People become self-employed for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s by choice, because they want a more flexible schedule, for example. Sometimes it’s out of necessity, because they’re out of work and unable to land a job. Sometimes it’s because they’re truly passionate about something.
The types of businesses they start are even more varied. They may choose to hang out their shingle to do the same type of work they did in their past employment, adopt an established model as offered by companies such as LegalShield or Send Out Cards, or do something entirely new and different.
None of these decisions are right or wrong, but it’s important to choose the path that’s right for you.
I’ve talked to a number of people over the years who clearly weren’t passionate about their business, but were doing it simply because it’s what they knew how to do. I’m sure there are thousands of people in that situation, and I can’t help but wonder about their chances for long-term success. If your business isn’t moving forward as you’d hoped, maybe you should look inside yourself and ask if you are truly living your passion.
Thinking about this recently reminded me of Allison Maslan’s book, Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality, which I read several years ago. Maslan based her book on the coaching program she developed after turning her own life around, both personally and professionally.
The first chapter provides an outline of the program and describes the tools you’ll use as you work towards your goals. The remaining chapters are each dedicated to a specific goal area, including career, relationship, health, and prosperity. This is a real time-saver, because you can choose to read only the chapters that pertain to your specific goals.
I do, however, recommend reading the whole book when you have the time, because it’s full of nuggets that you may find helpful, even in areas of your life where you generally feel satisfied. Some are real eye-openers, some may be difficult to accept, and others are simply reminders of things we already know but aren’t putting into practice for one reason or another.
What I liked best about Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality is that Maslan doesn’t simply tell you what to do. Instead, each chapter includes a series of practical exercises to help you identify the changes you want to implement and the steps you need to take to reach your ultimate goal. Furthermore, the exercises are unique for each chapter, and not just re-worded to suit the topic. A lot of people may resist doing the exercises because they require effort, but I’m a firm believer that the more you put into something, the more you’ll get out of it.
If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived?
Find your passion, whatever it may be.
Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.
~ T. Alan Armstrong
I absolutely love my work and am excited to start every day (well, most days…) but my business today has no resemblance to what I pictured when I first decided to do something to bring in a little extra money in my spare time. Fortunately, along the way I discovered my passion for web design and have been able to shape my business accordingly. That passion not only drives me to continue learning and growing and working, but has become a magnet that attracts clients to my business. After all, most people would rather deal with someone who is excited about what they do than with someone who just does it, right?
But life isn’t just about business, is it? I’ve been struggling for years to spend more time away from my desk. I’m doing much better lately, but am planning to re-read the chapter “Blast Off! to Adventure and Amusement” for some inspiration and a good kick in the butt.