As I've been working on my piece for the More Space book project, I find myself getting more and more drawn into the concept of passion as fuel for entrepreneurial success. Here's a great blog post from back in 2001 written by Rajesh Jain at EMERGIC.org. Jain is an Indian entrepreneur who founded and built IndiaWorld and sold it for USD $115 million.
His take on passion?
Passion is what comes from within, it is that fire and energy which can help the entrepreneur surmount even the most difficult of obstacles. Passion is perhaps the single biggest differentiator for an entrepreneur.
Talking about the power of passion to influence others, he points to his own experience in the early days of IndiaWorld when he was developing partnerships.
Making people feel that they can make a bet on the person across the table, however audacious the idea, is what passion can do. It was about making them, for a fleeting moment, make them see in the person across the table, their own past, their own struggle, and make them want to say Yes.
As to the effect of passion on the company itself, Jain says:
Passion is what is most visible in the entrepreneur, who as a General also has to motivate the troops. The team an entrepreneur may not always have the best people - in fact, at the early stages of a business, it is not easy to attract the most outstanding of talent. An entrepreneur's challenge is to infect those around with that same passion to excel, and make ordinary people do extraordinary things.