Passion is the word used by the Venture Capital community to describe a founder's essential emotional ingredient for a successful startup. Other words can be used, such as obsession, commitment, enthusiasm, etc. They all energize success. 

Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
Og Mandino

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  1. "Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world.
    It beats money and power and influence.
    It is no more or less than faith in action."
    - Henry Chester

  2. "There's only one way to succeed in anything
    and that is to give everything."
    - Vince Lombardi