From the Editor

Michael Sliwinski — №20 with Joost Wouters

I turned 35 on May 20th. I wanted to make this day special. I wanted to do something unusual and positive. In the spur of the moment, I decided to search for my long-forgotten unfinished book on passion I had started to write a couple of years ago. I got to reading it and found out it was more than two thirds written. It was time to finish it up. I set down for two days straight and completed it. As it was right before my birthday, and I felt someone should get a present, I decided to give this book to everyone for free.

In the book I share my personal story of seven types of passion I discovered from over seven years of running Nozbe. I try to prove that once you find out what turns you on, what adds sense to what you are doing, everything is easier — the obstacles are less terrifying, and stress and fatigue seem to be far away. I hope that this book inspires you to continue, or maybe just begin, your journey towards a passionate life.

7 types of passion

Throughout my professional career, I have discovered that there is not just one thing I am crazy about that lets me work, improve, fight the obstacles, and succeed. There is a whole range of passions that motivate me and help me go on and get up every day with excitement: passion for the money and the possibilities it offers (not to be confused with greed), passion for the solution, for building a product, improving my industry, growing as a person and leader, and passion for helping others and interacting with other passionate people.

I describe and analyze these seven types of passion throughout my book. These passions are related to each other and actually grow from one to another, but they are all there. All of them are unique in their own way and make my life richer and more fulfilling.

Passionate people from all over the world

Over the years of running my business, I have met lots of passionate people who have inspired me to do what I do and who helped me shape my personality with their passion. Some I know personally. Others, I simply follow online. Yet they all shape me as a human being, and their passion influences me. I am always looking for these types of people in the crowd and try to get closer to them. Passion is contagious. Interacting with passionate people makes you feel much better and stronger.


I would love it if both my book and Productive! Magazine helped you on your own way to a passionate life. In this issue of our monthly magazine, you will read fantastic articles by amazing people whose aim is to show you how to manage your time and projects in order to gain an extra day or two. You can do anything you want with these spare minutes or hours. It would be perfect if you spent this time either on what you are passionate about or on looking for your passion, if you haven’t found it yet.

What are your passions? Maybe I can help you in some way! E-mail me at

Meet the team

Productive! Magazine team is also made up of a bunch of passionate people. I’d like to thank them for being here and for helping me deliver this magazine to you. Feel free to contact us and share your thoughts and impressions. We would be delighted to hear from you!

Execution: Magda Błaszczyk
Editing: James Tonn, Emily Derr
Design: Radek Kozieł
Technology: Radek Pietruszewski and Tomasz Kapelak
Video editing: Rafał Meszka
Vision (that’s me!): Michael Sliwinski

Michael sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski is the editor of the Productive! Magazine, the founder of Nozbe (a time and project management application for busy professionals), and the best-selling author of the #iPadOnly book.

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