Have you ever wondered why most – if not all – books have an acknowledgment page? Does it not seem odd that the authors would have to thank other people considering that they actually wrote the books themselves?
If you really think about it, books are the creations of the writers who produced them from their research or experiences. So, why the need to acknowledge other people?
It is because the final work could not have been made possible without the others who stood by the authors throughout the process.
Sure. The authors did the dirty work and wrote the actual books, but the contributions of the people around them – whether big or small – led to their success.
A cup of coffee brewed in the wee hours of the morning when the writer becomes too fatigued to even get up from his chair could go a long way. Even simply volunteering to sort the mail just to not disturb his creative process could make or break the whole project.
In fact, simply knowing that there are people who believe in your vision works wonders to your journey to the top.
Be the visionary that inspire others to follow
One of the most widely known brands today is Pixar. But, who would have guessed that this company flailed around helplessly years ago?
Fueled only with the passion of their leader, Ed Catmull, Pixar worked so hard in its early days to attract even just a smudge of attention from the bigwigs in the industry. Surprisingly, the then struggling startup refused to budge in their vision.
Despite the demands from bigger companies for them to just conform to the norm, Catmull and his team held on to their dream. They waited patiently and worked even harder to hopefully catch the attention of executives who would believe in their vision. Eventually, they did.
The involvement of Steve Jobs with Pixar catapulted the company to the top especially after the then Apple executive saw the burning passion of Catmull. More importantly, Jobs witnessed firsthand how the small company’s employees believed in their leader’s vision.
The consequences of passion
In his work with Pixar and eventually with Disney, Catmull has gained the reputation of being an extremely scrutinous leader. His determination to ensure that no details passes unnoticed made him one of the most highly respected and appreciated creative exec. Simply put, Catmull demands perfection in every endeavor.
Members of Catmull’s team focused on one other task after completing each project: Refinement.
Before they turn in their work, the entire team review the completed project and work on things to improve the outcome. At times, they go back to certain parts and revise these as long as they can still find ways to make them better. Although this may seem extremely tedious to many, this step sets apart the Pixar projects from the rest of those found in the industry.
The sheer insistence on focusing on quality and not just money has made Catmull’s team an unbeatable group nowadays. Due to their persistence and diligence on ensuring that no part of their work comes out subpar, their movies always come out on top and unforgettable.
For them, their obsession with the quality of their output stems from their desire to never disappoint their customers. That is, they care so much for their consumers that they only want the best for them at all costs.
Consciously or unconsciously, the group’s fixation to only release quality work has empowered their brand to be recognized as the leading company in the industry. Now, basically everyone associates the animated movies with Pixar.
In fact, if customers are out to buy their children a good film, most immediately zero in on Pixar and Disney films simply because these are guaranteed to be quality work.
What about you? Does passion play a big role in your company?
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