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Why You Should NOT Follow Your Passion

Passion is your partner for BIGG Success“Follow your passion” is bad advice. Sure, it strikes an emotional chord. Yes, it sells well. But you will be miserable if you do it.

Before we go on, we should clarify one point: Uncovering your passions is a useful exercise. It’s part of fully understanding who you are.

However, it’s unlikely that you’ll have fun in your career and/or business if you follow your passion.

Life is a dance. Passion is your partner. Do NOT follow your passion. Lead it.

Otherwise, passion may step on your toes!

You’ll start a business that was a hobby. Before you know it, you’ll have neither a business nor a hobby!

The business won’t make enough money to sustain you. Even worse, you’ll work hours at something you love now but will come to hate.

So you need to lead your passions. And you do that by finding the one-two-three, one-two-three rhythm in the song.

Proficiencies

While you uncover your passions, also think about what you’re really good at. What comes easy for you that others find difficult?

Your proficiencies may be closely related to your passions. You may even have trouble distinguishing one from the other.

It really doesn’t matter – they’re all part of who you are.

People

You’re not looking for just any people. You’re looking for people with a problem.

But not just any people with a problem. You’re looking for people with a problem that intersects with your passions and proficiencies.

But that’s not quite enough. You need one more thing.

Profit

You need to be able to provide a solution that (1) the people with a problem will pay without hesitation and (2) you can make money.

Because you know what’s fun? Making money at something you’re passionate about and proficient at for people who are passionate about your solution.

Money is not a necessary evil. Money is necessary.

But you don’t love money. You have your passions. But money makes the dance fun.

Lead your passions to find a business that becomes a giving companion.

What do you think…is “follow your passion” is bad advice?

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3 Differences Between Passion and Purpose

the BIGG difference between passion and purposeAre purpose and passion the same? Is it just a semantic distinction?

We think not.

Your purpose may flow from your passion or your passion may flow from your purpose. In some cases, the person finds their cause. In other cases, the cause finds the person.

So they are similar, but there are important differences between the two terms.

Passion can be selfish. Purpose can’t.

You can pursue a passion for your own pleasure. It can be purely self indulgent.

[George] I love to sing. But nobody loves to hear it!

Purpose is not selfish. It involves serving others, but it’s not servitude.

It’s feeling joyful about creating joy. It’s about adding value in the lives of others while creating value in your life. It’s win – win.

Passion can be unbridled. Purpose is focused.

Passion is boundless. You can have many passions. You can spend countless hours on them.

Purpose is singular. To fulfill a purpose requires focus. It requires you to choose. But the decision is an easy one when your purpose is compelling.

Passion is what. Purpose is why.

Passion focuses on nouns. What do you love? It’s about the objects of your desires.

Purpose is your motivation, your why. It brings in action so it focuses on verbs. Purpose completes you.

Together, passion and purpose lead to BIGG success!

Do you see any differences between passion and purpose?

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Ask These Two Questions or Expect to Fail

ask these 2 questions for BIGG SuccessAn inquisitive nature is one of the secrets to BIGG success. But there are two questions which you can’t afford not to ask.

If you don’t ask these two questions, you can expect to fail. One of them will help you think bigger. The other one will help you move forward.

The question to think bigger

There’s a question children ask incessantly. They ask it so much that it can drive us adults absolutely crazy.

It’s a simple question but it packs of powerful punch. The question is:

Why?

Kids have a certain natural curiosity and a sense of wonderment about the world around them. It’s one of the secrets behind their creativity.

Yet we seem to lose it quickly. In fact, research shows that we lose most of our creativity by the time we leave the first grade.

We need to learn to ask “Why?” all over again. Only there’s not much to learn.

It’s more a state of being. But as adults, we have to begin with a state of consciousness.

We need to make asking “Why?” a habit. It won’t happen overnight. But you can develop this practice day by day.

What in your world demands asking “Why”?

The question to move forward

However, there’s another question which is just as important. In fact, it may be more important. Ask:

Why not?

What do you really want to do with your life? What’s holding you back?

Why not ask yourself “Why not”?

Why not go for it? Why not try? Why not just do it?

Why not stop regretting? Why not start living?

Why not give up the grind? Why not pursue your passions?

Most people are driven by fear. So ask yourself “Why not” so you really start to understand what you’re afraid of.

Many people tend to magnify the negative possibilities. They quickly get too scared to try to do anything to make their lives better.

People who reach BIGG success understand the negatives. They quickly work to minimize the negatives so they can take action without much risk.

Why not start living life on your own terms today? If you’re not sure where to start, maybe we can help.

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How to Evaluate Your Small Business Startup Ideas

Evaluate your startup ideas for BIGG SuccessWe’ve talked before about the importance of watching and listening to find your business idea.

