We grow up in life, structured to believe that, after we go through the school system, we graduate to work for Organizations. We often fail to realize that, we can use our knowledge and experience to start up our own Businesses, especially when most companies rarely allow their employees to become Business Owners. As individuals, we need to harness our passion and recreate the relentless entrepreneurial spirit in us, to launch us to where we are meant to be.
Everyone is born with a gift; each of us has a passion and something that we are all excited about. The idea is to turn this passion into an entrepreneurial opportunity, where you can turn your passion into a money making machine. Everyone has an innate entrepreneurial ability; it's how we harness this ability that determines how we make progress in life.
The basic reason, why most of us fail to harness our entrepreneurial ability is because we feel safe in our jobs. We have become comfortable with our safe salary increases that will never get us where we need to be. Do you know that you can use your free time, imagination and your creative skills to deliver value that nobody has ever delivered in the history of Mankind?
You need to step out of the prison imposed on you from the Organization; you work for and create an abundant life for yourself. Abundance only comes when you are moving along your passion.
Below are some of the Skills needed to develop the entrepreneurial ability in you:
1) The Ability to have ideas.
2) The Ability to execute on the ideas.
3) The Ability to sell the Ideas.
4) The Persistence to keep learning as you fail.
5) The Ability to move onto the next Adventure.
I always advise recent college graduates entering the exciting world of professional services to consider themselves entrepreneurs on day 1. You have to identify your passion and the specific area that you want to develop yourself in life; find other People within this field and learn from their expertise. Networking is also very crucial as well as connecting with others. Although they may not realize it now, the professional service industry is one of the few that allow employees to eventually become business owners. Even if they have no intention of becoming a partner or starting their own firm, it is important for young professionals to distinguish themselves by creating a personal brand and an entrepreneurial spirit within their profession.
Below are some steps to Turning your Passion into Entrepreneurial Opportunities:
Find Your Niche
Like most entrepreneurs, you need to find your niche - a specific area that you are passionate about. This could be anything from Handmade Jewelry, Accounting, wealth management services, or even insurance sales. Finding the right niche is the first step to building any entrepreneurial endeavor.
After realizing what area of your profession interests you, it is important to find others within it and learn from their expertise. Networking is crucial and connecting with others is a sure fire way to broaden your horizons. At the initial year of my Accounting and Bookkeeping Business, I had a mentor that coached me, taught me the nits and grits of the Business and molded my path in this Business line, and I give credit to him for this direction. I must say, that all that I learnt from him, is what has helped to mold me into what I have become today.
Develop Your Skills and Knowledge
For you to turn your passion into an entrepreneurial opportunity, you need to immerse yourself within everything that pertains to it, attend seminars, talk to future competitors and analyze barriers to entry. If you want to develop your skills you will need to train others, as this will eventually help to develop and strengthen your knowledge and perfect your skills.
Build Your Brand
Personal branding is a must for turning your passion to entrepreneurial opportunities, especially in an age when professional service is becoming a much needed commodity. In order to leverage in your industry, you need to set yourself apart by leveraging your personal brand.
The first step to building a personal brand is considering yourself and your "turned passion" as a product. You need to ask yourself many questions before building your personal brand: What is your value proposition? Why should people buy your product? What can you bring to the Table? Who are you trying to target?
Don’t Wait For Opportunity: Create It
Once you determine your personal brand, you have to go out and create your opportunity. The biggest stumbling block to launching your own Enterprise is waiting for opportunities instead of creating them. Allowing others to dictate your success in any specific profession is a sure fire way to guarantee disappointment. If you keep sitting and waiting for someone to hand you a promotion or give you that well deserved pay raise at your job; it is akin to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – its insanity.
In conclusion, to make it ahead in a competitive world of services, we need to distinguish ourselves among our cohorts. Be an entrepreneur at work, Take Control of who you report to, what you do and what you create. Deliver some value - any value - to somebody, anybody and watch your value compound into a career - Your Desires Entrepreneurial Opportunity. Following the simple steps above can make all the difference and create a huge impact your life.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and Turn your Passion into a Business and watch your Business Grow.