Are you still struggling to find your passion? Have you considered that what you love to do might be different to something you enjoy spending your time doing that can make you money? Could it be that a disconnect between passion and business is healthy after all? Challenge convention. Read on.
There is a meme in the personal development, lifestyle design, make money online blogging world that discusses finding your passion so that you can make money from it. But what if you don’t need to ‘find your passion’ to find something you can make a living out of that you enjoy doing? Sure enough, people really struggle with finding their passions citing a lack of focus, interests or completely the opposite – too many to choose from. Often the advice is that you are not moving forward because of fear.
This so-called fear to move forward, I think, is driven essentially out of people’s belief that they need a passion to monetize in some way. Well I call false on the concept of finding your passion to make money from and here is why.
Show Me The Money
My passion is to travel. But I have no intention of monetizing it (aside from maybe becoming a Top Gear presenter). I’ve tried. For example, despite the low pay scale, I had a short-lived foray in to travel writing. I did not enjoy it. My passion is too travel, not to write about it. The best way for me to indulge in my passion is to do it. To plan for it and to execute it. Maybe you could become a travel agent you say. No, this is quite simply turning a passion in to a day job – not a trait of the world’s best lifestyle designer.
Passion v Maintained Interest
Instead of thinking that you have to find a passion, how about finding something that you care about enough and interests you enough for you to make it in to a viable business. Sure you can be ‘passionate’ about this, but really your ultimate goal is to fund doing what you love through the most effective route. For example, after university I went the classic route of finding a career and I went in to IT project management because I have an interest in it, but also because it was the best way for me to earn a high salary without having to spend a lot of time and money training to be a doctor, lawyer or accountant. This is an effective approach to making money – minimum input for maximum output.
I think therefore that there is a disconnect between a monetizable interest and your passion. Putting passion up on such a pedestal and making it the be all and end all can, for high achievers and wannabe lifestyle designers, be a highly stressful journey.
I think that people are either stuck trying to find the thing they want to do or they have too many things that they want to do (my problem) and they can’t narrow it down to what it is they truly want to pursue in life. Your interest should keep you sufficiently motivated to make enough money to fund the pursuit of your passion (which is the thing you want to be doing the majority of your time).
Think about Bill Gates. He is quite interested in computers but he has discovered that his passion is helping others through his foundation. His main interest (day job) has funded his passion.
Many Interests. Get Specific?
I suspect that most people, in the classic over-achiever category, have more than one interest. The key is identifying what you would like to spend all your time doing versus what can maintain your interest enough to make money from it. Play to your strengths that enable you to fund you passion. Ultimately most people’s passion will be to be true to themselves and do what they want to do each day. How they fund that might be the key element and missing link in truly discovering monetizable revenue streams to make dreams become reality. Perhaps this is the true formula for successful lifestyle design.
I know that the pressure to find a passion is something that I have struggled with in the past. This post is not for people who have found something that makes them money and they truly want to do. Something that you would do for free, without being paid. Of course it is possible to find this but I think that the people who actually get to this point are very few and far between. Stop putting the pressure on yourself and try and find something more relevant and useful for you to do to enable you to pursue your dreams. Find your driving interest.
Actions to take now:
- Stop worrying about how to find your passion – whatever that may be.
- Instead start noticing what interests you, and ask how you could turn this in to an income generating asset.
- Don’t beat yourself up about what you need to do with your life, just focus on finding something meaningful for now that will reach your medium term goals.
- Accept that your passion and what you do to for your independent business may be different, or only loosely related.
- Play to your strengths.
What do you think? Do you struggle with the concept of passion? Has it got you frustrated? Have you found and do you believe in what your passion is? How can I help you further?
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