Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. — Author Unknown
Choosing a business idea that you are not passionate about just because it is lucrative is acceptable as a short term plan. But the last thing you want is to invest your energy and resources into something you hate – which is what some of us have done in our day job.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman
Life has a way of driving the passion for life out of us: many people are too afraid to pursue their passion down the road of entrepreneurship. If you are reading this because you are looking for encouragement to start your business then you must feel that pursuing your passion is not an option it is a calling.
“To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.” – Jean Rostand
Loving an idea can be a risk-taking adventure. In launching a business, there are no promises and failure is a possibility. Still true entrepreneurs, when they find an idea they love, are willing to live in a place just past research and rationalism where there is no turning back.
“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The drive that you possess in developing a business idea is bold, noble, misunderstood and altogether powerful. Passion when tied to purpose is a great motivator that can spring you into action.
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” – Benjamin Franklin
Pursuing your entrepreneurial passion is like being is a race: you must choose to keep your eye on the finish line and refuse to look back. And it is your ability to apply reason or strategy that allows you to correct and guide your passion so that you don’t burn out too fast or get lost in the dust of others on the track.
“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” – Glade Byron Addams
Once you find a profitable idea aligned with your passion and purpose, run with it. The people you were meant to serve are waiting for you and only you to deliver your gift.
“Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” – Arthur Buddhold
Pursuing your passion allow you to move from a place of simply existing to a place of living. It may seem a little dangerous, but it also opens the door for your best success. The effort you put into pursuing your entrepreneurial passion always has a high ROI (return on investment).
“Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed.” – Charles Caleb Colton
Without discipline and consistent effort, starting a business is a bit like riding a bronco at a rodeo: the ride is thrilling, but short-lived. It’s the difference between a hobby that sucks your time and money but yields very little money and a profitable business that positions you to transition to full-time entrepreneur. Passion partnered with discipline always increases of your chances of winning the entrepreneurial race.
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