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Passion and Business – Part 2

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.

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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

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.

 

45 thoughts on “Passion and Business – Part 2

  1. Silviu

    Hi Dana,

    The idea is interesting. When we put too much purpose and too little passion in what we do and things don’t go as we planned, the feeling of anxiety or even desperation may appear. When the feeling appears two things happen:
    a. your creativity is partially blocked
    b. you communicate that feeling somehow through everything you are doing on your blog and people feel a discomfort and back off.

    That happens when we put TOO MUCH purpose in what we do. However, there are other possible scenarios:

    1. You succeed in what you do. Your passion is rewarded. The feeling of anxiety does not appear.
    2. Your passion is so powerful that overcomes everything. The anxiety never appears and you go on no matter what.
    3. You set smaller goals, easier to achieve and when you accomplish one of them, your passion is reinforced by that tiny but beautiful feeling of success.

    Conclusion: I wouldn’t recommend people to focus only on their feeling of passion and let that passion lead them. A little bit of planning, goals setting, time management and order is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it is vital, if you are running a business and your blog is an important tool. What matters is to combine the two sides/factors and make them help each other. The synergy of the two will bring more results than any one of them alone. This is harmony and equilibrium.

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to write this interesting post.

    Have a nice day

    Silviu
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  2. Dana

    Hi Silviu,
    Great comment! It harmonizes with the post.
    I agree that when “left brain” efforts combine with the energy of forming a business out of one’s passion, wonderful things can happen. They do need to work together as one without the other is either a job or a hobby.

    It’s when fear becomes the dominant undercurrent that things don’t always turn out so well. This is when the enthusiasm in the “craft” itself becomes hidden behind the anxiety that takes place when that passion is needed to serve a purpose to fill a void – even if it’s a financial one.
    That’s not to say that it isn’t useful to have the desire for your passion to pay off – but not to depend on it.

    I appreciate your comment. Silviu. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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  3. Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Sue and Dana,

    Excellent, excellent post here. You’ve nailed it.

    Passion and Need don’t go hand and hand, so to speak, so when you are trying to pay the bills using your passion it then becomes a MUST do, and as you so well said those two energies are opposite, therefore, don’t cohabit.

    I think that when one wants to make a living doing their passion they must remove the “need” part of it, and concentrated on giving. According to the laws of the Universe, when you give you are automatically receiving, anyway. That’s why those who make a living with their passion succeed when they can take the “need to receive” out of the equation.

    they actually find the perfect formula to make money using they passion. However, this is not always easy to do for every one.

    Thanks for bring up this very interesting topic.
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Sylviane

      I think you nailed it. I love Dana’s post but then once again you come in with your amazing way of taking a conversation that is quite complex and making it seem so simple. “Passion and Need” do not go hand in hand. That says so much. Ah taking the need to succeed out of the equation. So simple to say and so difficult for many people to do.

      Thanks Sylviane for adding to this interesting discussion.

      Sue
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  4. Dana

    Hi Sylviane,
    Thank-you! I actually got the chills when I read your comment 🙂

    Yep, anything that has a “must do, must have or must be” element to it becomes mind ONLY. Passion is heart (or as I call it, Universal Intelligence). Mind and heart co-existing in harmony is ideal and can produce wonderful things – but once the element of fear is attached, it kind of ruins everything. Need becomes the dominant force it produces some pretty undesirable feelings and circumstances. There’s a lot of that going on and it’s the reason why many otherwise talented and creative entrepreneurs have had to close their businesses.

    Your CommentLuv article looks very interesting. You’ll be seeing me over there shortly 😉
    Thank-you so much for your fantastic comment! I loved reading it.
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  5. Donna Merrill

    Hi Dana,
    Passion is one thing, but Passion and action is another. Doing what I do excites me, makes me feel alive. We need to keep our mindset on what we are doing and money, hey that always follows. Like Sylviane said, it is the law of the universe. As we follow our passion and be go-givers, it all comes back in one way or another.
    Some keep their eye on the numbers of money. I notice they are always pushing but on the other hand, when I see people giving and not thinking numbers, prosperity comes to them.
    I’ve had my own business for 30 years and have been a go-giver. My life is wonderful and every thing I need is always there.

