Most of us have that burning desire to jump into the game: moving into an individualized way of living and building a meaningful business. It is a thought that consumes many of us everyday, be it because of the current economy, lack of passion at a day job, insecure job market or to expand our income. This desire to shift is on the rise and there’s no better time than now to go for it.
In a previous post, I mentioned several traits that shaped entrepreneurs. You don’t have to be born Steve Jobs or Oprah – anyone can make a shift.
It all starts with finding your calling and knowing what motivates you. Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you. This is where the digging starts. Do not look at your genes, social class or the expectations from family or society; your aim is to find clarity where you can be masterful, supernova, exceptional.
As humans, we are not one-dimensional. Most of us have multiple passions; things that we enjoy doing and which we are fairly good at. It starts from here: go deeper, dig more and identify your second nature.
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I once read about a trick to kick-start this process:
– Create a list of all the things that you are passionate about
– Take the top 5, eliminate the rest and never think about them again, as that will distract you from the top 5 you’ve identified
– Next, re-assesses the 5 remaining passions and list underneath each one all the things you master about that passion. It doesn’t have to be only skill-based mastery; it could be anything that can differentiate you from others with the same passion
– The result will be top 3 passions with the most details that you should consider to shift for
There is no one right formula to identifying what motivates you. However, this part of the process is the most important (finding clarity, identifying the passion, acknowledging the purpose). It will always be about identifying your natural strength and building on it to find your voice in the clutter.
Don’t think traditional. It’s not about bigger, better, taller. It’s not always about disruption. It’s about realizing what lights your fire and identifying your genius.