Kevin Rose, founder of the wildly popular website Digg.com , is up $60 million today because of three things he did long ago.
First he escaped from the pukies who ridiculed him for loving what he loved. Next he found his soul mates.
“His computer love affair drew scorn from schoolkids so Rose transferred to a public vo-tech in 1993 to study computers and animation. “It was a chance to be with other nerds,” he says. (Business Week story here.)
Finally, he developed his passion around others just like him.
Neurologist Richard Restak offers this advice:
“If you want to accomplish something that demands determination and endurance, try to surround yourself with people possessing these qualities. And try to limit the time you spend with people given to pessimism and expressions of futility. Unfortunately, negative emotions exert a more powerful effect in social situations than positive ones, thanks to the phenomena of emotional contagion.”