the first ingredient for a successful side project – passion

When building a side project outside of work hours, fatigue will set in sooner or later, possibly accompanied by the urge to abandon your plans. Working on a project you’re passionate about will push back this point - possibly forever.

the first ingredient for a successful side project – passion

I spent a long time trying to find out what I loved doing. During that time, I tried out many jobs. I worked in hotels, helped with European funds, did advertising, carpentry, and managed marketing.

Here’s a description of the method that helped me to come up with the idea of creating an educational robot.


List all your past activities, dividing them into the following categories:

List as many of your past activities as possible, including hobbies, volunteer work, student internships, and other non-paid activities.


From the list you’ve prepared, strike out activities based on the following criteria:


Plot the remaining activities on a Venn diagram of three intersecting circles.


Looking at the diagram, try to uncover a theme that intersects all three spheres - this will be the perfect industry for your side project! You can also use the help of AI, using the prompt below for GPT.

You're a career advisor. Here are my past activities divided into three groups: what I like to do, what I can do, and what others are willing to pay me for. Suggest five side project ideas (startups built outside of work hours) where I can use the knowledge and skills from as many of the topics provided.

What I like to do:
- DIY (designing new things)
- Electronics
- Programming
What I can do:
- DIY (designing new things)
- Marketing
What others are willing to pay for:
- Electronics
- Programming


Be sure to share the discovered theme of your side project – for example in social media.