Do what you love

To get paid doing what you love, you must connect it to what other people want.

Reinvent the way you make a living Part-2

 

It all sounds so simple: Pick something you love and build a business around it, and you’ll be smiling to the bank in no time. But is it really that easy? The truth is, not just any passion can be turned into a paycheck – there are plenty of things you may be passionate about that no one will pay you for.

You might like to eat pizza, for instance, but no matter how passionate you are, it’s highly unlikely you could craft a career around your love for mushrooms and black olives. Instead, you have to find something more interesting to the rest of the world.

 

Not every passion makes a good business.

Many successful follow-your-passion business owners understand an important principle that aspiring and unsuccessful business owners don’t. And it’s this critical point: you usually don’t get paid for your hobby itself; you get paid for helping other people pursue the hobby or for something indirectly related to it.

 

You must have the necessary skills to turn your passion into a paycheck.

 

In addition to passion, you must develop a skill that provides a solution to a problem. Only when passion merges with a skill that other people value can you truly follow your passion to the bank. Here is a simple formula for carving a new life for yourself with your passion:

Passion + skill + usefulness = success

So, you see that even though passion is vital to the success of any business, it is just one part of the equation. If you don’t have the skill to carve your passion into a valuable business, it will only remain a passion and nothing more.

 

Compared with working just to make a living, it’s much easier to do what you love and get paid for it. You just have to find the right passion, the right audience, and the right business model.

In essence, your passion matters; but before you can make a living out of it, people must be willing to buy what you are passionate about. You can be passionate about all kinds of things that won’t actually make you any money. But when you merge your passion with something the world finds useful, that’s where you’ll find synergy. And that’s how you can make some money.

Did you know? The saying “do what you love and the money will follow,” that’s not literally true. The money will only follow your passion when you merge it with something the world finds useful.

 

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