A Little Outrage Can Take You a Long Way

This is part of the series “Creating Something From Nothing“. A highlight of the challenges and benefits of doing a start up and views on how to tap into undervalued and under served markets.

I found this essay by Cecilia Munoz to be inspiring. She touches upon something that  could be dangerous if only the negative part of it is played: Outrage.

But many times outrage can be the inspiration you need to get something done. Michael Arrington was outraged at the level of coverage and criticism that start ups were getting so he started TechCrunch.  Another great example is Aaron Patzer and Mint.com. He saw an under served and underdeveloped market that needed a big dose of practical innovation and hard work.

Here is an excerpt that summarizes the good use of outrage and how she fills the hollow it leaves within.

I am deeply familiar with that hollow place that outrage carves in your soul. I’ve fed off of it to sustain my work for many years. But it hasn’t eaten me away completely, maybe because the hollow place gets filled with other, more powerful things like compassion, faith, family, music, the goodness of people around me. These things fill me up and temper my outrage with a deep sense of gratitude that I have the privilege of doing my small part to make things better.

To read the full article please view A little outrage can take you a long way for the full transcript and the audio recording of Cecilia reading her essay.


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