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How To Tap Into Your Passion

Love Your Work

Late to Bed,
Early to Rise,
Makes an Entrepreneur,
Happy, Cheerful & Nice!

What gets you so excited you can’t wait to begin working on it today?

Think about it while you read the rest of this post.

A few decades ago, I got married. It was barely two weeks later that my wife and I had our first serious argument.

The reason?

I kept my computer turned on, working late into the night, while she wanted to sleep… and couldn’t stand the disturbance of a flickering monitor screen!

Many years later, we’re still married and occasionally argue about things. The most frequent cause remains the same…

I still work late into the night on my interests!

What makes it worth doing for so many years? Through many acrimonious fights? At much personal hardship?

In a word –

PASSION

I love writing. I love the thought of my words touching many lives. I love that the profit from my labors helps little children live.

Because I love this so much, I’m up early in the morning, eager to write and stay awake late into the night, grabbing every opportunity to write.

Passion won through and this article you’re reading came about!

Your passion may be different.

Indeed, it would be rare to find two people who share exactly the same passions. But the reality is that everyone is passionate about something.

You probably are already aware of the things you’re passionate about. Or maybe you haven’t yet discovered it. When you identify your passion and align it with whatever you’re doing, a magical synergy happens that will effortlessly carry you to rarefied heights.

  • Work becomes joyous and pleasurable.
  • Hours fly by, unnoticed.
  • Tiredness and fatigue take the backseat as you power your way to greater achievements.

Yes, working on something you have passion for can be very rewarding.

So how do you tap into this powerhouse of energy lying dormant inside you and harness it to your business and career?

It may happen quite by accident and you’re lucky if it does. However, you can also approach your “passion research” as a structured process. I’m going to share that method with you here.

How To Identify Your Real Passion?

Everybody – including YOU – has something they love. Something they know very well and enjoy doing. Something that’s a hobby or a favorite pursuit.

  • Maybe it’s a technical skill like computer programming.
  • Maybe it’s an emotional issue like raising children with special needs.
  • Maybe it’s a day-to-day activity like cooking or gardening.
  • Maybe it’s something esoteric and exotic like searching for signs of alien intelligence.
  • Or a hobby like traveling, knitting, racing or yachting.

Regardless of what, you are passionate about something.

The good news, as an online business owner and entrepreneur, is that you can build an information empire around any topic or issue that you enjoy and love, that you like reading, talking and writing about.

You don’t have to be an expert. You don’t even have to know much about your topic. You just have to be enthusiastic about it.

Once you identify such a topic, your passion conveys itself to your audience. It sucks them into your vortex, gets them involved, and converts them into your loyal fans. In time, this audience will evolve into a community with a spirit and ethos of its own – that revolves around your passion.

So, let’s begin the exploratory adventure of finding your real passions.

Ready? Great. Let’s go.

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Your Brain Dump Exercise

Before beginning, I want you to repeat this sentence out loud – three times:

“Everything that happened in my life is worth money.”

Now go on and say it out loud.

Three times.

Done?

Do you believe it?

Well, you soon will!

Make sure you will not be disturbed for a reasonable length of time (maybe 30 minutes, or an hour). Sit down with a few sheets of paper and a pencil or pen.

On the first sheet of paper, make a list of your most important experiences, memories and skills. Start from early childhood and follow the events of your life sequentially.

  • What have you done?
  • What successes and failures did you experience?
  • Which ones taught you valuable lessons?

Anything that made an impact on your life could potentially be the one which hides your true passion within it.

For example, let’s say you watched a film star smoking cigarettes, and it led you to take up smoking as a teenager, until today you’re a chain smoker with bad lungs.

Would that make you want to stop this happening to other kids? Would you care enough to tell adults who smoke in front of children to do things differently? Maybe. If you felt particularly strong emotions about your current health, you may even be passionate about this mission.

So make your list.

Add everything to it that you remember as significant life events. In school and college, or later at a job or career. In your family, your community, and in society. As a son or daughter, a sibling, a parent, a grand-parent.

To make it easier to bring these to memory, you can break down your past experience by decade. For each phase in your life, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you consider your best skills, talents and learning experiences?
  • What specific things did you learn and become expert at?
  • What were your greatest failures that you later learned to overcome?
  • What are the lessons that you now consider most precious?

These questions are designed to get your brain charged and to jump-start your thinking. As you pick up steam, you’ll find your list growing bigger, faster.

Take as long as you need to make your list. Then, when you’re finished, go through each item and ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Does this topic interest and excite you?
2. Can you create useful content about this topic?
3. Do you know a lot about this topic?
4. Are you eager to share your knowledge and experience with others?
5. By sharing this, will you help many people?

