For today’s aspiring entrepreneurs, exploring avenues of creativity to find your passion is likely the quickest route to increase your chances of launching a successful business. But where should you start? Here, five exercises to help you discover your passion.
Revisit Your Childhood
Let’s make a little time travel. Remember all the things you loved to do as a child? Make a list of all the little activities that you liked as a child and ask yourself if you would still love to do them today.
Research shows that there is much to be discovered in playing, even as adults. Revisit some of the positive and events of childhood. Ask yourself these questions to get started: What can be translated and added into your life now? How can those past experiences shape your career choices now?
Make A “Creativity Board”
Start by setting up a large poster board. Put the words “New Business” in the center and create a collage of images, sayings, articles, quotes and other inspirational content. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of your intention — who you want to become or what you want to create — your awareness and passion can grow.
As your board evolves and becomes more focused, you will begin to recognize what is missing and imagine ways to fill the blanks and realize your vision.
Make A List Of People You Admire
Study people who have been successful in the subject you want to pursue. For example, during the recession, many people shied away from the real estate market because they thought it was a dead end. But actually it is the perfect time to jump in, when most people are bailing out — regardless of the type of business, there are always successful people in every business sector. Study them, figure out how and why they are able to remain successful when everyone else is faltering and stumbling down, and then set up structures to emulate them.
Start Doing What You Love, Even Without A Business Plan
Before they start, a lot of people wait until they have an extensive business plan written down, along with angel investors wanting to throw cash at them. Unfortunately, the ideas of most people never see the light of the world.
Do what you enjoy, even if you haven’t figured out how to make a profit of it yet. Test what it might be like to work in an area you’re passionate about, build your business network and ask for feedback that will help you develop and refine a business plan. It’s a way to not only show the value you would bring, but you can also get testimonials that will help launch your business when you’re ready to make it official.
Take A Mental Break
While it might feel uncomfortable to step outside of the business mode, the mind sometimes needs a rest from such bottom-line thinking. Engage in activities that have nothing to do with business. Maybe for you, it will be creative writing, painting, running or even gardening.
After your mental vacation do something you’re passionate about. Looking at beautiful things — art and nature — creates connections and awareness of things that we often neglect to notice.