2 Easy Steps to Identify a Potential Business Based on Your Passion

Step 1:

This is an easy and fun exercise.  Think about times when you felt really passionate about what you were doing or times when you felt really alive and happy when you were doing something.

After you’ve thought about this for a little while, write down three memories from your life that you felt passionate about.  For example, “I loved learning survival skills at summer camp.  I really enjoyed backpacking in the wilderness.  I love traveling and enjoyed our vacation in the tropics.”

Look for a common theme in these memories.  The examples above might mean you love adventure.

You have now identified a potential passion around which to build an entrepreneurial business.

Step 2.

The second exercise is a mission to gather facts about building a business around your passion.

Possible businesses/careers regarding adventure could include being a travel agent, leading guided tours, running a white water rafting business, fishing, teaching camping and backpacking skills or simply selling outdoor supplies and accessories.

Do research on the internet or at the library about being an adventurer.  Find out what sorts of businesses already exist around your passion.  Good sources of information can be found using Google, Safari, Bing, or any other major search engine.

You have now started thinking about being an entrepreneur and creating a business doing something you love and will be happy doing.

What common theme did you identify from your memories?

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Patricia Lynn - September 23, 2012

Great start on making a living doing what you love!
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    Julia - September 23, 2012

    Thank you for your comment Patricia. We need to help our young people learn these skills so they can create a happy, economically self-sufficient life in this day of very few jobs.

Debbie Dobbins - September 23, 2012

Very congruent way to start thinking about venturing into entrepreneurship. If more people would spend time just on this step, how much happier they would be and serve the world on a deeper level.

    Julia - September 24, 2012

    Thank you for your comment Debbie. It just really makes sense, doesn’t it? Years ago, before we became an industrialized nation and before the world because industrialized, most people were entrepreneurs, either doing what they loved, had a skill at, or filled a need in their community. I wonder if we are coming full circle back to that in some ways? Obviously, we aren’t going back and we’ll always have need for workers, but I think we are going to see more entrepreneurs create their own economic realities. We will serve our youth well if we help them develop this mindset so they choices.

Chef William - September 24, 2012

I would add to step one, What is it that you do, where you completely forget about time, forget to stop for meals, forget about sleep,and in general forget the world while doing it. It’s somewhat like reading a good book that you can not put down from start to finish. When it consumes you like that, you have found your passion. I believe you hit it on the head in your reply to Debbie Dobbins, we are coming full cycle to where everyone will need to be entrepreneurs because government and big business has pretty much told us that it’s a dog eat dog world in business and we’re on our own.
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    Julia - September 24, 2012

    What a great point Chef William. I will add to step one the question about what is that you do where you completely forget about time. . . Thank you for reminding me about that.

    And yes, I do believe we are coming full circle into the entrepreneur cycle. We are going to be depending more and more on the people that live in our community to supply goods and services.

    Thank you for leaving your comments.

Amy Putkonen - September 25, 2012

I think it is great what you are doing, Julia! I never thought about teaching younger people to try this out but they have the resources of time and no bills to pay so what a perfect thing! Keep up the great work!
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    Julia - September 25, 2012

    Thank you for your continued support Amy. I appreciate you very much. I’ve been teaching independent living skills to teenagers for years, this just seems like the natural next step for them.

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