HBR blogger Umair Haque has a great post called “Have to Have a Year that Matters“.
In the post he asks “What breaks your heart?”
Follow your passion, we’re often told. But how do you find your passion? Let me put it another way: what is it that breaks your heart about the world? It’s there that you begin to find what moves you. If you want to find your passion, surrender to your heartbreak. Your heartbreak points towards a truer north — and it’s the difficult journey towards it that is, in the truest sense, no mere passing idyllic infatuation, but enduring, tempestuous passion.
When I ponder this, the collection of unsolvable global problems come to mind. But as I think deeper, I realize one common denominator in this collection is a fundamental lack of opportunity, people not getting the chance to try. Being pushed down, discriminated against, facing unfair rules and regulations, no education, no economic opportunity and being blocked by stupid shit that supports the status quo all crush opportunity. This breaks my heart.
As I look at my own career and co-founding PivotDesk, I realize how connected things are. On the surface, PivotDesk seems like a marketplace for office space, but there’s something deeper. PivotDesk creates opportunity instead of destoying it. PivotDesk helps companies be more efficient, to waste less and to do more. We say all the time that “this is not just about office space” and we truly believe that. PivotDesk is about setting people and companies up for success, doing our small part in helping them do something amazing with their opportunity.
2 thoughts on “What Breaks My Heart”
Every great man combats these issues. Whether it was Henry Ford with the epic legal battles (http://www.wiley.com/legacy/products/subject/business/forbes/ford.html — read to the bottom) or the Teddy Roosevelt fight against big business (http://www.history.com/videos/theodore-roosevelt-vs-corporate-america#theodore-roosevelt-vs-corporate-america), this is a heart breaker that every great person faces. You’re not alone.
You’ll persevere and succeed as well.
Well-put. This is the reason I volunteer at the horse rescue.