No matter who you listen to, or what you read, the answer to starting a business, or online presence, is to follow your passion. In fact just the other day I was reminded of a quote, “follow your passion and the money will follow.”
But, and that’s a big BUT, how does one find their passion?
I’ve been in the online world now for over 18 years. I just did the math on that to double check, and I had started in 1994 in high school, so yes – it’s been 18 years of web design. During that time I’ve dabbled in many things, always looking for “the next best thing” or any way to really actually make money online.
I’ve read several blogs out there from Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income, to the Internet Business Mastery (I’m actually a charter member of the academy) and so many other ones. I’ve read Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek, am currently going through Crush It from Gary Vaynerchuk and have Platform by Michael Hyatt sitting on the shelf waiting for a read too. The message throughout them all so far has been consistent; follow your passion.
It’s honestly the first step they talk about, and it’s why I essentially “give up” on the process. I haven’t found my passion yet. Yes, I run one of the best Winnipeg Jets fan sites on the web – in conjunction with my cousin and a number of other contributors. Yes, we do a weekly Winnipeg Jets podcast that has given me some great exposure and experience. Yet, I’m still trying to find my passion.
There’s no shortage of ideas and projects in my head, yet they all sit in the same status; in progress.
I suspect it’s because I lack a certain passion, drive and intensity. I want to find it. I know that I really do want the freedom that comes with having a successful online venture – the freedom of time, location and money. Yet for some reason, I still sit around and don’t take action.
I’m definitely looking to find my passion, and I really hope to find it soon. I’ve got a great job, don’t get me wrong. The pay is awesome, the hours and flexibility are great and the stress is minimal. There just seems to be something inside telling me I can do more. It’s a funny feeling, like I’m sitting on the edge of something big and I just don’t know it yet.
Most people will tell you, as they’ve told me, to focus on one thing. I just can’t seem to do that. The other day I heard a podcast from Natalie Sisson at The Suitcase Entrepreneur about being a multipotentialite. Suddenly I realized that there are other people out there like me.
Yet it still hasn’t clicked.
I still haven’t determined what that passion is. I love to teach people, feel like I’m doing some good, have a measurable conversion (like a sale) and love marketing and always testing and strategizing about things – different things all over the map. Oh right, and I love to travel. I’ve loved pretending to be a radio personality ever since I was a kid. Podcasting has definitely help with that, yet I feel like I can offer more.
If I’m being brutally honest, which I need to be, I like being the center of attention and providing influence, but I want to do that in a connected way.
As you can see, I’m still trying to find my passion. I really wish there was a simple checklist to find your passion, but I’ve yet to find one.
Help me please!
If you know me, what would you say I’m passionate about? If you don’t know me, then how can I find my passion? How did you find yours – or have you found it yet? I’d love to know, and thank you in advance for your comments and joining me on this journey.