You may already know what you want to do to change the world and make money, but what if you don’t know? Apply these 3 criteria to decide:
- What you like (or would like to know) — your passion
- What you are good at (or know) — your skill
- What there’s a need for in society — the market
Why you should follow your passion
In this post, I’ll discuss why you should follow your passion, but why that isn’t enough in itself.
When you do what you like, you have more energy. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. When you’re bored or uninterested, it’s hard to continue to work. You may even feel tired. But as soon as you switch to doing something you love, you suddenly get a second wind.
You should do what you love because:
- You’ll have more energy to do what you need to do
- You’ll be inspired to find solutions to obstacles
- You’ll get better results when you do what you enjoy
Why your passion isn’t enough
It’s possible to love something that you aren’t good at. It’s frustrating and sad when this happens, but sometimes it does. Here are some examples I’ve seen myself, not all related to business:
- A person who loves marketing but isn’t good at it
- A person who loves singing but isn’t good at it (many people who try out for American Idol) — or art or sports
- A person who loves teaching but isn’t good at it
- A person who loves computers and never becomes very computer literate
If you’ve tried to do something over and over and you haven’t succeeded, maybe it’s not right for you.
You may have read or heard Internet marketing gurus tell you that if you only buy their course, you’ll make lots of money. If you only follow the same steps that they took, you’ll be successful, too.
By now, you probably know that that isn’t true. You’ve seen it in your own life or in the life of someone you know. Not everyone will succeed at everything.
In Part II, I’ll talk more about why you should do what you’re good at. But for now you should know that passion isn’t everything. It’s just one component to consider when you decide what to do with your life and what business to pursue.
What else can go wrong?
We all have weaknesses that can hold us back. Some examples are:
- Poor time management skills
- Lack of knowledge and/or understanding
- Bad luck?
If you find yourself afraid to move forward or procrastinating, coaching can help you deal with these issues. The same is true when you can’t find the time to do what you want to do.
You can deal with lack of knowledge by reading a book or taking a course.
Bad luck? This is a controversial topic. Another way to put this is the law of karma, or “as you sow, so shall you reap.” Your past actions can affect your success in the present.
All is not lost!
If you aren’t succeeding at something you love, that doesn’t mean you should stop! Just don’t depend on it to make money. Maybe the present isn’t the right time and you’ll succeed in the future. You can certainly continue to pursue your passion as a part-time avocation or hobby. In fact, you should. Doing what you’re passionate about will bring you happiness and that is an important goal in and of itself.