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  • Passion FTW! #PassionFTW! Peter Flaschner @flashlight peterflaschner.com April 1, 2009 Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • What is passion? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Is it this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/73823441@N00/169622936/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Is it this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/72296542@N00/311658424/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Is it this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/18583731@N07/3029544704/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Is it this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/78436447@N00/63382682/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Is it this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/71302538@N00/208890214/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion is a force. http://www.flickr.com/photos/21829439@N04/2763734090/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion is energy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8070463@N03/3066642728/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion is hard to define. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • wiktionary passion 1. Any great, powerful emotion, especially love or hate. 2. fervor, determination. 3. An object of passionate love or strong interest. It started as a hobby, but now my motorbike collection has become my passion. 4. (Christianity) The suffering of Jesus leading up to and during his crucifixion. 5. A play, musical composition or display meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • wiktionary passion emotion fervor determination 1. A person's internal state of being and 1. (US) An intense, heated emotion; passion, involuntary, subjective, physiological response ardor. 1. The act of determining, or the state of being to an object or a situation, based in or tied to 2. (US) A passionate enthusiasm for some cause. determined. physical state and sensory feelings. 3. (US) Heat. 2. Bringing to an end; termination; limit. 2. A reaction by an non-human organism with 3. Direction or tendency to a certain end; behavioral and physiological elements similar impulsion. to a person's response. 4. The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness. 5. (countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy. 6. (countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution. 7. A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head. 8. (countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air. 9. The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents. 10. The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization. 11. The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion is slippery. It’s hard to define. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68845396@N00/89593428/ Malingering Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • passion 1. Any great, powerful emotion, especially love or hate. 2. fervor, determination. 3. An object of passionate love or strong interest. It started as a hobby, but now my motorbike collection has become my passion. 4. (Christianity) The suffering of Jesus leading up to and during his crucifixion. 5. A play, musical composition or display meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Robert J. Vallerand, professor of Psychology at Université de Montreal Past president of the Canadian Psychological Association Runs the Research Laboratory on Social Behavior at Université de Montreal Written over 200 articles, many books, yadda yadda http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/r26710/LRCS/default_en.htm Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Dualistic Model of Passion for activities Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Where activity refers to something we choose to do. fight for a cause lose 20 pounds collect stamps Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Harmonious Obsessive Passion Passion Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Harmonious Passion People with a harmonious passion have been found to experience positive emotions such as happiness both during and after engagement in the passionate activity, as well as a better concentration, feelings of being fully absorbed during activity engagement, and report higher levels of well-being . Eric G. Donahue Mars 2009, Le Panoptique http://www.lepanoptique.com/dev/page-article.php? id=142&theme=sciences&PHPSESSID=a4a95af0376599f177f36d72 20433622 http://www.flickr.com/photos/76195812@N00/777675231/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Obsessive Passion Those individuals feel like they cannot help but to engage in the activity they love due to the internal forces that control them. Eventually, the passionate activity takes disproportionate importance and interferes with other aspects and activities of the person’s life. As a consequence, obsessive passion has been related to negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, shame) and feelings of guilt, poor concentration, rumination (i.e., difficulty stopping thinking about the activity), and rigid task engagement. Eric G. Donahue Mars 2009, Le Panoptique http://www.lepanoptique.com/dev/page-article.php? id=142&theme=sciences&PHPSESSID=a4a95af0376599f177f36d7220433622 http://www.flickr.com/photos/59755778@N00/36985218/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion can develop in two directions Harmonious Obsessive Passion Passion Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Good Evil bonsai bonsai trimmer trimmer Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • So... http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonivc/2363758336/in/set-72157603742415116/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Why is harmonious passion important? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Because it can make us better communicators. http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124404848@N01/47868720/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Because it can make us happy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/42921300@N00/264814182/ Felix42 contra la censura Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Because it makes us better entrepreneurs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chromaticaberrations/2274493496/sizes/o/ ground*floor Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Because it’s the foundation of evangelism. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chromaticaberrations/2274493496/sizes/o/ ground*floor Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Because the world is fucked. kevindooley http://www.flickr.com/photos/12836528@N00/2808632690/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Harmonious passion as saviour, part 1 The Motivator http://www.flickr.com/photos/72033685@N00/273357938/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • What’s led us to this? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Human behaviour. http://www.flickr.com/photos/55544800@N00/314391903/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Changing behaviour is hard. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Need strong, consistent internal drive. http://www.flickr.com/photos/48549719@N00/2901927644/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We need motivation that can withstand setbacks. the driver of this car had just walked away to get gas when a tractor trailer ran over it...  http://www.flickr.com/photos/32708549@N00/6224088/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • If we just look at motivation, we’re not looking deep enough. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33781019@N00/1612085620/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Motivation grows out of passion. (not exclusively) http://www.flickr.com/photos/48549719@N00/2920297233/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • There is a certain QUALITY to motivation that arises from harmonious passion http://www.flickr.com/photos/10997674@N07/3334923965/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • The problems we face are really big. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035624977@N01/72750725/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We need to think about how to develop our passion for solving the problems, so that we can have the motivation to do the hard work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8938625@N07/2541275902/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion can be an important tool in helping us out of this mess. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion as saviour, part 2 The happiness factor http://www.flickr.com/photos/63894760@N00/108765872/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • (this is just a hunch.) Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • (Happiness as well-being, not pleasure) Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Happy people do less harm. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Generally. I mean, think about the opposite: Do angry people do more harm? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Happy people leave a gentler mark. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76195812@N00/1888321618/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Happy people spread happiness. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Research has identified a number of correlates with happiness. These include religious involvement, parenthood, marital status, age, income and proximity to other happy people. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  • “Passion can fuel motivation, enhance well-being, and provide meaning in everyday life.” Éric Donahue, Research Laboratory on Social Behavior, Université de Montreal Thursday, April 2, 2009
