Passion comes from suffering
Let's explore the meaning of a popular word in the 21st century
Hello from Nice (France). I am here for the launch of my new book “Passion Economy and the Side Hustle Revolution”. Having written and reflected on what passion means at an individual and societal level, I thought I would tell you a bit about the origin of the word.
Greek — πάσχω — "to suffer, to be acted on"
Latin — passio — "suffering" (from Latin pati "to suffer"; participle: passus))
Passion is a term used to denote strong and intractable or barely controllable emotion or inclination with respect to a particular person or thing. When you look at this picture, suffering is perhaps not what comes to mind, does it?
Few minutes after this, I rushed to a corner of the beach to record this session with Prateek who is launching a new product management course on Network Capital. Take a look.
Prateek is a Columbia Business School graduate who leads a team of product managers at Twilio, one of the fastest growing unicorns in the world. Recently he got the exceptional talent visa in the US. He doesn’t really need to teach or do anything more to have a solid career. Prateek already has all the qualifications one can hope for. So why would a person with distinguished credentials celebrating his birthday join another friend on a beach in a different part of the world (via Zoom try) try and evangelize a course which is not going to make a significant financial difference in their lives?