This week Chris Melton is my guest blogger. He’s an entrepreneur who markets The Rotator, a devise that rotates the shoulder to increase its range of motion. He’s also the author of www.soupornuts.com, a blog dedicated to inspiration and motivation.
Use Your Passion To Reach Your Potential
Everybody says that they want to get ahead, take it to the next level or become successful. But what do they do about it? We have become a society of waiters, hopers, dreamers, slackers and wanters.
We wait for our ship to come in.
We hope to hit the lottery.
We want to get a promotion.
We want to change to a more rewarding career.
We want everything, we just don’t want to exert any effort
We just don’t want to have to do anything. We have drifted a long way from the attitudes of our forefathers who hacked a civilization out of the North American wilderness. But they didn’t have very much choice in the matter. They didn’t have the luxury of a Starbucks on every corner, a Walmart right down the street and Domino’s pizza delivered right to the front door.
In order to have more, we’ve got to be more and that requires doing more.
If it is your desire to have more stuff (money,etc.) then you must be more marketable. Your skills have to become more valuable. To increase your value, you must do the things that add to your value.
1. DEVELOP YOUR PASSION Do you have a passion? If so, what is it? Here’s a clue: you become proficient at your passion. That’s not to say that you will become a great guitar player if guitar is your passion, but that you can become very knowledgeable about the various aspects of the guitar. Knowledge is marketable, by the way.
Ask anyone about their passion and they will speak for hours (if you let them), describing the various nuances of the topic. What’s the point? If you have passion, then you have fuel. That’s what passion is. Fuel.
It motivates you
It empowers you
It stirs you
It intrigues you
It inspires you
It is the first step on the rung of the ladder that can take you from mediocrity to excellence
Determining your passion is much easier than you think. Ask yourself, “What is it that you love to do?”
2. BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT YOUR PASSION This is not hard to do because you love this topic. You are probably quite knowledgeable of the subject right now. But if you want to translate your passion into something that can become profitable, then you are going to need to know how this can be accomplished.
Are others making money on some aspect of your passion?
How are they doing it?
Is it a good business model?
Can you develop a better business model?
If you are passionate about anything, the chances are that there is someone else out there who is just as passionate as you are about the same thing. The beauty of living today is that with the unlimited reach of the internet, you can connect with those who share your passion.
Start a blog—-tell the world how you feel about your passion. My passions are entrepreneurship and motivation. I have this blog and am involved in two more (Shoulder Performance & Rehab and MY-TOOL Talks ). Am I passionate about them? You bet! And, yes, it does take a lot of time.
Build a business–if you can connect with enough people via the internet, then you can create an income stream. How? Well, if I told you everything then there would be nothing for you to do. It’s your passion, discover how to monetize it. It’s not as hard as you may think.
If you have are having a hard time getting motivated then you don’t have a passion. What you have is an interest. You’d like to know more, but it’s really not important enough to devote any time or effort to. Don’t try to fool yourself. Get a dictionary and look up the meaning of passion. You cannot ignore your passion.
3. Get busy doing something about your passion Too many people spend too much time getting ready to do something, but never pull the trigger and actually follow through. Take a chance. Take a small step. Explore your options and then do something.