At the end of this short, simple exercise, you’ll have a very short list – maybe only one thing remains on it. And it will be what you are passionate about!

It will be something you’ll wake up with the lark (early in the morning) for and that you’ll stay awake with the owl (late into the night) with… because you love doing it, reading, talking and writing about it, sharing it with the world.

When you find a way to tie that in with your business, you’ll enjoy everything you do along your entrepreneurial journey… for a long, long time to come.

But this doesn’t mean you can simply rush out and launch a business around your passion. There’s one more step to take before making that decision, and we’ll address it in another report soon.

What do you think about linking passion to your business and entrepreneur ventures? Share your thoughts and feedback about the “passion research” process in the comments below.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Download and read my ‘Passion Manifesto’ on ChangeThis.com – click here.

Passion Rules

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20 Top Personal Development Blogs For 2019 – Some Of Which You’ve Never Heard Before!

Where do you go to find inspiration?

Speaking for myself, I have a collection of favorite personal development blogs which regularly publish inspirational posts that I visit regularly.

Look, there are times when we all wind down. Grow weary. Get a little upset with things, people, and life itself.

Maybe we haven’t been sleeping well. Or have money worries. Or our relationships are going through a rough patch. Or there’s trouble at work. Whatever.

At times like this, it’s crucial to have sources that can inspire us along the journey we call life.

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Litter In My Backyard

my backyard

This is the view of my backyard from the window of a bedroom.

It’s where I stand, think and reflect on Life.

Yesterday I noticed how untidy it looked. Leaves littered the ground. There were rocks and debris in small mounds. Trees needed pruning.

Yet I did nothing about it.

In a strange, apparently unconnected leap of thought, my mind flashed to the dinner party last night.

It was fun. We met many nice people. Had a good time.

Yet a nagging discomfort has persisted ever since – and was what I now tried to get to the root of.

In the course of the evening, I had realized something about myself.

I did not possess the kind of animal magnetism that instantly makes one the center of attention in a crowd.

I lack a forceful personality that gets people’s notice and makes them remember you later.

I don’t excel in social graces and people skills that allow some people to be the heart and soul of a party, mingling smoothly and comfortably with a diverse and motley crowd.

And watching a few people at the party who possessed all of these, seeing how useful those skills and gifts were in a ‘power networking’ situation, made me reflect about how critical they were for success.

At anything.

It left me yearning to become like that.

The longing was short-lived.

Because as I thought it over, one thing became clear. Not having these skills ‘naturally’ meant I could only acquire them by long, hard practice.

Just as I had overcome, over many years, my innate shyness and diffidence, my inferiority complex and terror of speaking in public, my preference for solitude and being ‘behind the scenes’.

Those changes were necessary.

Without them, I would have seriously limited any impact I could hope to make. As a doctor. As a fundraiser. As a social entrepreneur.

So I bit the bullet and made them.

It was uncomfortable, scary, even painful.

But slowly, I changed.

Someone meeting me today would hardly know about the demons that had to be vanquished before I could smile confidently at them and shake their hand, get up on stage and make a presentation for my heart kids, or go out on a public forum or blog and state my mind.

I know, if I set my mind to it, I could make any change. Including the ones necessary to have more ‘social grace’.

But are these new changes really ‘necessary’?

Does everyone have to be a social super-star?

Is it a critical ingredient to success?

The perceived lack of these social and party skills has no doubt resulted in some limitations in what I’ve been able to accomplish.

I’ve not (yet) taken up Frank McKinney‘s open invitation to speak at one of his events – because, frankly, I’m not confident about doing it. (I actually felt too nervous about attending such a high flyer meeting that I offered my invitation to a friend instead!)

I’ve not explored certain avenues of fundraising that involve plenty of face to face contact with a large crowd of essentially unfamiliar people.

I’ve held back from making business or professional connections at seminars, events and conferences.

All this is the litter in the backyard of my mind.

Because it’s not very neat, I can’t enter my ‘home’ in a contest for the most beautiful garden. I don’t enjoy gazing at it – because it’s actually quite ugly. And feel a bit embarrassed about inviting people to look around it too.

But otherwise, it’s ok. I can live with it.

I haven’t ever thought about winning a prize for the prettiest home. I don’t have that much time or occasion to stare at or sit around the backyard for too long anyway. I don’t much care about having a showpiece to boast about to visitors and friends.

I can get along fine even with the clutter.

Because cleaning up – and keeping it clean – is hard work.

In the background of the picture is my neighbor’s backyard. He spends hours every week cleaning, burning and sprucing it all up.

Last month, he moved to a new home. Today, his garden shows inevitable signs of neglect and abandon.

The ‘cleaning up’ is never finished up and done with.

It must be repeated over and over.

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