Doing something you love will make you work harder at it, but that alone doesn’t mean you have a good business. Hard work, ultimately, has to meet with the right opportunities, and that’s where entrepreneurial spirit can come in, allowing passion to meet real business sense.
Here are 5 ingredients for doing what you love:
1. Treat goals like recipes – take it one step at a time!
It’s easy to get mired in the day-to-day, and though you may be doing something you love broadly speaking, that doesn’t mean you will love it all the time. Segmenting my goals and having a clear vision has allowed me to stay calm and focused on the process. Keep your ultimate objectives in mind, but try to appreciate and not look past where you are today. I often remind myself that I’m always learning and getting a little closer to my dream.
2. Get to know the people who came before you – do your research!
Research successful people in your niche. Try to better understand the landscape as well as the successes and mistakes these people made. Don’t expect to take their exact path, but in doing this research, you will gain an understanding of what went into their level of achievement.
3. Always have something to offer.
Taking a little more time to build trust and having something to offer helps open people up more. If you are helping people and making their lives easier, they are more likely to help you in the long run.
4. Seek help from those who do it better than you can.
Use your network and resources thoughtfully. If you don’t have a skill, you likely know someone who does. For example, if I wanted to photograph the recipes for a book myself, I would: buy a great camera, and reach out to a talented photographer and friend who would be willing to teach me (prepare yourself for trial and error!).
5. Prepare to be uncomfortable, both physically and mentally.
Some of the greatest lessons and most gratifying experiences have come from times when I wasn’t entirely comfortable with what I was doing. It just goes to show: When you’re pushed, you push back! Rise to the occasion because success might be waiting around the corner for you.
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