By Mark Horoszowski (reprinted from his blog, Aspen to Nepal)
The Experiencia Endeavor event in Buenos Aires was full of passionate entrepreneurs making an extraordinary difference in their countries: creating jobs, developing environmental solutions, and spreading wealth and health to more people – fast. In Argentina alone, 98 Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created jobs for 45,000 people and an addition taxable income of US $1.3 million.
Exciting companies include:
Moverse, a nonprofit which pushes on businesses to incorporate CSR, improve education, and provide nutrition education to improve conditions for their workers and their communities.
Conexia, a technology company using digital media as a way to improve communication between different players in the healthcare system.
But more than just being surrounded by amazing entrepreneurs with great business acumen, what I noticed was that the room was filled with PASSIONATE people who wanted to create high-impact solutions through business. It reminded me of a great TED talk by author Isabel Allende, who believes that:
What matters most is the heart. Only a fearless and determined heart [will succeed]. Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. A passionate heart… [What the world needs are] mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders, and rebels. Who ask questions, bend the rules, and take risks. Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters.
This couldn’t be more true.
Passion is what drives these entrepreneurs just as it drives the world’s best athletes, artists, and teachers. It drives me, and it drives you. About a month ago, I wrote about passion, asking the question “What Are You Passionate About?“. This post is about something else. It is a plea:
Be passionate. Follow your heart. Be a maverick and adventurer. Use your passion to change the world.