Thursday, May 22

✔ People who contributed to my free book: "It's all about Passion" - some really inspiring quotes

Yesterday was a big day. 35th birthday and release of my free book for you all to enjoy. I hope you've accepted my birthday gift and downloaded the book. Today I updated the book's web site and added the "Table of Contents" to the site with the most memorable and tweetable quotes. While doing that I added quotes from all of the contributors to my book.

You see, last Thursday I emailed a bunch of my online friends, people I admire. I sent them an invitation to contribute to my book. It was really last minute... but so many of them did reply and sent fantastic quotes my way. Here are the best ones, and feel free to share them on Twitter if you like (just click on the birdie icon below the quote you like). Most quotes are longer than 140 characters so get the book to read them in full:

My friends who contributed to my book directly - Tweetable quotes:

David Allen: "Passion is a symptom of your engagement with anything into which you are fully immersed."

Michael Hyatt: "You'll find your calling at intersection of: Passion, Proficiency & Profitability."

Tuesday, May 20

✔ Today I turn 35. I've got a gift for you. My new book: "It's all about Passion"

Today is my 35th birthday and following the path of one of my favorite bloggers, Leo Babauta I decided to give you gift - a free book: "It's all about Passion! How 7 types of passion helped me achieve success with my productivity startup". I hope you'll love reading it and it'll inspire you to find passions in your life.

It's all about Passion

There are 7 types of passion that helped me achieve success:

  • Passion for the Money
  • Passion for the Solution
  • Passion for the Product
  • Passion for the Industry
  • Passion for Growth
  • Passion to Help
  • Passion for Synergies

As you undoubtedly noticed, these types of passion are related to each other and actually grow from one to another... but they are all there. All of them are different and unique in their own way and make your life richer and more fulfilling. There are no shortcuts, it takes time to go through all of these phases and after you've uncovered them all, your journey gets even more interesting. And as they say, "the journey is the ultimate destination".

Click to get the book in MOBI, ePub or PDF

Additional bonus - a video interview with me

Today also I'm airing for the first time an interview with me about my story, my path, my passions, it's only 20 minutes and it relates perfectly to the book:

The book starts with my story from way back in 2000

The fall of 2000 in Germany was chilly, but it wasn’t unbearable. I showed up a few weeks before the new college year started to get to know my new school, new dorm and new city. There I was, a day-long drive away from my home town in Poland, excited to be able to continue my management studies abroad. Just that summer, right before the big move, I finally earned enough money to buy my first laptop computer - a 266 MHz Pentium II Compaq Armada. With my new PC, a German dictionary and lots of hopes and dreams, I was ready to start my new adventure and learn new things at this foreign university...

Click to get the book in MOBI, ePub or PDF

Many folks contributed to this book

In the book I included quotes by David Allen, Guy Kawasaki, MG Siegler, Fred Wilson, David Sparks, Michael Bungay Stanier, Ryan Carson, David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried, Al Pittampali, Alexis Ohanian, Tim Ferriss, Steve Pavlina, Neil Patel, Leo Babauta, Stever Robbins, Michael Hyatt, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Graham Allcott, Brian Tracy, Scott Belsky, Chris Brogan, Mike McDerment, Matt Mullenweg, Jason Womack, Michal Szafranski, Grzegorz Marczak, Maciek Budzich, Augusto Pinaud, Victor Mazur, Simon Grabowski and others. Special thanks to all these folks who sent me their quotes and stories right away despite of a very short notice. Thanks everyone for all that you do!

David Allen, my GTD guru sent me this quote:

“Passion is not something you go after as an end in itself. It's rather a symptom of your engagement with anything into which you are fully immersed. It's also not something you usually know you have. Others notice your full involvement with something and they call it ‘passion’. I just call it doing what I feel like doing.” - David Allen, the originator of Getting Things Done

Question: How did you like my book?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Productivity as a body: Diet and Exercise - TEDxVolcano

Have you ever tried to personalize your productivity? I see it as a perfect body - here's my complete 12 min. presentation on TEDxVolcano (TEDxWulkan) - an independent TED event:
How do you see your productivity? :-)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sebastian Vettel of F1 - sport fails to inspire when talent is mixed with no integrity

Yesterday, as every other Sunday afternoon I spent watching Formula 1 GP race admiring the fastest vehicles on earth racing for the GP of Turkey and of course cheering for some of my favorite drivers, among them the only Polish driver - Robert Kubica - who finished 6th. However the race was all about two drivers of the leading Red Bull Racing Team: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Racing incidents do happen all of the time in Formula 1

These guys are driving at speeds close to 200 mph and drive ~60 laps (~2 hours) with adrenaline at the highest level possible, so accidents and incidents do happen. Cars fail, people fail and things do go wrong. But it's not about not making mistakes. It's all about dealing with mistakes and showing true sports spirit and real integrity.