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  • Passion can lead to happiness. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76195812@N00/1888321618/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Let’s apply this to entrepreneurs. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Setbacks? Hells, yeah. Max Estes http://www.flickr.com/photos/10337870@N06/1556858800/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Need strong, consistent internal drive? Um, yes. http://www.flickr.com/photos/48549719@N00/2901927644/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We want to be in the groove, flowing. There is strong correlation between passion and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s definition of flow. see TED Talks Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html http://www.flickr.com/photos/10997674@N07/3334923965/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • No passion, no evangelists. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chromaticaberrations/2274493496/sizes/o/ ground*floor Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Deep breath. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • So what does this have to do with any of us? Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It affects this particular group in two ways: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59562171@N00/247249870/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/txanoduna/477985347/sizes/o/ Txanoduna Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It affects us personally. http://www.flickr.com/photos/7346219@N03/2464804268/ GirLy GirL Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • I want to be happy. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • I want my friends and family to be happy. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • I want to be around happy people. So it’s in my best interest to understand how harmonious passion can lead to happiness so that I can generate it and feed it to you. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • What’s more, it’s in my interest for my friends and family to understand harmonious passion so you can generate it and feed it to me. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It affects us professionally. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23356961@N00/4830305/ julieta masina Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • As entrepreneurs, we have a lot of power. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We actually get to live our passions. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We get to be enablers for other people’s passions. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We build companies and tools for our colleagues and clients, often allowing them to pursue their passion. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We provide the means and expertise for people to exercise their passions Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • This is true for our clients and our clients’ audience. http://www.flickr.com/photos/59562171@N00/247249870/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • This is really important, and usually overlooked. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It means the impact of our work is exponential http://www.flickr.com/photos/80122196@N00/4557105/ GustavoG Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • We have a tremendous opportunity. If we accept that a) harmonious passion can help improve lives, and b) harmonious passion can be developed then we have to accept that we can make a big difference. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Time to get practical: Let’s look at how passion develops http://www.flickr.com/photos/49968232@N00/12364944/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Robert J. Vallerand, professor of Psychology at Université de Montreal Past president of the Canadian Psychological Association Runs the Research Laboratory on Social Behavior at Université de Montreal Written over 200 articles, many books, yadda yadda http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/r26710/LRCS/default_en.htm Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Dualistic Model of Passion for activities Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Harmonious Obsessive Passion Passion Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • 2007 Presidential Address to the Canadian Psychological Association On the Psychology of Passion: In Search of What Makes People’s Lives Most Worth Living On the development of passion http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/r26710/LRCS/papers/vallerandcp2008.pdf Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Three processes are hypothesised to influence the development of passion toward an activity: activity selection, activity valuation, and the type of internalisation of the activity representation in one’s identity. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26084283@N00/72697229/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • This is deep stuff. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Three processes are hypothesised to influence the development of passion toward an activity: activity selection, activity valuation, and the type of internalisation of the activity representation in one’s identity. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Activity selection is simply what do I choose to do. Visit a site, make a purchase, play a game, join a social network, etc. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • As creators, how we present activity options has an impact. Can the user find the right activity? http://www.flickr.com/photos/14468301@N06/2150870925/ Spiritless Visionary Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Three processes are hypothesised to influence the development of passion toward an activity: activity selection, activity valuation, and the type of internalisation of the activity representation in one’s identity. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • activity valuation is the subjective importance given to the activity by the person Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Context is critical to activity valuation. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Research has shown that when the object of interest is highly valued and meaningful, one is inclined to internalise the valued object, to make it part of him or herself. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • As it relates to strategy, we need to be aware that if we give an important element low valuation in it’s presentation, it may affect how our users internalize their experience. http://www.flickr.com/photos/46425925@N00/179019989/ Pulpolux !!! Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Three processes are hypothesised to influence the development of passion toward an activity: activity selection, activity valuation, and the type of internalisation of the activity representation in one’s identity. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Two types of internalization: Autonomous Controlled Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • An individual, of his or her own volition, chooses to Autonomous pursue a thing for the pleasure/challenge/ enjoyment of it. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • An individual feels internal Controlled or external pressure to pursue a thing. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Classic example is music students. Those who autonomously internalize the activity of making music tend to be happier than those who are controlled into the activity. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43462240@N00/279290857/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Here’s the thing: Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Nag, and you lose. http://www.flickr.com/photos/10049178@N00/117350635/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • If you’re building a business or a tool that you want your users to be passionate about, you have to let them internalize the action of participating on your site autonomously. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Activity selection Activity valuation Type of internalization Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • In summary Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Harmonious passion can be a force for good. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76195812@N00/777675231/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It can improve the quality of your life. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8747118@N05/2233385611/ Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It can improve the quality of your colleague’s and client’s lives. (which ought to give you some more dough) http://www.flickr.com/photos/63613245@N00/460583582/ Dalboz17 Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • It can help power us through some of the behavioural changes we’re all facing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43204851@N00/182910562/ Asten Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • As entrepreneurs, we have a lot of power. http://www.flickr.com/photos/86891211@N00/72224228/ Matthew Clark Photography & Design Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Let’s do something awesome with it. Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Passion FTW! #PassionFTW! Peter Flaschner @flashlight March 31, 2009 http://peterflaschner.com/passionftw For more on passion and business, Check out The Passion Economy (free e-book, designed by me). http://peterflaschner.com/the-passion-economy/ Thursday, April 2, 2009