to be mutually exclusive, follow your passion doesn't mean ignoring what the market wants but passion will give you the drive to go the extra mile to bring your gifts to the market and when you succeed, the reward is multiplied.

I understand "doing what you love" is usually saturated and passion shouldn't hold you back from doing what needs to be done, but if you think you can succeed in it, you should go for it. There will be competition regardless of what you do.

Spot on!

Only when you know how to bring both together does it become liberating.

I know of someone who is passionate (obsessed) about what he does and has a handful of customers he doesn't care about. He always complains about how he isn't getting much customers. That's the selfishness i'm talking about.

When passion isn't geared towards others, it's a problem. That's the point here.
 

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