‘Make something people want’ vs ‘Do what you love’

December 24, 2012 9:12 am

Two extracts from PG’s essays:

“About a month after we started Y Combinator we came up with the phrase that became our motto: Make something people want. We’ve learned a lot since then, but if I were choosing now that’s still the one I’d pick.” Source

“To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.

…Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it. If you know you can love work, you’re in the home stretch, and if you know what work you love, you’re practically there.” Source

But the reality is this: the market does not care about what you love. And if you decide on what you love based on what the market wants, you are deciding it wrong.

‘Make something people want’ and ‘Do what you love’ – How do you get both?

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