Steve Knox describes passion as a funny thing. It keeps you up at night and sparks something deep inside you. So many people say it would be great if they could just quit their day job and pursue their passion full time. But that’s all it is, talk. To those people, I say: Stop talking about it and do something. Turn your passion into your profession.
Without getting too much into the psychology of the self-defeating fixed mind set, there is only one way to break this type of thinking: Shut up and act. You have to choose to do something different. You have to move. Action frees you from the broken cycle of daydreaming about what you want to do.
- Count the cost.
Here are a few great questions that can help you get some clarity:
- Does the world need this?
- Am I any good at this?
- Can I afford it?
- Does my family support it?
- Am I likely to quit?
- Find your tribe.
This is also known as identifying your target market. Who specifically will benefit from your passion project? What do they look like? Where do they live? What are the biggest challenges they are facing? How can your little idea help make their lives better?
- Create a checklist with specific deadlines.
You have to measure your progress and clarify your goals. You need to create a routine and dedicate time to invest in making your idea a reality. You will need accountability, clarity and encouragement along the way.
- Be prepared to embrace failure along the way.
Fail early and fail often. Failure is the steppingstone to learning, growth, refinement of your thinking and eventually (with a bit of luck) success.