Deciding that you want to be an entrepreneur usually starts in one of two ways:
1. You find something that you are truly passionate about and decide that you want to dedicate your time to growing it into a business, or
2. The entrepreneur lifestyle appeals to you, being able to work on projects that you love whilst controlling your own schedule, income and future. You feel like you have a deeper purpose and you want the opportunity to leave your mark on the world and change someone's life.
For me it all started with the latter. I was tired of working long hours for someone else and not feeling appreciated. I kept thinking that if I had the opportunity to put just as much time into my own business as I was putting into my full-time job, how could it not become successful?
I knew I wanted the entrepreneur lifestyle, but I didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't know what my true "passion" was.
A year later my boyfriend and I had borrowed $10,000 and started a business in the recruitment industry. An industry we knew nothing about or had little interest in. The idea was brilliant and we had the platform built but we didn't have the passion. You can guess how well that turned out. We didn't care enough to pursue it for the long run and it fizzled out.
Frustration set in as I began to feel like a failure. What would I do with my life? I had all this energy and I felt like I needed to put into creating something, but I didn't know what. I felt so lost.
Here is something I wished someone had told me then:
Have a little faith in the world, your ability to grow and learn and enjoy the journey.
Don't get frustrated if you haven't found your passion yet. There is so much to learn and experience in this world. What you know now is so much more than what you knew a year ago. Just imagine how many new ideas will come to you over the next year. Whilst my first business failed, it opened up many more opportunities for me that I never would have thought to explore. As long as you keep learning, keep doing and experiencing new things, you are bound to find something you are passionate about.
Try something new each week. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Walk a different route to work, talk to someone new, explore a different neighborhood. You can't expect to discover new interests if you do the same thing each day. Just have faith that everything you learn, try, see and do now is shaping you for the future and bringing you closer to discovering your true passion. Have a little faith in the world and in yourself.
Another way to fast-track this process is to find mentors. People who have achieved their dreams, and learn from them. Read as much as possible!! Books are amazing. Through reading you will see the world through different perspectives and learn things that previously would have taken years.
The important thing is to not give up looking. Discovering your passion happens in a series of small steps. It isn't like finally finding your missing sock. Once you find it, your journey isn't over. Soon enough your passions will present themselves but they will change and evolve over time. Try them out, learn from them and evolve with them. But most importantly, have faith in the world, your ability to grow and learn and enjoy the journey.