Innovation · Professional development

Is passion enough to succeed?

Sonal Banka

June 24th, 2015

When passion is not about a specific idea or new opportunity. It is the emotional drive that won't let you rest until you try for yourself to find or discover the new path, the new solution, the new product, the new service. We are working on creating an online organic and natural food market where nutrition comes first, nutrition labels are smart and consumers can find and shop right food easily and better. I don't have professional experience in food industry but I am curious about it, I have a story, I have that restless desire to improve, to try harder, and to seek something new.

What do you think? Is innovation passion enough or you need to have professional industry experience to succeed? Have you experienced this restlessness?

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Ryan Nobrega Product, Technology, Operations

June 24th, 2015

Industry experience is not necessary, and can be an asset. You should have passion for the industry, and what you are trying to create, no matter how abstract.

And yes to your last question.

Justin AP CEO at EcoCosm, Inc.

June 25th, 2015

Passion is essential.  Richard Branson knew nothing about the airline industry when he started Virgin Air.  Just one example.

Chris Carruth VP/Director. Strategy | Business Development | Operations | Product | Solutions

June 24th, 2015

You can always create a team of informal advisors from the industry/functions you are less familiar with or lack experience in. Not sure I agree that lack of industry experience is ever an advantage.

Sonal Banka

June 25th, 2015

Thank you everyone for great input! I am learning new things every day. Not knowing enough about a food industry has definitely pushed me to have a fresh look at it.  

Anonymous

June 24th, 2015

Passion, willing to keep on trying and figure out what in the end works will always be the biggest driving force behind anything new. Yes domain knowledge and tech expertise help, but it starts with the fire

Mario Facusse Founder and CEO of Xyber Technologies

June 26th, 2015

Sometimes not knowing how hard it will be is the only way you'd do it in the first place. Not knowing avoids the fear most people have in the first place.

Ryan Nobrega Product, Technology, Operations

June 25th, 2015

@Chris Carruth - outsiders are able to look at things differently b/c they aren't carrying the unchallenged assumptions, biases and beliefs that insiders may have difficulty shedding.

outsiders may also find the deep expertise they have developed in their own industry provides a unique cross-pollination opportunity when combined with a "foreign" industry.

both can lead to amazing results when combined with a passion for the subject matter and perseverance. 

Justin AP CEO at EcoCosm, Inc.

June 27th, 2015

I second the comments Chris made.  This is the third time I've come across a start-up online organic market in the past year and think it's a good idea.  As far as people caring about nutrition, simply look at the success of Whole Foods.  Many care enough to spend more for better food.

Mikhail Gorelkin Principal AI Architect & Developer

June 24th, 2015

No, you need to understand reality to deal successfully with it.

Lauren Musto MBA Candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management

June 30th, 2015

No.

No, no, and no.

Restlessness is normal. Passion is a prerequisite and what compels entrepreneurs to do crazy things like start companies in the first place. 

But that in no way means you will be successful.

So, no it's not enough.