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Here's What Workaholics Don't Want You To Know About Passion

by Anirban Saren on September 08, 2020

Have you ever felt dissatisfied by doing what you are passionate about? Do you feel life passion is difficult to follow? If yes then I need 3 minutes of your time to give you knowledge that will increase your life's satisfaction and happiness.

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By the way, my name is Anirban. I am one of Plus Demand's founders. My story is I did not know what I was passionate about until a few years ago. I was an introvert and an average student in school. My parents had big expectations for me to become an engineer. I was living the way society told me to live life. But that change when one day I was reading a book called "Think And Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. Before reading that book I used to think that life was about thinking like others, acting like others, and any attempt to think big and act big would lead to failure because it's not in my genes. Long story short, I got inspired and I decided to stop torturing myself by trying to be an engineer and I chose Philosophy. And started Plus Demand.

There is a quote by Nelson Mandela which says "There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." This is one of the things that got me out of the rat race and confusion in life to where I could felt confident and became independent. 

Thinking small and settling for a life where you are capable of more is a guaranteed way to lose passion for what you do. It's not about the thing that you are passionate about but it's about how you see life. 

Because if you thought small and even achieved what you aimed for and then settled down, you are not contributing to the world through big results. It becomes a selfish downward spiral that ends up making your life miserable. And then you lose passion. 

This is what people who work all the time(workaholics/work-focused) know about passion. If you are doing something, whether you are passionate about it, unless it is meaningful and big you will not feel motivated. It could be the case that work-focused people do what they hate out of necessity. But then they create big results which in turn puts their focus on big thinking. Since the payoff is big and they feel motivated. Although there is no substitute for hard work, the correct sized goal will save you time and stress. 

Thinking big is more important than settling for small. This is one of the things in the "Think and Grow Rich" book-burning desire. One day I was following the advice in that book and I was feeling demotivated after a few days. But then as I read the book and another book "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, I realized that passion is proportional to how meaningful the goal is. And most of the time meaning means big in scale. Because helping 100 people is more meaningful than helping one person. And that was the point where I started to think a little bigger. Although I am still working on it, it is much more motivating than thinking small. This is what motivated me to start my t-shirt store though.

So this is what I want to bring to your attention. Don't settle for small, go big. It is way more motivating and way more fulfilling. Every time I think small, I don't get success. But when I think big and take action, I immediately get results. 

I hope you got something out of this blog post on My goal is to not just create amazing t-shirts for you but to connect you to your true passions. If you think what I wrote is "incorrect" or "impractical" then I would love to hear it in the comments or you can email me at And if this blog post made you feel better and became an useful use of your time, then please comment-
What is "passion" to you?