Today I read a tweet from Sir Richard Branson:
“I never started out in business to make money – I wanted to create products that made a difference in people’s lives. The same is true today…”
This made me think about my past, present and my direction in life.
As a young entrepreneur I used to work more than 16 hours a day; truly motivated to succeed but mainly to make money. At night I could not sleep, imagining that I would not accomplish what I wanted.
Twenty-eight years later, as a mature entrepreneur, I am still motivated, but money is not the drive anymore. Yes, I do want to succeed; yet my motivation is in making changes, in creating ideas and projects that will improve people’s lives. Ideas that will test time and last long after I am gone.
A few years ago with some associates we came up with a concept:
The PAPI concept. PAPI in Spanish is a word that is an affectionate term for a father; PAPI is someone that cares about you and has the best interest for you to succeed and have a healthy-happy life.
The ‘PAPI concept’ states that in order for an idea to succeed, you need to have 4 key components: First, you need to be (P) passionate, (A) take action, (P) be positive and (I) have an impact.
Passion is the key to everything we do. If you are passionate about your family, your career, your life, you will find a way to do it right.
If you have an idea or a dream, do you really believe in it, do you have the necessary desire, the required enthusiasm to make it work? Only, if you are passionate you will have the strength to bring your desire to a reality.
Every great idea requires action. Any idea without action will be only a dream forever. Set up a plan or a sequence of steps and act on it.
A great idea is the one that has a positive impact in our life or the world we live in. When we provide real, long-lasting change to people, when we apply our best thinking to the problems that will create concepts that improve people’s lives is when we create the positive impact.
Impact is a qualitative measure for how much consequence something will have over time; it refers to the influence of one person, thing, or action, on another. The larger the impact is, the better.
In short, for your plan to succeed, you need to think like a father. Be passionate about your idea, create a plan that will have a positive impact on people and then, act on it!
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!