“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman
The world in which we live is filled with frightened people. Life has a way of driving the passion for life out of us. If you are reading this because you have an interest in entrepreneurialism then you must have either spark of life or a dream demanding release. Otherwise you would not be here. Have you found an idea you love?
«To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.» – Jean Rostand
The love of an idea is a consummate risk-taking adventure. There are no promises and failure is possible, yet an entrepreneur must abandon themselves to that place where they find an idea they love knowing that there is a spot just past research and rationalism where there is no turning back.
“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The drive that you possess in developing a business idea is bold, noble, misunderstood and altogether powerful. The passion is bound to spring you into action. This is the place where reason must be welcomed to the party.
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” – Benjamin Franklin
Like a horse at top speed, like Rags to Riches at Belmont, the life instilling nature of the pursuit of a dream is staring at the finish line and refusing to look back. It is your ability to reason that allows you to correct and guide your passion, but only if reason is applied. If not, you may only be astride a runaway horse.
“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” – Glade Byron Addams
Many entrepreneurs look at their dream as the sum total of their chance at success. For some this proves true, so when you have an idea and passion agrees, run with it.
“Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” – Arthur Buddhold
Entrepreneurialism allows people to move from a place of simply existing to a place of living. It may seem a little dangerous, but it also regenerates passion in an individual’s life.
“Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed.” – Charles Caleb Colton
We’ve all seen a rodeo on television. Passion without reason is a bit like bronco busting where the ride is thrilling, but short-lived. Reason without passion is more like an aging horse that has no get up and go and is simply a mode of transportation. Passion tempered with reason always stands the best chance of winning the entrepreneurial race in a way that is both fun and moving.