To succeed in life or business, you do not necessarily need to follow your passion; you need to concentrate on what you do best instead. Everyone of us is born with lots of passions and we love many things or dream of doing lots of stuff, so why not investing in our biggest passion?
During the 70’s there was an idea surfacing that following your passion will lead you to success so many people followed. In the latter years people started to reach a conclusion to that advice and that is not always positive. It seems that by following you passion for success has less linking to education, skills or experience, therefore passionate people could run into big issues in their way to convert their passion into profitable businesses.
Basically the reason not to follow your passion is that you can be very passionate about one thing, but do not be necessary very skilled at or able to really master it. One example: you're crazy about music, love singing songs but your voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Of course you could sell or produce music but I hope you got my point.
The idea that I want to introduce here is that of course if you are passionate about something and are also able to master that thing than you should definitely trigger that. Unfortunately not all of us can match the passion with the skill, so in that case you need to concentrate on the one thing that you can do best and become passionate about it. That skill that you master is where you are the authority at and where you need to concentrate on to reach success.
The conclusion: do not do what you love, learn to love what you do instead.
Another argument to sustain this idea is that people really cannot handle passions like businesses because they are simply too attached to them and miss being pragmatic. Or because people enjoy the things they love but hate the work that surrounds that passion. On the other hand if you have a skill, and that is easily found anyhow, then you can start right away to invest in it. And that what you usually invest first is time, the only thing which you cannot own so you need to plan it very carefully. On the other hand, with a passion, time does not play such an important role and that would end up being bad for your success.
So how do you transform a skill into your business?
First you need to identify that skill. Just look at what you do best, what you master or that at what you are an authority on. See, for example, the reason why the people at work are coming to you for help or for what your friends ask your support for. Now you need to see if that skill solves a problem, or brings something new into a popular or, even better, rare area (market). It is very important that your chosen skill solves an issue.
Next thing to do is to concentrate on becoming as good as possible with that skill by investing hard work on developing it. Read books, practice a lot, become a master of that skill, find ways to measure your success and “jump into it” by going out of your conform zone. After you reach that level you’ll also start to enjoy it and if you enjoy doing something then there is a good chance to become passionate about it. There is just a small step from this point to transform that skill into something that will make you proud doing and that is something that you’ll also love.
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