Looking for Your Passion? Consider Kicking Ass

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I was just writing a post called “How to Make 10K in One Day (YEAH!!!)” I was excited. It was an “x tips” post. I’ll still publish it. Probably. But then I found out I got a new competitor. I got PISSED. And then I got pissed about my post. All this feel-good shit about passion and business and whatever. Sometimes it just comes down to kicking the crap out of people who can’t create companies as good as yours.

I stopped writing the post. Wrote this one, and as we speak I’m finding ways to protect and grow my company (also known as KICKING ASS!).

If we are in the type of market where I lose money when you make money (sometimes called “zero sum”), I know your name. I probably know where you live. I know where you manufacture. I’ve bought your products. I have spoken with your customers. I’m making assumptions about how much you work. I know how many employees you have. I’m estimating the amount of cash you are trying to peel off your business based on your lifestyle. I don’t take it lightly that you’ve got kids that need to go to college.

I am *really* pissed of that you’ve decided to launch a product that competes with mine. My products are better. My team is smarter and better looking. I’ve thought of your idea a million times already and I’m ready to respond. You, and your children’s education, are in great peril. You need to leave now.

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Competition is a tough thing. It can put you on tilt.  You can lose sleep. You can become absurdly reactionary.

When I first looked in to starting businesses, I would search the web, hold my breath, and hope that nobody was doing “my idea.” Now I know that’s silly. I look for markets that are healthy with competition. That means people are making money.

Then I find ways to kick their ass. In return, I don’t mind a little ass kicking.

Last week, my company had its first 10,000K day of standard turnover business (that means no contracts or special launch type stuff). That’s “passive income.” That’s what my business is capable of on a daily basis. I’m excited. I’m scared. I’m smelling blood.

Audience is awesome. Finding your niche is awesome. Finding your passion is great. Helping others along the way is better.

But there is something I love about a good old fashioned ass kicking. I want my company to be the best. I want to put my crappy competitors out of business. My market deserves better.

If the worst-case scenario happens– that my market agrees with my new opponent’s value proposition, I will listen and find a way to improve on it ten fold.

There’s a lot of folks out there groping for ways forward. How do I start a business? How do I make some money!?

I remember now why we got started– we knew we could kick ass. If you are at a loss for what to do with your business, start looking for something that you can be the very best in the world at. Then, dear reader, defend your honor :).

I’ve got a new competitor. My game face is on. This next month is going to be about strengthening my business. No more input while at the laptop. No blogs. No hacker news. No twitter feeds.

Only ass-kicking related activities are allowed.

Good luck new competition. I sure hope you’ve got a backup plan.

Not everyone is talking willy-nilly about passion, check out This Week in Startups. Jason is ruthless and knows his shit.

Also, check out the mailing list. Very shortly I’ll be launching my new book on doing business in the Philippines.

Published on 04.26.10
  • http://www.seanogle.com Sean

    The competition doesn’t stand a chance. Simple as that.

    I’d hate to be competing with you and the drive you have. Because I guarantee that your drive (and mine for that matter) is stronger than there’s.

    Boom.

  • http://www.webbizfinance.com/ Tyler WebCPA

    Great thought about looking for markets that are healthy and making money and then entering and doing it even better than the established players. Keeping them honest by kicking ass!

  • http://blog.100ziele.de Tim

    Man, calm down! Ass kicking is for schoolkids. It lets you focus on assholes instead of your business. IMHO it’s way better to continue doing your thing, concentrating on being #1 and watching all those geeks fail.

  • kathydobson

    Well Dan…you certainly don’t beat around the bush do you? But, I like your intense style…your passion comes through loud and clear.

    I think competition is the greatest thing in the world because it is definitely a driving force…otherwise there is danger that we become complacent with where we are at.

    Competition keeps our minds creating and makes us take action don’t you think? It also gets us focused on what our business needs.

    With an attitude like yours, no doubt your company will remain on “the top”…

    I am really looking forward to reading your book.

    $10,000 in one day! It’s time to be grateful I’d say ;)
    Kathy

  • kathydobson

    Well Dan…you certainly don’t beat around the bush do you? But, I like your intense style…your passion comes through loud and clear.

    I think competition is the greatest thing in the world because it is definitely a driving force…otherwise there is danger that we become complacent with where we are at.

    Competition keeps our minds creating and makes us take action don’t you think? It also gets us focused on what our business needs.

    Besides, if there is no competition then I would definitely question the demand of the product ;)

    With an attitude like yours, no doubt your company will remain on “the top”…

    I am really looking forward to reading your book.

    $10,000 in one day! It’s time to be grateful I’d say ;)
    Kathy

  • billbulloch

    Nice post Dan. I’ve been reading your stuff for a while, and I like your passion. You are one of the guys that convinced me to do some work with the Philippines and I am eager to see the first returns. Good luck with your quest, friend!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Hehe, you’re right. No actual ass kicking!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Agreed here Kathy, our customers deserve the best and our competitors keep us going. Grateful I am as well !

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks for that :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Boom is the operative term. :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks for saying hi Bill, interested to keep tabs on your progress in the Philippines. Best of luck to you as well.

  • Eugene

    Love this post.

    Especially the part about your team being better looking. : )

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Hey thanks Eugene !

  • http://thevceo.com Ian Borders

    Kickass post about kicking ass. You got me all fired up now. Fledgling markets definitely means money is being made. Every product I see or touch in my everyday life makes me think about how it can be better, what I can do to make the users experience top notch.

  • http://trainhornsdelivered.com Marc

    I’m a niche ecommerce guy and focus my time on seo. I love this post because it reminds me of one of my favorite motivation quotes

    If you dominate link aqustition with your niche you will dominate the rankings.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Love your site and product Marc. Very cool.

  • http://joelrunyon.com/two3 Joel Runyon | [BIT]

    I’ve bounced back and forth from this site for a few months, but I just found this post and it made me a fan. I got pumped just reading it. Well done dan! =)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Sweet! Thanks for saying so. I’ll try to cook up some more good stuff :)

  • http://joelrunyon.com/two3 Joel Runyon | [BIT]

    Looking forward to it

  • http://www.sharonogle.wordpress.com Sharon

    Wow. I think Sean is in good hands with the “Termimentor”…. :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Ha! Love it. I’m learning just as much from him.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Rock!

  • http://www.brettb.com/ Brett

    Nice post!

    First thing I did when I started my software company in 2002 was to download my competitor products. And made mine better.

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