    Donna
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Donna

      Just picking up on your term Go- Giver and Dana saying she had not heard it. Have you read the book The Go-Giver by Bob Burg? It is an awesome book and such a great example of what you are saying. Dana it is a parable and illustrates this concept so well.

      Donna thanks for your comment here. As always I appreciate you.

      Sue
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  6. Dana

    Hi Donna,
    I like the term go-giver! First time hearing it 🙂

    Sounds like you have the perfect balance of allowing your passion to support you. I worded it that way on purpose – with “allowing” being the key word.

    I see a world with unlimited possibilities. All circumstances already exist – it’s just a matter of whether or not we line up with what we do want vs. what we don’t want.
    The aspect of fear (stemming from a place of lack) is usually the deciding factor on what we ultimately do line up with and what causes a business (or anything else) to go belly up.

    I’ll have to stop by your blog and read your posts.
    Great to meet you and thank-you for your comment!
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    1. Donna Merrill

      Hi Dana,

      Go-giving is a wonderful mindset to live by. It is further reinforced by a book I’ve read by Gary Vaynerchuck: “The Thank You Economy” which explains how marketing works so well when we are giving. A great read!

      Just say’n….

      Donna
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      1. Sue Price Post author

        Hi Donna

        I am here before Dana this time 🙂

        Just wanted to say thanks for the book title I must read it. I love Gary V.

        Have a great weekend Donna – I always say that early to Americans as it is already Friday here.

        Sue
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  7. Adrienne

    Hey Dana,

    Good to see you here at Sue’s place my friend. What a wonderful share too and great topic. Lot’s of great comments as well.

    I hate it when people would say to me “follow your passion”. I didn’t have a passion or one that I recognized that is. I beat myself up over that too and boy was I unhappy. Later did I learn while working with a coach that my passion has always been just to help people. That’s why my blog ended up being so generic in a way because I didn’t care what they needed help with, I was in all the way.

    I love what I do so when I find myself sitting in front of this computer for hours it’s because I love it. There is no need involved here because I’m helping people and that’s what I love to do more then anything else on this earth.

    Thanks for sharing this in more detail Dana and so glad that Sue invited you after your comment. That’s how things can take off too and I’m glad that everyone else got to meet you and see what an awesome lady you truly are.

    Have a fabulous week you two.

    ~Adrienne
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    1. Dana

      Hi Adrienne,
      Awww, thank-you. It’s really cool to be here and I was honored to be invited to write this post 🙂
      I can so easily relate to what you said here about not liking when people used to tell you to follow your passion. For many years, I heard the same thing and I since I had no idea what my passion actually was, I figured I was screwed.
      I DID know that I had enjoyed writing in the past, but didn’t know what to do with it. Eventually, I accepted an opportunity to work in the health and fitness industry – something I had no real experience with and in order to do so, I had to reduce my income and invest in education with VERY tight finances.
      To top it off, I was 40 pounds overweight AND a heavy smoker 😉
      The path that took me from going to personal training school – to writing about health and well-being – to being published in other people’s blogs, newspapers and magazines – to writing my first book – and now to blogging was a matter of allowing. This is why I’m here typing these words to you right now.
      So, the passion is in the enthusiasm for me. Luckily I have people like you writing posts about how to turn this into a business. At least I’ll enjoy seeing how this unfolds!

      ALWAYS luv your comments Adrienne!
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      1. Sue Price Post author

        Hi Adrienne and Dana

        Adrienne, thanks for your great comment as always. You and I have had this conversation a few times so thanks for sharing how it happened for you.

