4 Steps for Turning Your Passions Into a Career
Everyone thinks they’re an entrepreneur nowadays. About 95% of so called entrepreneurs however, are phonies.
To be an entrepreneur, you must give yourself fully to a project, risk failure, and invest some serious time. That’s the hard news. The good news, is that with the amount of technology we have access to today, even a toddler can become an entrepreneur of sorts. Have you seen the e-Trade commercials?
The popular dictionary Merriam-Webster writes this about an entrepreneur: A person who organizes, manages and assumes the financial risks of a business.
Let me start by rejecting that. You don’t need your own business at first, and you don’t need the finances. You don’t even need an iPad. However, if you’re a creative person, or hate having a boss, you owe it to yourself to try this life out. Here’s how I believe it’s done, in 4 pretty clear steps.
Step 1: Identify your life’s passion
The advice all successful entrepreneurs will tell you is this: if you’re not passionate about your stuff, it will sink like the titanic. And it probably won’t get that big before sinking, either. It’ll go virtually no where.
What do you LOVE doing?
What do you race home from work or class to do? If it’s something like video games, then you maybe ought to find a better hobby. Creating video games would obviously be fun, but it’s a bad option.
Whats your most rewarding activity, that really shows off your skills? For a coworker of mine, it’s baking. She brings in cupcakes to the office and they are literally gone before she’s sent her first email of the day. She experiements with new flavors, designs, and injects awesome flavors in the cupcakes. It’s a way of showing the world she’s skillful and creative.
Can she start a cupcake business? Only time will tell. This is a saturated niche, meaning lots have done it, and it’s to a point (here in New York City) where there are the big names, the copycat names, and those who just aren’t making it in the cupcake business. Lots of barriers to entry.
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