Every so often, I’ll meet with a client looking to do something else with their life. Something more than their regular job.
The first and most important thing I’ll ask is, “what are you passionate about?” It’s a question that’s developed after having worked with many people over my career. Both business owners and employees.
If they aren’t sure what they’re passionate about I’ll ask two more questions. The first, what would they do for free? The second, what are they working on late at night because they love it?
I’ll even have a possible third question. That question, if someone gave you $10 million on the one condition that you got up and went to work every day, what would that work be.
Once they’ve honestly answered those questions, they’ve created a new potential path for themselves. It’s up to them on whether or not to follow it. But at least now they know what that passion is.
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Whether they are starting a new business or expanding an existing business, entrepreneurs of all strips need to have passion and drive for what they are doing. They need passion and drive because the road for any entrepreneur is littered with challenges and hurdles that have to be overcome on a constant basis.
Passion and drive is reflected in the time and energy that is put in the little details in starting and running a business. It is reflected in the financial commitment that owners put into the business. It is reflected in the sometimes lonely journey and effort that a business owner endures to make their business a success.
Deliveries will be late or missed. Employees will be late or quit. Clients will find a million and one reasons not to pay you on time or if the entrepreneur is really luck, not at all. And none of this will be in the original or revised business plan the entrepreneur may or may not have done. Business owners need that passion and drive because that is what is going to move them forward during the tough times.
Owners will want to cry about any one of the challenges they face, but the problem will still be there when the crying is over and a solution still needs to be found. Passion and drive for what they do during those gut wrenching times will propel them forward and help them overcome those challenges.
Passion and drive will help them devise solutions and responses that keep the business going. The challenges may spark a creative bent that they otherwise might not have used. And in really breakthrough moments, it will put the business on a much better trajectory then before the challenge first appeared.
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