This is why passion is so important in life, and being passionate about our entrepreneurial pursuit is no different.
Passion and Entrepreneurial Dreams
Setting out to be an entrepreneur is no small feat. In fact, most entrepreneurs will tell you that it is one of the most difficult and strenuous career paths that anyone could choose in life. But even while knowing that entrepreneurship often puts us on a trajectory to failure and disappointment, there are people like you and I who choose to endure this trouble in exchange for living out our dreams. How is this possible? I would wager to say that it is primarily because of passion. Of course, for many of us, the financial incentive is a large reason to start a business – but what if even this reward was entwined in passion as well? I believe that it is.
Satisfaction Through Passion
You see, even the pursuit of financial returns can be traced back to a passion for that which money can buy. It is important to note that what typically comes to mind when we think of spending money is only a small subset of the effects our money can have on our life and the ones around us. Yes, buying fancy cars, boats, and houses could be something we are passionate about which could lead us to in-turn be passionate about starting and growing our business. But the affects of money extend far beyond material comforts for ourselves. Perhaps you are passionate about helping members of your family, the local community, homeless people – even people living in poverty across the world. Or maybe you want to invest in programs that enrich the lives of children or donate to a non-profit organization. By having a passion for our goal of making the world a better place, the reward of money becomes clear while entrepreneurship is the method to achieve these financial returns. As a result, our passion is transferred into our daily entrepreneurial lives as we can now see the big picture and the end goal of our labor – and this will create a satisfaction in our work.
Inspiring Others With Our Passion
Once we are satisfied with our purpose in entrepreneurship and the dream we are chasing, I believe that our passion will begin to shine brighter to those around us. They will better see why it is that we do what we do. And when they can see the passion we have for our business, those around us, and life in general, they will become inspired to make their own dreams a reality. As Steven Shussler says in his book It’s a Jungle in There, “don’t ever be dissuaded from being passionate about your work. Those of you who measure work not in terms of hours but in achievement and pleasure, the ones working sixty to eighty hours a week because you love it, you are marching to the beat of a different drummer in today’s society. You really have what it takes to make a difference in the world in which you live.”
Paul, Annie Murphy (2013). How the Power of Interest Drives Learning. KQED.com. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2015/02/05/20-things-all-entrepreneurs-should-know-about-angel-investors/#2c3ae163483a
Shussler, Steven (2010). It’s a Jungle in There. Newyork, NY: Sterling Publishing