How to find your passion

Passion is considered essential to progress and excel. Passion is considered the most important driving factor for achievement, fulfilment and entrepreneurial pursuits. Few have it found them naturally. For many, it has to be discovered. 

To discover what you are passionate about, track your activities, ideas and associations where you love the process, not just the results and outcomes. True fulfilment comes mostly from the process. Irrespective of whether people appreciate or buy, artists go on performing as they love the process of acting, drawing, painting.   If you love creating, driving, climbing, talking, writing, you continue to do it. That’s where your passion is. When you discover this and focus, you will master ways to build on it. Focus gets results and outcomes that make your craft remarkable. Success breeds success. Fuels passion for a great run. You’ll make your way.

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Power of small and continuous improvements

Power of small and continuous improvements is much higher than a sudden, surgical transformation. It is natural. It is sustainable. Any ill effect can be rectified quickly. Reversal is cheaper. Starting all over isn’t much difficult. When allowed and practiced over a period of time, resulting transformation seems magical.

Be it improving your walking pace, writing speed, workouts, team meeting effectiveness, line precision, anything that routinely matters can be transformed to its best performance level. Identify those small and regular activities that require improvement and be at it continuously in small portions that matter. To reach the 10000 step-a-day benchmark from your current 2000 mark, 20 additional steps everyday is a good plan. You’ll be surprised how quickly you gain momentum, reach the mark and maintain. Same is true with everything you work with.

In the quest of huge transformations, do not ignore continuous improvements. They form the basis for sustainable long journey. Keeping tools sharpened and staying relevant is essential for every intrapreneur/ entrepreneur. Make the best use of the power of small and continuous improvements.

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Why problems don’t turn out as opportunities

In our everyday life, we don’t view problems as opportunities. We aren’t taught to embrace problems. We’re taught that problems are to be avoided. Most people talk about and complain about problems. This is the natural behavior. This makes it difficult for pursuing innovation programs at large.

In the business context, we believe that problems are opportunities. Opportunities to build a venture, hopefully, a profitable one. Problems become the source of innovation expeditions. Problems worth solving are categorized based on the opportunity they present economically. Possible solutions that have scalability in the market are chosen for sponsorship and pursuit. By the time the solution is built, tested and deployed, the relevance of the problem might not exist. That’s the risk every innovation project built around a problem has to manage.

When you are trying to discover opportunities through problem lens, look for a few key aspects – Size, Seasonality, and Solutions in use.

Size and seasonality can be established with questions: Is it a small problem that a lot of people face every day? Is it a big problem that a lot of people are facing for a long period of time? Is it a big problem that only a few people face, once in a while? Is it a small problem only a few people face sometimes? For all answers, find how people are coping with the problem? What solutions are in use? How effective are current solutions – in terms of cost, quality and time attributes?

Finally, find how technology can solve the problem more effectively and efficiently. This will help you find a problem worth solving. If you are addressing critical problems, then time is the core factor you should consider in finding and implementing the solution. Else, problems don’t turn out as opportunities.

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What fuels effective decision making and problem solving?

Decision making and problem solving occupies significant portion of your time at work. Most customer facing team members believe that it is their full-time-job. Though, you might be responsible for the decision you take, the process of decision making and problem solving involves quite a few others. How well they perform and how timely they respond, decides the effectiveness of the decision and the problem-solution.

Both involve analysis-synthesis-evaluation cycles to identify an effective path-forward via triangulation of options. This requires analytical skills – one that individuals are trained to do, creative intelligence – one that evolves over time and timely application of knowledge & experience in a creative manner. Creativity plays a significant role in the entire process and effectiveness of the result.

Creativity is like a delicate flower that blooms with praise and discouragement often nibs it in the bud. Remember how well you feel and produce better ideas, when your efforts are appreciated. Do the same. Appreciation of efforts fuels better and more ideas from all involved, to help decide well and identify solutions that effectively solve the problem, mostly in record time!

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Perform where it counts the most to stay on top of your game

While at work, remember that it is your public-performance. If you are an artist-in-demand, people pay and come to watch your performance. At work, you are paid to perform and people watch you and your work. So, you are in-demand. But, unlike performance on stage where people are focused on you and your work, here they are equally busy with themselves and their work. When people are engrossed in their own ways, it is hard for them to notice how well you are performing – unless it matters to their work/life! Like the Joshua Bell’s experiment, there are many to prove that people’s attention and your performance have little correlation otherwise.

Choose a platform where you are challenged to perform better than your best. Work on items that matter most to people around you. You will grow and your mastery over the craft of building remarkable things. Picking a company, a project or an idea, just for the sake of it has little impact on you and to those who you intend to target.

Perform where it counts the most – to stay on top of your game, always.

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Best idea to pursue as an Entrepreneur in residence

Best idea to pursue as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence should be the one fit-for-the-purpose. Purpose has three dimensions of fitment. Fit with the company. Fit with the market and of course, fit with intrapreneur’s needs. 

Ideas without any of this will be like an open-bottom-pyramid. Difficult to sustain and mostly will fail the test-of-time. Find and pursue the business idea that is bounded. Test fitment early enough. Invest your reputation, expertise and energy on those ideas that have a greater fit in all dimensions. You will get priority support, time and mind-share to build something remarkable!

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