4 key steps to turn your passion into your profession

Rather than finding your passion, create one!

Here’s how:

1. Begin.

Do something. Read books about the subject.  Put your money, time and energy in researching about your chosen field.

 The bottom line is that you must act if you want to change. 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. It’s never too late to begin.

2. Count the cost.

Here are a few great questions that can help you get some clarity:

Does the world need this? In other words, What is the problem I am trying to solve?  Clearly defining the purpose behind what you’re creating is critical and and essential for others to buy in to what you are doing.

Am I any good at this? Chances are you would not be considering this new venture if you were getting to use your gifts, strengths and talents in your current job or life situation. We are all wired to create. Every single human being on the planet has genius in them. The question you have to ask yourself is, Am I naturally gifted in this area?

Can I afford it? This is not primarily a money question (although cash is extremely important). You also have to take into consideration the investment of your time, energy, space and other resources you will need along the way. Take a hard look at your current commitments and be realistic about how much time you actually have to invest in your passion project.

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3. Find your Niche.

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?

These are your potential customers and you need to have a clear picture of their greatest needs, hurts and interests. Chances are they are passionate about the same things you are. A great thing to do at this point in pursuing your passion is to interview your tribe (use social media polls, etc.) to get a clear understanding of who your tribe is and what they want.

4. Be prepared to embrace failure along the way.

Failure is the steppingstone to learning, growth, refinement of your thinking and eventually (with a bit of luck) success. Dedicate yourself to excellence in effort and in how you lead yourself. Do not be afraid to be yourself, ask for help or head in a different direction based on what doesn’t work. Failure is feedback. Take it on board, pick yourself up and try again based on what you have learned.

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credit: success.com

Steve Knox is the founder and lead consultant of Orbiting Normal, a boutique leadership agency.

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