Find Your Passion, Start Your Business!

This past weekend I spent time with my extended family in Northern Minnesota. We got to just hang out and relax, which was a very nice change. On Saturday I realized that I had been hearing the lawn mower running for a while.  When I asked who was doing the mowing, someone said that it was my nephew. It turns out that he loves to mow the lawn, and he is quite good at it!  He is extremely careful and detailed and he clearly enjoys the process.  Watching my nephew mow the lawn demonstrated a lot about how interests begin at a young age and how important it is to develop those interests over time. It was inspiring to see a nine year old really enjoy something that most adults just see as a chore.

This is a great illustration of how many businesses have been started in the past and how many are being started today. It all starts with an interest and a passion. Running a business can be difficult in itself, so the more you enjoy it, the higher your chances of success. A good test for whether you love your work or not is to ask yourself, “Would I still do this, and enjoy it, even if I wasn’t getting paid?”

The next step is to start. Starting can look different for some people, depending on your personality. You may be a planner which means you may begin by making a checklist and coming up with a business name. You may be more of a creative person and you will begin by designing a flyer to hand out as an advertisement. It could be that you are simply a doer and you will march down the street and knock on the first 10 doors you come to and ask for their business. The important thing is to start! You don’t have a business until you ask for the sale and actually get paid. All the planning and thinking are great, but the important thing is starting the mower, cutting the grass and collecting payment.

What are you passionate about? What inspires you? What could you teach other people? What activities or things do you really like? These are great questions to ask, because they are things that could make you successful. While not every interest can be turned into a business opportunity, many can and with a little creativity, you could design a business model around the thing that you love.

There are many resources out there that can help you get started or can inspire you to take the first step. Here are several that I recommend. Read one and let me know what you think!

48 Days to the Work You Love – Dan Miller

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

No More Dreaded Mondays – Dan Miller

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!