Ramming into Teammate and later saying that "it wasn't my fault" is not cool

Sebastian Vettel was following his teammate and at one of the corners achieved a higher speed and decided to overtake M.Webber. He was faster, but not fast enough and when they were approaching next corner at full speed, Vettel, noticing he's not going to make the full overtake, instead of slowing down, rammed into his teammate trying to force him to make him place. Well, they collided and Mr Vettel didn't finish his race and both leading drivers lost their chance at winning the race.

Later, after the race, Mark Webber, although very annoyed, just said Vettel turned too quickly and this happens... and Vettel said it wasn't his fault and that Mark Webber was supposed to make place for him.

Are you serious Mr Vettel? Do you really want people to believe that? Why would Mark have to make place for you? Weren't you both guys racing? If you're overtaking it's your responsibility to find place to overtake... and Webber didn't change his route - he was just driving forward.

Not the first time - last year's GP Australia Vettel rammed into Robert Kubica with vengeance

Last year Sebastian Vettel did a very similar thing. This time he was being overtaken by a lot faster Robert Kubica during the finishing laps of GP Australia. Robert was faster and was overtaking and was driving his lane and Vettel knew he was too slow to defend his place and what did he do? He rammed into Kubica and both didn't finish the race. Not nice. Not cool. Definitely not fair play.

Later he said - "I'm sorry team, but it wasn't my fault". He wasn't to blame for him crashing at his opponent. Luckily the stewards (refrees in F1) noticed that it really was his fault and he got a penalty.

Being a F1 driver makes you a role model for many. What example do you want to give?

The problem I'm having with such a behavior is the fact that Mr Vettel is currently the most promising and definitely most talented German driver. They even call him "little Schumi" (as of Michael Schumacher junior). There are many boys watching him race, listening to his interviews and following his footsteps. He's a role model to many.

Sport is supposed to inspire people. Is supposed to show we can be great athletes and achieve great success. With real spirit of competition and integrity. Sebastian Vettel is young and is very talented. Sadly his talent doesn't come bundled with integrity. He's showing that he wants to win no matter what. No matter ethics, no matter integrity. Win is all that counts and if takes casualties, it's OK.

Is this an example we should be showing to our children? Winning no matter what?

Great we still have examples like Adam Malysz, sportsmen with true integrity and spirit.

Shame on you Mr Vettel - hope young German drivers will still learn fair play from bad examples like yourself.

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

TEDx event - passion is all around us... and so the feeling grows

Last Friday I went to a local TEDx event. "X" stands for the independent TED event, and if you don't know what TED is, check out their web site and watch some cool and inspiring videos of some global leaders talking about their passions. The event lasted an entire day... and it was a blast!


Great way to spend a day

I was very skeptical about the event. If you watch TED videos, the presentations there are almost always top-notch and it was hard for me not to have high expectations for our local TED event... and on the other hand doubt that for an entire day of speakers, not everyone will be that great.

Passion was all around us...

My high expectations were met. Of course there were better and a little "less good" speakers, but overall everyone was prepared and was talking about their passion, their ideas and global as well as local problems and issues. For a guy who's mainly going to tech-only conferences, it was a refreshing change.

Passion is infectious

It really is. My GTD notetaker wallet was full of notes after the whole day. The passion coming from speakers resulted in my brain working overtime... I could relate what they were saying to my work, my ideas, my industry... I had new ideas attacking me from all over the place... It was exhausting... and inspiring. And I learned a lot about stuff I normally knew nothing about.

Can't wait for next TEDx event

When the next event is coming, I'm definitely attending. It's worth it. Processing all of my notes from this event took me more than two hours... and I'm normally processing my inbox really quickly. The videos from this event are online now, so I can refer to them again. Cool.

Question: Have you ever been to a TEDx event? Or better yet, a TED event? Did you feel inspired?

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year's Resolutions for 2010 - GTD style :-)

This is my first video in 2010 and I have a new resolution to make it a habit of posting at least one video every two weeks. Over the Xmas season I've gathered a bunch of ideas for videos and this is the first major one:
Question: How do you "Get Resolutions Done"? What's your secret? What are your resolutions for this year?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Early Risers Get Things Done

After a long break here's the next video show brought to you by yours truly. I'll try to make my next attempt at creating these videos more regularly, preferably weekly. I may succeed this time since I've been waking up every day at 5 am for the past 3 weeks. Here's how I do it:
I'd like to thank Leo Babauta and Steve Pavlina for their inspiration. Question: Are you waking up early? What time? Have you ever tried to become an early riser?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Areas of Constant Improvement - not just focus.

Continuing my thoughts after my "Passion - the ultimate productivity driver" video, here's the sequel where I'm questioning whether we should be having "areas of focus" or areas of constant improvement - and why this small name change motivates me to keep on moving forward.
Question: What are your areas of focus/constant improvement? Where do you improve yourself at home/work?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Passion - the ultimate productivity driver

Live with Passion! This is what I heard every time after a lesson on the tape by Tony Robbins... and the first time I thought it was just over-hyped, over-the-top sentence... but when I did my weekly review I realized the passion is the most important ingredient in my productivity workflow... What do you think?
Question: What are you passionate about? What's your passion? What drives you to do what you do? Do you feel you lack passion somewhere in your life?