        Dana I too was like you and Adrienne and feeling like there was something wrong with me as I had no idea what my passion really was. I am glad we have these posts out there now.

        Dana I just learned quite a few things I did not know about you so thanks for sharing “you”.

        Hope you are both having a great start to your week.

        Sue
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  8. Vijesh

    Hi Dana,
    I just visited your blog after reading your comment at my blog, you said you would be writing a post which was inspired from my post. So I checked your blog but have found none and surprisingly I found you here so at last I ended up in the right place read about Edison’s example. As you have shared your opinion on passion towards our work I understood the essence of your post. If we are passionate enough in doing our work we are sure to reach our goal however hard it seems. we too may taste some failures but I think its not more than what Edison faced, but Edison did not thought it was a failure but he thought every attempt was a new way to invent bulb. Similarly every attempt of us teaches some thing as you too have learn how to use WordPress after the abrupt close of a fitness blog. Actually you have a good fitness blog.
    Follow your passions and love the work you do and results and success would follow.

    @ Sue
    Thanks for bringing in Dana, she is a passionate blogger as I could understand from this post. keep bring such nice guests…
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  9. Dana

    Hey There Vijesh,
    Hahaha…yep! This was the post I was referring to. I think I had just sent it in to Sue and then I read your post and thought “wow…synchronicity. Cool…” Happens a LOT for me these days 🙂

    Thank-you for your kind words about my blogging. I had originally started out writing about health and fitness. As time went on, I felt an additional pull toward writing about consciousness since it plays such a pivotal role in well-being. Once I started my own blog – I felt the freedom to write about whatever came to mind.

    Yes, we may experience some failures – but each one lets us get a better idea of who we are and who we aren’t. That in itself is pretty enlightening.

    I appreciate your comment, Vijesh.
    Thanks for stopping by!
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Vijesh

      It was my pleasure to have Dana as my guest here. She wrote such an interesting comment on my original post on this topic I had to invite her to write a sequel to my post. I love this topic 🙂

      Thanks for visiting us here and for your comment Vijesh.

      Sue
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  10. Barbara Charles

    First Sue thanks for have Dana share her thoughts. I’m in total agreement with everyone. I know my passion all along has been one thing and it was always hard to not be deterred by what other people were telling me especially when it came to blogging online. I know what my passion is. Like Vijesh it has always been health and wellness although I have been driven towards helping others with their blogs after seeing all that I went through. One was originally my passion and still is, and the other is a developing passion. Either way I love what Dana said when things work out unexpectedly. I’ll say. Both my passions (my old and my new) have turned out to be successful. One I did not expect, the other I did. Now I’m able to have two passions and help others in ways that I would not have imagined!
    Thanks again for Dana’s insight. Great idea to have her as a guest. 🙂
    Barbara
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    1. Dana

      Hi Barbara,
      Looks like you understand how cool it is to have things work out in ways that weren’t originally part of the “plan”. To me, your story goes along with what I said about spending time in the neighborhood of your passion. It allows for creativity to happen – and sometimes the real miracle is when there is enough openness to allow for complementary passions to merge into the original desire.
      If you’ve ever watched the show Shark Tank, you’ve noticed they do updates on previous guests. You’ll see how sometimes the ones who didn’t end up with a deal still found the success they were hoping for without one of the investors – but they also didn’t have to give up equity in their company either. Things still worked out beautifully from the exposure of being on the air – but had they known in advance that they weren’t going to get an investor – they wouldn’t have bothered going on the show and wouldn’t have been “at the right place at the right time”.
      I loved your insightful comment and I appreciate you stopping by 🙂
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      1. Sue Price Post author

        Hi Barbara

        It was my absolute pleasure to have Dana as my guest here. I love her thoughts on this topic.

        Thank you for your comment and sharing your perspective. I too have wellness right up there as a passion and have had a couple of goes at making it into a business. I even studied naturopathy for some years.

