Sushi, passion, and entrepreneurship

Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world. Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You

In his book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”, Cal Newport, a college classmate, champions the idea that passion lags work, instead of passion inspiring work. It’s the same philosophy embraced by sushi master Jiro, in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Jiro should focusses on mastering a practice, making sushi.

Passion is a magical thing - it is inspiration, a contagious motive force for progress and excitement. Some people have it innately. Others discover a calling through their journeys and develop passionate for a cause. Still others require dedication, discipline and perseverance to elicit it, like Jiro.

Founders are an adventurous breed. They undertake the substantial risk of starting a company to solving a problem and improving the world in some way. Underpinning each founder’s decision to start a company is passion.

Sometimes a founder’s passion is innate, sometimes it is discovered, sometimes it is cultivated. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how passion comes about. All that matters is that passion is present and growing. That’s what we are all chasing.

Published 2012-10-02 in


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