Finding your Passion
My entrepreneurial journey started a few decades ago. I wished I could tell you that I had more winnings than failures and that I’m writing these lines from a luxurious yacht, not from my sunroom. But no, I am not, and I had my share of failures in the past.
The worst setback I had was when back in early 2010, I was so fixated on becoming the next “mompreneur” that I started to live a lifestyle that was not mine. I went down the rabbit hole, registering for every class and workshop that appeared on my Facebook feed (Instagram was not a thing back then) and investing in ‘business models for moms who want to pursue their passion while being a role model’ just ending up losing half of my savings. Not to mention the big hit against my self-esteem after every project crashed and burnt.
Starting a business thinking only about money without a growth plan doesn’t serve a balanced life. Obsessing how successful you can be and how much you can make without a clear goal gets you in trouble.
I was so frustrated and confused. I followed every manual, used the templates, followed the prompts, and nothing. Despair, confusion, and a sense of worthlessness invaded my mind, so I shoved the “mompreneur” business model into a drawer and decided to write my thoughts away.
Many journaling activities later, I understood that I was never passionate about the mompreneur concept. I loved the idea of working from home and being my own boss; however, crafts are not my passion. And that, my friends, was one of the reasons I failed epically.
Finding your passion is one of the most important keys to success in life, and it is essential to establishing and growing a successful business.
The word passion, often overused, refers to a burning desire, intense interest, and sometimes emotional commitment. However, when it comes to success, passion is a mindset, a way of approaching life that keeps you motivated and propels you through the hard times. Passion gives you the desire to succeed.
There are no right or wrong ways to find your passion; start by thinking about what you love, which keeps you motivated. You might think you know your passion, but let your curiosity lead the way if you are unsure.
Make a list of all the things that make you happy and excited to get out of bed in the morning, the activities you enjoy doing the most, and topics you enjoy talking about.
Describe what makes you feel at your best, the more detailed, the better.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Fearless Passion: Find the courage to do what you love by Yong Kang Chan.
Find your passion, 25 questions you must ask yourself by Henri Junttila.
The Renaissance soul, how to make your passions your life by Margaret Lobenstine.
Finding your north star, claiming the life you were meant to live by Martha Beck.