        Have a great day.

        Sue
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  11. Enstine Muki from make

    Hi Danna,
    Welcome to Sue’s blog. Thanks for this part 2. I didn’t read part 1 (There is no 2 without a 1 😉 ) but I’ll be doing 2 things just after this comment:
    1 – Go checkout part 1
    2 – Go checkout your blog for more engagement

    Now, we are often told to make money doing what we are passionate about. So if I love written, I should work towards monetizing my writings. Passion as a means?

    If you are passionate about something, how much of your time does it (your passion) take. Do you try to identify opportunities in your passion or just let it flow? I know of one guy who was so passionate about soccer and that’s what pays his bills right as we speak.

    I think this has no formula that works for everyone. Like you mentioned, your passion may fail to flourish your business. You just have to keep laying your hands on opportunities even out of your passion. There is something that will workout 😉
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    1. Dana

      Hi Enstine,
      Yes, definitely check out part 1. It was a great post – and if you watch the video, you get to hear Sue’s awesome accent 😉
      And of course, when you do visit my blog – welcome!

      While writing is a passion of mine, I haven’t yet put any real effort into making money with blogging. I started to build the foundation – and I am appreciating the synchronicities that seem to be lining up for me almost effortlessly.

      If you love writing, then yes, you could make money doing this. There is a lot of info out there on how to do this. Sue and Adrienne are two amazing women who know much more about this than I do and they share information in their posts. And Donna, who commented above, seems to have a great business built on her passion for blogging – but none of them had the undercurrent of fear or an attachment to a result.
      So if the passion is a NEED, then it’s problematic as a means. It can, however, be a means if it isn’t USED as such.

      Great comment! Thank-you so much for stopping by.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      1. Sue Price Post author

        Hi Enstine

        Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I hope you did check out the first post in this series. It was Dana’s comment there that lead us to this current post.

        Aww thanks Dana for your comment on my accent. It is funny I do not even “hear” many American accents as I so used to them. Except for Adrienne and her great Texas accent.

        Have a great day Enstine.

        Sue
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  12. Mary Stephenson

    Hi Dana and Sue

    Good point on passion and blogging. I think when we are counting on it to end up paying bills we lose that passion.

    I have had to take a second look at what makes sense. Not sure now where I am going with my blog, but I have learned so much about me and what I am actually capable of. Although the outcome was not what I had hoped it would be, or even what I set out to do, the value of what I have learned is enormous.

    It has taken me into a realm of learning that I had been extremely interested in and now am engulfed in via the internet. How this will serve me in the years to come, I am not sure, but it will not be wasted.

    Mary
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    1. Dana

      Hi Mary,
      I’m so glad you liked the post.
      Sounds like you and I have a couple of things in common. I’m not sure where my blogging will take me either – so I’m just enjoying the ride.

      Several years ago, my husband and I attended a social networking happy hour. I don’t like going to those because of the crowds and noise – but since we had just graduated fitness school, this type of event seemed like the next logical thing to do to meet potential clients.
      While we didn’t end up with any new business, I met someone with whom I kept in touch with. He had suggested that I send my writing into one of the local papers to get published…which I did. To make a VERY long story short – the whole thing led to my first published book.
      While I went home that evening not sure if the entire event was a waste of time, it ended up being more than I would have ever imagined.
      And so it may be this for you as well. Sounds like you’re enjoying the ride and that’s a cool place to be 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your comment and I’ll check out your blog.
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      1. Sue Price Post author

        Hi Mary

        Thanks for visiting here and for your comment. I too am a bit like you and Dana around my blog. I came online to build a network marketing business I was building at the time. I was told I needed a blog. I never saw myself as a blogger for a long time. I think a blog is our home and we evolve with it.

        I am sure your journey will be interesting and none of your experiences will be lost.

        Have a great day.

