Turning something you love into a profitable business all starts with your idea of the best kind of life you want to live.
Think of your present state first. Do you see yourself doing the same things 10 or 20 years from now, where you drag yourself everyday to work doing the same things over and over again (with slight variations here and there). Do you really want to work because you have to, even if you don’t really like what you’re doing? I call it my “I’m here but I’m not really here” state. It‘s sort of a humdrum existence (some may even call it trapped) where you do things because you have to do them, and not because you are doing these things because they give you joy.
Then imagine your ideal life.
Well, guess what – some people are taking a hold of their lives and are deciding that enough is enough: they are pursuing their passions. What’s more, many of these folks are actually making a living out of what they love most. Meet a few of these entrepreneurs who changed their lives to pursue what they love most:
When Michelle Donahue Arpas of GeniusBabies.com was pregnant with her first-born child, she decided that she would stay at home to take care of the baby. She did not want to work full time as a social worker. And like many pregnant women, she was fascinated with in-utero development and the impact of stimulation such as classical music on the brain development of babies. When her baby was born, she received numerous gift baskets from friends and families. She noticed that most of these baskets contained common items such as lotions, powders, etc. So she thought, why not offer baby gift baskets that contain items designed to stimulate the baby’s minds. That’s how her online business GeniusBabies.com was born, which allowed her to pursue her passions in life while providing supplemental income to the family.
Another entrepreneur I interviewed and who is a perfect example of someone who pursued his passions is Richard Busch of Virginia. After a 30-year career as a highly successful magazine editor (he worked for National Geographic), Richard made a 180-degrees turn and quit the job in 1997 at the age of 56 to pursue his passion for pottery. When he was in his early 50s, Richard started asking himself what his life would be when the magazine career ends and what it is that he really wants to do in the years to come. Richard described that stage in his life, “The more I thought about it the more I felt like I’d really like to be a potter.” He sold his house in the Northern Virginia suburbs and moved to a farm where he has more room and space to set up a good-sized studio. Now, he has been featured in various magazines such as Entrepreneur and Costco’s Costco Connection, where I learned about him.
Asked what makes a happy life, Sigmund Freud said, “To love and to work.” How great could life be then, if you combined what you love with what you did for work? You can turn your hobby into a pastime, or start a business from what you love to do best.