My recent post Passion and Business received lots of interesting comments. Dana Gore had some comments that I felt were so valuable I suggested to her that she should write a sequel to my post. I was sort of “tongue in cheek” when I made the suggestion so I was delighted when she said she would love to do a guest post.
Here is Dana Gore…..
Passion and Business – Part 2
Before I go any further, I must confess that the reason I am here sharing my thoughts with you today is because I have followed one of my passions – which is writing.
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So of course when I stumbled onto Sue’s blog and read her post on Passion and Business, it definitely peaked my interest.
I can admit that I’ve made the attempt to create a business out of something I was passionate about once or twice and while they didn’t necessarily work out as I had hoped, I can say that I lived to tell about it. And as experience often does, it taught me a few things that I’ll share with you. Maybe you’ll be able to relate.
Passion as a “Means”
See, I’m a bit new to blogging and I’m still learning the ropes. I would imagine that those of you reading this know what that’s all about and most likely understand that you when begin to build a platform that you hope may offer rewards on at least some level, there’s a bit of an “undercurrent” that puts the pressure on.
That undercurrent is an attachment to a result and in my opinion, is one of the contributing factors as to why some passions may not pan out well as a business.
When we attach ‘purpose’ to passion, then we have given passion itself a job. It becomes a means to an end rather than an energy that comes through us and creates magic. When we depend on something as opposed to simply enjoying its presence in our lives, we immediately attach fear to it. Since fear and creativity do not share the same energetic frequencies, they cannot co-exist together.
I know what it feels like to want something so bad that it becomes a need instead of a joyful experience. It’s frustrating and depressing.
Passion as Enthusiasm
The good news is, however, that there is another perspective. When we are aligned with our passion, but not in need of it to serve us, support us, feed us, or anything remotely similar, then there is a chance for things to work themselves out beautifully.
Have you noticed that when people depend on their efforts to pay off that there is a noticeable desperation to them? Even if you wanted to what they had to offer, the anxious and needy undertone comes through is stronger than the product or service they represent and in turn, you inadvertently back off out of discomfort.
But when someone is enjoying what they are doing simply for the love of it, there are no expectations. There may be desire, but the desire is born out of enthusiasm for the process itself rather than the result they hope it will produce. As a potential consumer, you would feel interested, inspired and a magnetic pull toward the product, service or message because it has stemmed from a place of pure bliss and connection to a higher awareness from the “business owner”.
When we flow, we are in a place of allowing. What that means is that there are no ulterior motives underneath our projects. This is similar to how I feel about blogging. I love it for the creativity and I’ve met some cool people, but since I’m not attached to a specific result, I can simply flow and enjoy the synchronicities that seem to be taking place almost effortlessly. I get to express myself authentically and share my message with those who care to listen without any pressure.
Sometimes Things Work Out Unexpectedly
Turning your passion into a business may still be worth a shot though – because the worst thing that could happen (if you don’t invest more than you can afford) is that you realize it isn’t for you. If Edison had to “fail” 10,000 times until he found a method that worked, then you and I may have at least one or two flops under our belts along the way.
Sometimes, the business doesn’t turn out the way you want – but it may still line you up with just the right people and possibilities for what WILL turn into gold simply because you spent so much time in the neighborhood of your passion. While your original plan may not turn out as expected, you could end up with something even more wonderful than you could have ever imagined.
Last year, I was hired to write for a women’s fitness blog. The site itself ended up shutting down – as did my position and I can admit that I was disappointed. On the flip side though, I had the opportunity to learn how to use WordPress and meet some people who would stop by to comment on the articles. This has led me to where I am today – a budding and enthusiastic blogger who has already written FOUR guest posts and a book!
This is how life works when we allow it to. I had heard someone say something to the effect of –
“While the physical mind is only capable of seeing the world from the ground, the higher mind sees the world from the mountain top”.
A huge thanks to Sue for inviting me to write this post.
So what are your thoughts?
About Dana Gore
Creator of I Choose Awareness and author of the book “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety – (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)”, Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.
Dana aims to bring guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner. She believes that the body follows the guidance and instruction of the mind and spirit. She inspires her readers to seek inner-peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.