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Oliver Samwer: „Scheut Euch nicht davor, im Dreck zu leben“ | Gründerszene
Als Entrepreneur scheue man sich nicht, seinen Eltern Auf Wiedersehen zu sagen oder McKinsey oder seinen Freunden. Wer Mut hat, gehe nach Indonesien, das viertgrößte Land in der Welt mit fünfmal mehr Potenzial als hierzulande. „Überlegt Euch, ob Ihr es bequem haben wollt oder nicht. Im ersten Fall werdet Ihr wahrscheinlich nicht erfolgreich werden“, fasst er zusammen.
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october 2013 by snearch
Don't Follow Your Passion: A Smarter Way to Find a Product to Sell | Hacker News
DanielRibeiro 12 hours ago | link

Or, as Bret Victor said once[1], you can also follow a principle:

There are many ways to live your life. That's maybe the most important thing to realize in your life, that every aspect of your life is a choice. There are default choices. You can choose to sleepwalk through your life, and accept the path that is laid out for you. You can choose to accept the world as it is. But you don't have to. If there's something in the world that you feel is a wrong, and you have a vision for what a better world could be, you can find your guiding principle, and you can fight for a cause. So after this talk, I'd like you to take a little time, and think about what matters to you, what you believe in, and what you might fight for.

[1] http://gumption.typepad.com/blog/2012/03/principle-centered-...



spiredigital 12 hours ago | link

I'd respectfully disagree. The original context of Cuban's advice is here:

http://blogmaverick.com/2012/03/18/dont-follow-your-passion-...

..and an especially relevant excerpt related to your comment:

"Why? Because everyone is passionate about something... ... [things] that we really really want to do with our lives. Those passions aren’t worth a nickel."

His overall point is that instead of blindly following after your passions and "hoping" things will work out, you should count on effort and hard work.

Technically, you're right - Cuban wasn't talking about specifically picking an eCommerce niche. But he does make the great point that if you're successful at something - regardless of what it is - you usually become passionate about it.

The problem faced by many new entrepreneurs is that their passion-based business plan doesn't get traction, and they give up. But if you start with a effort and market based business plan, a new entrepreneur is much more likely to succeed. And when they're successful with their business, they'll become very passionate about it.



richardw 12 minutes ago | link

This was on HN a month or so ago, and has a lot more detail about many of the same points:

http://www.ecommercefuel.com/profitable-ecommerce-ebook/

One of the points raised: you're going to get interested in whatever the niche is, if you plan on competing effectively. So choose wisely because you'll be immersed in it.
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june 2012 by snearch

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