You should have a number of ideas after watching and listening. But ideas aren’t what you’re really after.

Your ideas must be fleshed out to find your small business startup idea.

You don’t need an idea. You need a great idea for you.

The difference between an idea and a great idea is huge. Ideas aren’t worth much. They’re “a dime a dozen.”

The first step in evaluating an idea is to determine if it’s a great idea for you. Does it match your passions and preferences? Does it fit your priorities? Is it consistent with your principles? Does it capitalize on your proficiencies?

A great idea is found at the point where these personal factors intersect.

You don’t need a great idea. You need a great opportunity.

A great small business startup idea isn’t enough. You can’t ignore market realities. You need to determine if this is a great opportunity.

So you need to find a place with potential customers. And you must be able to easily reach them. You don’t want too few if you want to build a company of any significance. You don’t want too many because it’s likely to invite competition.

If there is too much competition already there, you will likely struggle to gain a foothold. If there is no competition, it is likely a bad sign as well. Many may have already tried and failed.

A great opportunity is found where your personal factors fit in a place with the right amount of customers and competitors.

You need more than an opportunity. You need a great concept.

Once you’ve determined there is an opportunity, you need to develop a great concept.

What problems will you solve for your customers? What makes your solution unique? How does it capitalize on your competitor’s weak spots? How will you get the word out?

An important part of the process

One of the ways you can be more successful with this process is to constantly look for synthesis.

You will have component parts every step of the way. You get an idea. Then another related idea pops up.

It may happen almost simultaneously. Or it may occur hours, days, or even weeks apart.

If you consider them carefully, you will see these separate ideas form a cohesive whole. Your mind has synthesized them.

General ideas will now have a particular application. The ideas themselves are likely to be simple. The combination creates something complex. You will have to find a way to explain it simply but you may be onto something. Something that takes you to BIGG success!

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Be a Success in 5 Steps

The 5 step process to BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms.

It’s a destination. But it’s also a journey.

It’s a result. And a system with five component processes.

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Discovery

BIGG success comes to those who truly know themselves. It’s a discovery process that lasts a lifetime!

What are your passions? As you start to find the answers to that question, follow it up with a more important one:

Why? Ask why five times to get to the root of your passions.

But passion isn’t enough. You also need to understand your proficiencies.

This is where the “You Can Do Anything” mindset strays from reality if you want to be a BIGG success.

You have certain talents. You may not be destined to be the next superstar on stage, screen, field, or court.

But you may be the next superstar at something else if and only if you discover your natural gifts.

Of course, discovery is just one component part of the system.

 

Matching

BIGG success also requires matching. It’s great to know what your passions and proficiencies. But to reach BIGG success, you have to understand your role.

You are an entrepreneur. You may or may not be one with the traditional definition of the word, but you own a very special enterprise – your life.

You’re not just a brand manager. You’re not even just a CEO. You are the entrepreneur in charge. And as the entrepreneur, it’s up to you to find a market opportunity.

So you have to match your passions and proficiencies with people who benefit from them. This may be an employer. Or it may be customers. Or both! You can have freedom and security simultaneously.

 

Execution

Now that you’ve found an opportunity to utilize your passions and profiencies, it’s time to execute. Begin by building a plan.

You have your strengths. But are they developed enough?

Be careful before you answer yes. The difference between success and BIGG success is often a fine line.

Almost no one has sufficient natural talent to be a BIGG success. People who stand out study and practice and study and practice…

So part of your plan must include how you will develop your skills.

You also want to think about how you will let the world know. It won’t do you much good to be the best in the world at something if no one has ever heard of you.

But a plan by itself does you little good. You have to perform, to put your ideas into action. That’s where the learning really starts…

 

Adaptation

As you execute your plan, you will run full-speed ahead into obstacles. Some of them will seem insurmountable.

But you will find a way to get past them. And even more importantly, you will learn.

You will learn about yourself. You will learn about the market. You will learn about the opportunity. You will learn about your plan. And you will adapt.

 

Transformation

As you adapt, you will transform. Ultimately, this is what BIGG success is really all about – transformative growth.

Growth – it’s one of the reasons for the second “g” in BIGG.

It’s the reason it’s so important to start today. As you grow, you will be able to conquer bigger and bigger goals. But it all starts today, right now.

Because this isn’t a serial process. You may loop back at any point in time as you gain new information. And you will grow some more.

BIGG success doesn’t come just because you want it.

You can’t say it and make it so.

All the affirmations in the world won’t get you there.

It will come when you discover what truly makes you unique. Then match that with the marketplace and get to work to get your taste of BIGG Success!

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