| “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world,” Harriet Tubman
Passion is the impetus behind every aspect of humankind, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is the driving force behind all artistic endeavors, as well as the driving force behind war. Passion leads to love, and leads to hate. Passion is the core of creation, and nothing of any significance, whether positive or negative, is ever accomplished without passion.
Likewise, behind every business, whether large or small, there is one passionate, determined, inspirational driving force. Someone who believes in the business and what it does, and will not rest until the company is successful. Usually this person is an “expert” about the company and it’s products or services. This person is most often a charismatic leader who means “business” when it comes to their business.
However, no matter how unique, dynamic and attractive, converting “passion” into a sustainable, prosperous business venture is not an easy task. In fact, more often than not, it’s downright grueling.
Passion and drive are what makes the difference between just a good idea and a successful business. They are the ultimate fuels for accomplishment. But with today’s economy and competitive arena, having passion and drive alone are not enough to make a new business successful. Here are some of the other factors that, when combined with passion, can set your small business on the path to success.
Just Like “Heart” Ya Gotta Have a Plan
One of the most powerful ways to support your passion is with proper planning. There are many phases of planning necessary for new small businesses, but the most basic is a business plan, which is a must-have for any small business. Even if you don't write a formal business plan, you still need a plan that outlines where you are right now, where you plan to go and how you intend to get there.
Commitment to Learning
Often it’s easy to be passionate about the things at which we are good. But having passion and being good at something isn't always enough to create a successful business. The most successful small business owners take their passion and build on it by continuing to learn, develop and grow their skills.
In order to make any new business a success, you need to commit to continually improving your skills and experiences so you are consistently moving forward and growing your passion.
Venture for the Stars, But Make Sure you Have a Roadmap
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
When you are passionate about something, especially a new business, often it’s easy to focus entirely on the details. You may get so focused on an immediate obstacle or aspect that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound -- is an important step in starting and growing a small business.
Although it's possible to reach entrepreneurial success on your own, the small business trek is easier, smoother and more satisfying when you have a support network. Your support network may include family, friends, business colleagues and anyone else who can help you, especially when times get tough. This type of support system is an excellent way to stay on track, find new opportunities and share your success.
Passion is indeed the starting element for any successful business and when you combine it with these supporting components you can become a mighty business force to be reckoned with. A business Ninja!