Importance of Passion


This article is about a phenomena, that can boost your co-workers during you everyday work. No its not something you can teach them, more than help them to feel it. But the first question is that are you already passionate about your work?

The phenomena

I work in web development, where personal and team performance is very important. During everyday development it is an often emerging situation when a lot of script didn't want to work properly, on a scrum review the product fails to operate even and there are lot of small mistakes, that makes the whole picture a great mass.

If we work in Scrum development or even in classic Project Management we always give User Stories or Tasks to the developers, but we have no really impact on how will these small pieces come togther in one product. Ok we can control them, check them, audit them, but afterwards they will feel themself as a robot, and their creative self disappears. Its a mouse trap: the developers working more imprecisely, the project managers should use more control, and so on. How can we quit from this circle? You should see one clear vision that you feel passionate about it and starting to say WE not you and me.

How can we evolve product enthusiasm?

If you belive in your product and in its vision than it is the first step to be passionate about it.

1.) Ideologies your product!

Why is your product more than average? If you could not answer this question clearly, your product is not better than the others, than you are in the "long tail" of products.

Never use bullshits like "we are more efficient", "we have more feature".

Google has only two features in their original search engine, (1) it has a really simple interface (one field) and (2) gived relevant search results.

You should not be better than others, you should be the best among the others. Perfection is the key, which will raise you above other companies.

2.) Use vision building meeting and let all developers to take part!

It is not a fast meeting you should hold, but you should give time, to people feel more and more enthusiasm about the product.

3.) Found a new company culture

The headline of your new company culture should be:

Feel every product your are working on should be a masterpiece

The hardest thing to start this, because you should start it with yourself. You should show the example how to be passionate and focused with your product, you should not satisfied only with the best results.

Peoples who were passionate

And finally let me show you some great people, who were passionate about they doing.

Jamie Oliver

"What I've enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn - I love it!"

Steve Jobs

"We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them."

Steve Irwin

"I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."

Could you recognize the common characteristics in their attitude?

  • They love(d) what they do
  • They belive(d) what they do
  • They are(were) honest with themself
  • They though(t) that it is the best thing they can do

Final word

Do you remember when Robin Williams stand on the table in movie Dead Poets Society? You felt that its not normal, you felt that it should mean something more deeper than just a silly move...

If you want to feel the same passion you should do also the same: "stand on your table".


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