Saturday, November 12, 2005

Passion is the Killer App

According to the wildly successful Bill Joy, co-creator of Sun Microsystems in 1982, if you want to start a company, "You should do it because it's an idea that you're very passionate about, without any financial expectations. You're not anticipating failure, but you have to accept that if it's worth doing, and it's hard, you can't be guaranteed of success. You have to be doing it for the right reason." 60 Seconds with Bill Joy, Fast Company, 11/05

If you don't love your product or the idea of your business madly to begin with, how will you keep the attitude you will need during the hard times?

Check your love it madly quotient for your product and business.

Although Ms Klaver's words are directed to commercial entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs would do well to heed her advice. A love and passion for 'the mission' is a prerequisite to our success as social entrepreneurs.

Kim Klaver is a Harvard educated network marketing consultant. Her 'tell it like it is' approach provides a refreshing contrast to the hype spun by many, if not most, 'so called' networking experts.

As social entrepreneurs we need to learn all we can (as per Podolny ) about building supportive, value centered, mission based networks, and those who have successfully developed commercial networks (e.g. Ms Klaver) have much to teach us. I encourage you to make an open minded visit to Klaver's Blog. Give serious consideration to how we as social entrepreneurs might adapt some of her ideas to our use - especially how her methods might be used to resolve Podolny's Dilemma .

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Anonymous SansFaim said...

Success has no secrets. When questioned, those who have been successful are quick to tell their story of complete devotion to the attainment of their goals and dreams. They speak of the commitment to developing their craft with a passion and zest for complete fulfilment of their dreams. The theme is always the same: "They paid the price for their success."
Success is attainable to all who desire it, believe they deserve to have it and for those who are willing to turn those desires into action.
Great fortune, or at least some level of financial stability, is often a part of the dream, but the wealth is a by-product of following their passion.

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