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The importance of passion

There’s an interesting poll on LinkedIn this week that asks what people think is the most important trait a person needs to succeed in their first job.  Looking at well over 5000 responses to the poll, passion is the most popular selection by an overwhelming margin.

There are other attributes that contribute to success, but most agree that without an interest in, and a passion for, the type of work you do the rest of the attributes are likely to be underutilised.

Interestingly, the poll results are consistent across demographics with respondents from all ages, genders, company size and titles agreeing on the paramount importance of passion.

One thing that sticks out is that respondents in the consulting and sales functions place an even higher importance on passion as a key criteria for success.  Both of those functions rely heavily on influence and, it seems to me, would benefit from the authenticity that passion brings to the table.

Have you ever experienced the futile efforts of a sales person that didn’t believe in his or her own product?

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Singularity University hangs out its shingle

The famous YouTube hit “Did You Know” told us that “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that haven’t yet been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

It looks like someone is doing something about that.  Singularity University, a high-end educational center of excellence fronted by noted futurist Ray Kurzweil and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis and headed up by Yahoo/Brickhouse guru Salim Ismail, plans to open its doors at the NASA campus in Silicon Valley this summer and will focus on the potential exponential technology growth offers in dealing with the world’s most challenging issues.

Tuition will be steep, and attendance limited to students who demonstrate exceptional ability and commitment.

So if you are passionate about the promise of the future, and can wrap your head around the theoretical potential of  technological hyper-evolution, there will soon be a place for you to drink from the educational fire hose.

More information is available HERE, HERE and HERE.

Roger Farnsworth

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