They say there isn’t much you can accomplish without passion. Passion gives our lives a meaningful direction and drives us to achieve the impossible. Therefore, it is undoubtedly an essential prerequisite for an entrepreneur to succeed. However, the key is not to cross that fine line and become so obsessive about your goal that you can’t see beyond that since that could be the beginning of the end for an entrepreneur.
There’s a thin line that separates passion from obsession. While “passion” has a positive connotation attached to it, “obsession” can make you completely delusional and disconnected from others around you. But considering entrepreneurship is not meant to be a solo journey since, all along you need the love and support of family, friends as well as others who matter, your obsession will only lead you to isolate yourself and prevent you from going far. Now that is certainly not what you bargained for!
There will, of course, be times when you need to put your startup before everything else, purely because a startup is, after all, like a new born baby that needs some extra dose of love and care. You might even come across as selfish at such times, but as long as you are able to make up for it at other times, those around you will certainly understand and support you. The key is to know how far you can take your passion without turning it into an obsession.
Here’s how a certain degree of passion and selfishness can even prove to be an advantage for your startup:
Truly Successful Founders Are Focussed And Individualistic Leaders
With passion comes focus. It’ll help you stick to the goals of the company and not get distracted by the criticisms, demands, and requests of others. You can stick to your plan and not get swayed by external influences. Being firm, decisive and individualistic can make you come across as a commanding and confident figure. So, naturally, people will look up to you and support you in realising your goal.
Able To Set Up Boundaries To Protect The Startup’s Interests
Once you know the target you have set for yourself and are determined to achieve it, you will automatically learn to say “No” to stay away from distractions. So, you cannot be manipulated or taken advantage of.
With clear boundaries set up, it will also be easier for other people like suppliers, co-founders and staff to deal with you. This can also help you negotiate favourable terms with investors during funding rounds which will not dilute your control over the way the business is run.