Sure I liked sports and movies, but what 20 year old college guy doesn't? Could I really consider playing pick up basketball or quoting lines from step brothers a passion?
I always envied the people around me at college who could answer the question about their passion in 2 seconds flat. Whether it was a roommate who loved making music, or a buddy who couldn't wait to go rock climbing, there were people all around me during my 4 years of college discovering and developing their passions, while I was busy switching majors, becoming obsessed with fantasy football,and proudly claiming I had watched every episode of The Wire (must see TV by the way)
Over the last couple of years I started reading more and more about startups and entrepreneurs running their own companies. I became fascinated with how startups and the people behind them were solving vastly different problems like the hassle of scheduling doctor appointments or providing efficient transportation to developing nations. I became inspired and enlightened by hungry founders and CEOs who were growing legitimate businesses by doing things differently or doing things better, all while doing it on their own terms. I read books and watched lectures that drove this passion to new levels and lead me to read more, learn more, and ask more.
But so what, I read some books and articles, who hasn't. Did this mean I was really passionate about something? I eventually graduated and was lucky enough find a great job and move to Chicago, home to a booming startup culture. Perhaps now is a better time than ever to take my interest one step further and blog about the people, companies, and ideas that are leading the startup revolution. Perhaps writing a blog will help me and others understand what it takes to start, run, and grow a business by interviewing and covering the thousands of people doing it every single day. Perhaps writing a blog will allow me to finally answer that question about passion without hesitation. Or perhaps I'll just lose interest and use this blog as a way to share funny youtube videos until I try and pick up my next interest like sperlunking or larping. I guess theres only way to find out...