Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of Singularity University, recently addressed the founders in our accelerator program. In his remarks he stressed the point of finding a problem which you are truly passionate about solving. The reasons for this are manifold — least the sheer fact that it takes time and energy (lots of it) to build a company.
The photographer Ernst Haas once summed this up in a simple question:
“Ask yourself if you would do it if nobody would ever see it,
you would never be compensated for it and nobody wanted it.”
Now — We surely want to be compensated for what we are doing. And more importantly we want our work to be seen, wanted and have impact. But as a litmus test this question stands the test of time. It goes much deeper than the shallow quest for success, fame and money.
What is your passion?
P.S. Want to see how this looks in action? Look no further than my friend Mike Smith, who travels the country to inspire teenagers to become better versions of themselves and help the homeless in the process.