No, Passion is not enough

2015-12-23 by Thomas | Filed under Everyday Life, Project Management.

Achieving high goals requires passion, I often hear.

Eg. “Dig a big well in africa”, if you are fond of building wells.
Eg. “Develop a precise, highly robust digital sensor”, if you are a sensor expert.

Yes, passion is important. But it is by far not sufficient.

Go try “meaning“.

The goal you achieve must have a higher meaning for others: For mankind, for your customers, for your company – naming just a few.

Do something for other people. Make other people happy.

“Digging a well in Africa” will provide vital, clean water for dozens of people.

“Developing a precise and highly robust sensor” could

  • Allow companies constructing plants to require less cabeling, invest less effort in housing and cooling, as well as predict technical failures time ahead
  • Enable your company to make more profit because the sensor is easier (=cheaper) to produce and has more value to costomers (=can be sold for a higher price).

Other examples:

  • Provide martial arts lessons because you love doing martial art youself ? -> Safety, fitness and streangth for your students
  • Sell books because you yourself love reading books ? -> Give childrean and adults a senseful alternative to watching TV and playing online games
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