It’s been said: choose a job that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
This applies to everyone, and in particular to entrepreneurs. Therefore, I truly believe that there is no point of starting your own company or business unless you’re pursuing your passion.
Starting your own company requires a great deal of courage, commitment, energy, and tenacity. It’s a long and trying journey. And to reach your destination successfully you’ll need many things. These include the right skills, the right partners, the right idea, a solid plan, great execution, and luck.
And yet, most of all you’ll need passion. True passion.
Dan Coughlin writes that: “there are only three sources of great passion that I know of. You either have to love what you do, love who you do it for, or both.”
So don’t settle. If you’ve decided to become an entrepreneur find an idea that’s close to your heart. One good approach is to explore problems or needs that truly matter to you. And, try coming up with innovative solutions.
Intuit founder Scott Cook hit on the idea for Quicken financial software after he watched his wife’s frustration as she struggled to keep track of their finances.
And if entrepreneurship is not for you, you can also volunteer your time and skills to a worthy cause. It’s especially rewarding when you’re doing it for people you truly care for.
My daughter is a child with special needs. She’s attending a therapeutic daycare provided by a non-profit organization called Beit Issie Shapiro. Their mission to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families.
I’ve recently started working with them, voluntarily, in areas of strategic planning, marketing, and fundraising. It’s by far the most rewarding and valuable work I’ve done so far in my career.
Life is too short to waste any of your time on things that don’t create value to you and/or others.
So if you feel that “you can’t get no satisfaction” perhaps “all you need is love”. Stop what you’re doing and start doing something you truly care about.