Small Thought: Against Passion

Startup culture loves passion. I don’t.

I believe in planning over passion. Planning triages blind alleys where passion charges down them, and fixes problems early where passion hopes to figure them out later.

There is a place for passion; with imperfect information, a lot of approaches look foolish when you sit back and consider, even though some minority of them will turn out to be very valuable. Passion makes people stupid, and gets them to take the chance anyway. And sometimes that’s valuable.

But most of the time? Most of the time, passion just made you stupid and blind to the problems of your approach.

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