        Sue
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  13. Arleen

    I have had online business since the early 90’s. At that time no one ever heard of blogging, including me. Our fist blog site we launched we wrote about new and interesting products. Not much response to that site. We have launched a new blog site where we now feel social media is most powerful when you use it to tell personal stories, not to sell your products. So it has become a passion. I have been commenting on other sites and I am learning so much. Who would have figured that you could learn in your 60’s.
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Arleen

      Being online in the early 90’s must have been awesome. It was the mid 90’s before I even did email! It is amazing how blogging has now taken off and yes we forget it is still relatively new.

      The whole relationship side of blogging is so important so great you are enjoying that.

      Thanks Arleen for finding my site and for commenting.

      Sue
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      1. Dana

        Hi Arleen,
        Great to meet you.

        It’s interesting to hear how your blog, when it was used for products had a different response than it does now that you use it as an expression of your enthusiasm. It harmonizes with the meaning of this post.

        It’s funny – I remember using the computer in the 90s and looking back now, the internet was so different! Look at how things have progressed since then.
        I don’t think blogging was what it is now back when it was first introduced. From what I hear, it’s really come a long way.

        I’m glad you stopped by and I appreciate your comment 🙂
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  14. Lisa Cash Hanson

    I’ve found this to be totally true. I started my blog to document the journey of launching my baby product. But when I started getting all the media and press attention people started asking for help- I never expected that. So I wrote my first book. And now my blog has all types of posts and I have fab readers who I like to showcase and help.

    I think many times we try to figure everything out. But parenting has taught me the moment you figure it all out, it changes LOL Best to go with the flow and pick up some great things along the way.
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    1. Dana

      Hi Lisa,
      Great to meet you!
      I can relate to your comment about feeling the need to figure everything out and I can imagine with you being a parent – this must come up for you often.

      So it seems that you would be an example of a passion that didn’t begin as a “means” – but ended up helping to propel your vision. The positive energy was what drove your business model and momentum took over from there. Now you have people who are genuinely attracted to the enthusiasm that exists within your product.
      Awesome!
      Now I’m curious, so I’ll have to visit your site…LOL
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment 🙂
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    2. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Lisa

      Thanks for sharing how your journey has evolved. Parenting does teach us a lot doesn’t it? 🙂

      Ah getting media and press attention is something many of us strive for so well done in getting it!

      Thanks for your comment Lisa. I hope you are having a nice weekend.

      Sue
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  15. Lisa Magoulas

    Sue and Dana,
    I really enjoyed this post. Dana, this touched home for me. I started blogging on and off a couple years ago. I finally got on a roll posting consistently. I found, when it came from my heart, it was so easy for me to write. I didn’t know if any of the topics appealed to people or not. Then I started to focus on keywords. Once I did that, I lost all desire to write because I was so stressed out trying to use the right words. Well, I’m back to writing consistently again, about what I want to write about. Is it building my business? Not yet, but at least I’m meeting great people and enjoying what I’m doing. Thanks so much for sharing this. Have a great day, Lisa
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    1. Dana

      Hi Lisa,
      Great to see you here! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.
      Well, I’ve been to your blog and I know you are enthusiastic about what you are doing. Your heart comes through in your posts and it’s obvious that you love what you’re writing about.
      I can COMPLETELY relate to what you’re saying about keywords. I too have struggled with some of my posts due to trying to write around a keyword. In fact, I dealt with this when it came to the title of my book. Seems that “exercise safety” isn’t a popular term with the search engines – but when I had to ask myself what the best title was for the message I had to share, there was no other alternative that would do it justice.
      So, it is what it is!
      Yes, you are meeting great people as am I. This means more to me than anything 🙂
      Thanks for your comment Lisa.
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      1. Lisa Magoulas

        Thanks again Dana for sharing yourself with us. I’m definitely going to look into your book. Gosh, I have purchased so many books that I haven’t read. I need 3 cloudy weeks at the beach to catch up so I can relax by the ocean, but read on my digital device. 🙂
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    2. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Lisa

      I too relate to your comment on key words. I am exactly the same as you in that when I write from my heart I flow and as soon as I focus on the whole key word thing I struggle. Seems like it is a common thing.

