Everyone deserves the freedom and opportunity to follow their bliss and find their purpose in life. But how do you do it if you feel off track? This article is to help you with your inner game before you jump into entrepreneurship and starting a business.
If you don’t have your business aligned with your passions, purpose, and curiosity, you are going to be unfulfilled. Think about this: If your business is making a lot of money, but you’re unhappy, is that success?
Here’s the thing about success, it’s different for every single person in the world. You will never be successful if you aspire to live someone else’s life. You have to figure out what success means to you and you only. You cannot love yourself and judge yourself at the same time; the more we judge, the less we love. Understanding this is so important before starting a business because you will never be happy if you compare yourself or your business to others.
This is the beginning of creating your business around YOU and getting re-aligned with your purpose. I mean, after all, don’t we all just want to know what our sole purpose in life is? The sad truth is most people will never discover it, mainly because of fear, doubt, and embarrassment. So I am asking you, please, please, please do not fall victim to one of these cognitive biases. You truly have the power to create anything you want.
Remember, most of the things you’re afraid or embarrassed about, a ton of people in the world have also experienced it. So, you’re not alone and you’re not the only one who has felt those feelings before. Even heroes and great legends have those feelings too, but they also have the will and desire to persist.
We all love to win, but most people don’t understand their potential. Life is about the journey of being a hero. In fact, we should all strive to be heroes. Who says you can’t be a hero? Who says everyone in the world can’t be heroes? Who’s says you have to have the same “career” or “profession” your entire life?
I believe everyone should want a life they love rather than a job that pays well and is comfortable. You must step out of your comfort zone if you want to be an Entrepreneur. Capitalize on this NEW OPPORTUNITY to pursue your dreams and follow your curiosity. The only person you’re destined to become is the person you decide to be. Choose wisely.
SO, HERE’S HOW TO START…
Write down as many things you can think of that you like to do. Things that bring you joy and happiness. This should be at least 20 things.
Examples could include: playing an instrument, hiking, swimming, basketball, helping people, volunteering, investing, reading, video games, etc.. Don’t overthink it, just start writing down things that light you up or make you feel good when you’re doing them.
Now, number them 1-20(+). The order does not matter. Next, compare the first thing(1) you wrote with the second(2). Which one can you not live without? Which are you most passionate about? If it is 1, now you compare 1 to 3 and do the same thing. If you are more passionate about 3, compare 3 to 4 and so on until you go through the whole list the first time through. Now you have your #1 passion. Do the process again but this time take out the one you have already chosen. Repeat this 5 times so you have 5 ultimate passions at the end.
If you’re having trouble with this exercise, you can just select 5 things you wrote down that feel right at this moment. The goal here is to get the top 5 things you are passionate about.
Once you have your top 5, for example…
1. Spending time with family.
2. Hiking and being in nature.
3. Assisting people to live better lives.
4. Working out and healthy living.
So maybe you could be a fitness trainer and nutritionist that takes people on retreats around the world and helps them get fit and healthy in fun, adventurous and unique ways. And THAT provides the money and lifestyle to spend a lot of time with your family or even bring them with you. You want to think of a way to integrate as many passions into your business and life as possible. If you only having a business focused one passion you will get bored and that will not stay a passion for long. The key is to keep following your curiosity while integrating as many passions into your lifestyle as possible.
You should now have your Top 5 Passions from the Passion Test. Now, look at these 5 Passions. Can any of them be turned into an actual business? Can you start a company with one of these topics? Is there a large enough audience?
For example, if one of your passions is golf then that’s definitely something you can create a company from because there are a ton of people that like golf. But, if one of your passions is hanging out with friends, this isn’t something you could create a business from.
Once you narrow down your Passions that are in viable Business Industries, you may have 1 that stands out or even 5 that could all be businesses. Regardless, now you want to look at the different business models in these industries. Going back to the golf example, you could do a variety of businesses in the Golf Industry. So, you want to pick something that also aligns with your other passions.
For example, you can start a golf magazine, podcast, blog, Youtube channel, sell golf merchandise, create a golf brand, or create golf products. If you enjoy writing and creating content then maybe you should go the magazine, podcast, blog or youtube channel route but if you enjoying designing and creating things maybe you should look into starting a brand, selling golf products or an E-commerce store.
Business Models that can be started in one day include but are not limited to: E-Commerce/Online Store, Blog, Podcast, Youtube Channel, Music, Art, Consulting, Virtual Assistant, Magazine, Social Media Manager, Website Creator/Manager, SEO Manager, Freelancer, Writer, Real Estate, Stock Investing, Forex Investing, Affiliate Marketing, Sales, Apps, Influencer, and Coach/Trainer.
You can do these first 2 exercises over and over again. They will change from the first time you do them so if nothing seems really aligned and true, I would suggest starting over with the Passion Test. You’ll think of new passions over time that you didn’t write down the first time.
Here’s the bottom line when you’re picking your business industry and model. Ask yourself, “Am I doing something useful for other people?” A company is a group of people that creates a product or service and should only exist if that product or service is truly useful to its users.
Act like you’re the customer. What do you really want as a product or service? That’s what you should really be thinking about.
Hope this helped you get on your way, if you want the rest the steps to starting a business go to www.startabusinessinoneday.com or reach out to me at [email protected]