Any entrepreneur will tell you that passion is an essential ingredient for success, I suppose that’s true for any profession. In business, passion is the invisible force that keeps you going, when the going gets tough. It’s the secret ingredient to engaging and connecting with staff, customers and very often funders. If you can’t get excited about what you do, then don’t expect those you are trying to influence to be enthused.
I spend quite a bit of my time speaking to entrepreneurial audiences, waxing lyrically and enthusiastically about the power of inner energy, focus, drive, resilience and yes…..passion. To be honest, I would love to see more entrepreneurs getting excited about their business, what they do and the difference they make to the environment in which they operate. Last weeks engagements were painful to say the least (the exception being the Liverpool GrowthAccelerator – Chris Maguire chaired a great event). At one session I felt I was in a mortuary observing a post-mortem – a lifeless atmosphere rapidly turning negative when discussion started, at least someone was breathing.
My energy was sapped by people telling me how bad things were, a truly draining experience – with groans spanning the spectrum from eroded margins, can’t get finance, problems with staff, awkward customers, the list went on. The resultant effect was an immediate need to find the nearest boozer and drown my sorrows with a few pints of John Smith’s.
Last week reinforced to me the importance of the need to hang out with individuals who exhibit a positive mental attitude. They fuel passion and a progressive outlook on business and indeed life. Passion creates charisma and charisma sells, don’t let anyone take that away from you. Avoid negativity like the plague, growing a business is hard enough without others making it even more traumatic.
Passion is an essential ingredient for an entrepreneurial mindset, with it you can change the world, without it be prepared to accept at best an average result.