For the last 15 years I’ve maintained a list of ideas to build – things that both excite me and improve the world.
I’ve kept it pruned, adding new ideas, removing those that no longer seem viable and adding more details of the idea over time to those that still do.
It turns out this list is a wonderful way to help me identify those companies that I would really love to work with. To help those people build things that I am passionate enough to want to build myself.
Turns out that I care more that those amazing and positive things become realised and are in the world doing good than I do about being the person that created them.
Turns out I’m equally happy to be one of the many hands and hearts to bring them into existence.
One such company is Too Good To Go – this amazing organisation is using tech to reduce food waste.
Their mission ties in so strongly with an idea that I had about five years ago – “fix the problem of global western food waste”
Then at the Agile Testing Days conference in Potsdam last year as I brainstormed with some amazing people including Maria Urdaneta Castro, Ilan Kirchenbaum and Karen Greaves, that idea morphed into “The People’s Pantry”:
So what is the takeaway here (pun intended!)
• keep a list of your passionate ideas, keep them pruned – I spend 2 hours a month on this. Remember to write what the compelling goal is – what change do you want to see in the world.
• keep a look out for those people/organisation that are trying to build it.
• join them and help, if you can.
I hope this proves helpful to you to remember what you are passionate about and to help when you are looking for a job where passion and purpose are important.
Thanks for reading and I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