      I am sure your blog will help to build your business. You do need to be consistent and that is something I struggled with for a while.

      Thanks for your comment Lisa. Have a great day.

      Sue
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  16. Gladys

    Hello Ms. Sue and Ms. Dana
    Wow as I read all the comments, I could “passion” in each one. How we started and where we find ourselves today is very different.
    For me Dana, passion is the fire within me that keeps me going. I am still a newbie as a blogger, but as a Life Coach, I am finding my voice with Personal Development.
    I too, love how I am surprised with certain aspects of blogging. My life as always been on the “edge” and now I taking a dive into blogging, but I LOVE IT.
    I will be visiting your site when I am finish.
    Thank you Ms. Sue for having Ms. Dana on your site.

    Thank you Dana for inspiring us.
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    1. Dana

      Hi Ms. Gladys,
      I’m so happy you liked the post. I enjoyed writing it.
      You and I are in the same boat – blogging for the love of it.

      I never did actually set out to write. I remember sitting in my Exercise Science Foundations class at Fitness Institute International where I was educated as a personal trainer and thinking that I had no clue what I wanted to do with the education I was receiving. I enjoyed the knowledge, but had no real direction as to where I wanted to go with it.
      NEVER in a million years would I have thought that I would write a book about what I learned in the curriculum – nor would I have imagined that a couple of the most well-respected professionals in the industry would provide me with written endorsements for my work as well.
      My story came from being in the neighborhood of something I was passionate about – with my higher mind seeing the world from the mountain top.
      I look forward to learning more about you Gladys.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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  17. Viola Tam

    Hi Dana,

    I guess the idea of building a business based on our passion is an idea too daunting for many people. This is so because we have been brained washed (often at an early age) to get a good education and find a job in order to ‘secure’ a better future.

    I have witnessed many courageous individuals to listen to their own inner calling and succeeded in their own passion-driven businesses. The chance for succeeding is even higher now that we are living in this information age. What is of value to the marketplace can be known to a lot of people in a much faster rate because of technology! Like-minded individuals collaborating can create wonderful results that no one person alone can achieve!

    Excellent message and inspiring! Thank you for sharing, Dana!

    Thank you, Sue, for inviting Dana as guest blogger!

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Viola

      It was my pleasure to have Dana here as my guest. She will respond to you but I wanted to say thanks for your comment.

      I agree with you that we get brain washed at an early age. It is sad!

      Have a great day.

      Sue
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      1. Dana

        Hi Viola,
        I love your comment – especially the entire first paragraph.
        Security is something we have been taught to base a lot of our decisions on, yet, the funny thing is…security doesn’t exist. It’s a “solution” to the concept of fear and lack – neither of which are expressions of that “Universal Intelligence” I described. These are man made concepts and since they come from a place of a lower vibration – they cannot co-exist with the higher vibrations of creativity and enthusiasm.
        That same undercurrent of fear and lack is the reason why some “passion as a means” won’t work.
        The information age certainly has enabled our ability to choose awareness hasn’t it? 😉 And of course, meet like-minded people. To me, this is one of the biggest rewards of it all.
        Thank-you for your comment. Good to meet you Viola!
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  18. Viola Tam

    Hi Dana,

    Thank you so much for sharing your insights about “Universal Intelligence”. I have seen many successful business people charging daily and improving. I trust that their creativity and enthusiasm come from a higher vibration as mentioned by you.

    Network Marketing guru Jeffrey Combs describes the state of being “in the flow”. It took me quite a while to fully let go of the outcome and just ‘be’ in the flow. I am glad that I followed his teachings!

    Nice meeting you in this virtual space too, Dana 🙂

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum
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