The best entrepreneurs are those who can combine effort with their passion. Passion ensures to make people to be:
1. Doing what they love. And when you do what you love, you want to know all about it. It is common that people with a passion are better experts in their field that persons who do it just for the money.
2. Putting a lot of time in it. You like, no, you love what you do. You cannot go a day without it. This makes that you put in more time than the average person, enabling you to build a grand business/life/charity/etc. around it.
So, when we take to the goal of location independence; there is always the question: where do I get my money from? It is that plain simple. In order to be a location independent professional most people need a good source of income to sustain this lifestyle financially (and mentally).
As mentioned before, I am convinced that the easiest and most effective road to building a successful business is to follow your passion. So far so good. But then comes the hardest part for most people: Finding out what your passion is. It seems that this is really difficult for a lot of people, considering that so many are doing jobs they hate or work at things they despise.
So what is your passion and how can you find it?
Where to Start
Start with asking yourself: what would I do all day if I had unlimited money and unlimited freedom? For instance, I would still build websites (because I think that is fun), but I think I would also read more, be active politically, owning my own bar/restaurant (though not running it), and help out startups for free. These are some of the things to pop into my head. Maybe you would eat out and cook new recipes all day.
In this way you can start to get a gist what you really like to do, and not to do what you think you should do, because of time or financial constraints.
Doing a Passion “Audit”
Of course, to really get to things that are viable in making your passion work for you, do a passion “audit”. First ask yourself question like:
– What do I really like to do when I am free and money is not important (see above)?
– What things did you dream of when you were a kid?
– What things do you dream of now? (if something is overlapping in your answer to the last question it is really good indicator)
– Were there impracticalities that barred you from pursuing your dream? What was your dream?
– Are there people you know that do things that you would like to do? What things?
– What things are you afraid of and/or are outside your comfort zone? (Hint – to do these things will thrill you and can fire your passion for them).
– Look at all the things in your house and your possesions – all your music, movies, art. What are the themes that bind them? (These themes are illustrative for your passions).
After that you could answer for yourself questions as:
– How can I turn this passion in something that makes money?
– In my current state of affairs, what is needed for me to get to do this passion?
– Following the last question, what will be my battle plan? (Make a detailed to do list)
– What if engage in my passion all day, every day? Would I still like it?
– Do I know enough about the field of my passion? What more is there to learn/read?
– How can I test if I can make my passion work on a small scale?
– Who else is doing what I like to do? Can I reach them / talk with them?
– What is the bottom line for me, when do I give working at my passion a go?
In this regard I can really recommend the book Thinkertoys. It is great book dedicated to creative thinking and with different tools and tests to get you thinking in a creative way. Business is creative as Derek Sivers once said. It is very useful in helping you convert your passion in an activity you can earn a living with (and more!).