18. March 2019

The final Days, or: Why Passion Makes a Difference

by Nadine

The clock is ticking loud, as our time at Silicon Valley is almost over – today was our last full day here in San Francisco. Tomorrow, we will all board different planes and head to Munich for the final pitches of the #valleychallenge.

No wonder the stress levels within our three teams are reaching new heights. Everyone is busy with last minute changes and adaptions, refining ideas, fine-tuning presentations, practicing the pitches … But you know what’s amazing to see? Motivation rules!

True, we’re all a bit worn out, the last weeks have been intense. We’ve all had our ups and downs, some discussions were heated, some feedback justified but still tough. Yet, all team members are extremely focused and in high spirits. Or, to say it with other words: They are passionate.

And that’s actually what it is all about – just as Steve Jobs said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Looking at our participants, I can see what he means. If you are not passionate about what you do, you will not reach the results that you desire. On the other hand, if you really love what you are doing, it enables creativity, innovation, and brings energy at work – even if things are hard sometimes.

And that’s exactly what I can observe here with our teams. Even after more than three weeks of hard work, intense discussions and many iterations, they consistently look for better ways to improve themselves, their ideas, and our business in general. Because they are passionate about what they are doing.

Simon Sinek, a British motivational speaker and consultant, once said: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”

And that’s the secret, really. Passion to try out new things, to be curious, to work on meaningful ideas is what drives our participants and keeps them motivated instead of stressed. It’s a trait that can really make a difference.