What determination means
Three years ago I’ve started building a Politics Map of Romania.
It tracks the activity of most active politicians, from election results, to parliamentary activity (if they are in the parliament), how they voted on things, presence in Parliament, to mentions in the press.
It’s probably my most stubborn project to date. I’ve worked on it for about a year and a half on weekends and nights. I’ve invested more time in this than in any other personal project.
Whenever I tell most people in Romania about it I am greeted with skepticism at best and with tales of how doomed this project is at worse. I have about 50 visitors per day on a good day. Almost nobody refers to it. The political bloggers in Romania don’t seem to use it.
And yet, against all odds, against all common sense, I have a deep belief that not only does this need to exist, but it’s important to exist. It’s so important that I need to work on it whenever I find some time to do it.
Whenever I work on it, I still do it with almost the same enthusiasm as when I started the project. I accept that I might be slightly crazy for believing in it so much, but I just can’t help it.
I think that’s what people mean when they talk about the determination of a startup founder.