Last Update – December 8, 2014
You may ask yourself, “I have a business idea or a hobby that I am passionate about. How can I turn my idea into profit … why should I even try?”
There are 6,692,030,277 reasons in the world why you should try and 204,060,000 of them exist right here in the United States (Source: World Bank World Population Data World Development Indicators).
I can’t imagine that you could seriously (with a straight-face) tell anyone that you can’t find 1, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 people that would be interested in the same things you are passionate about and render payment for it. If so, you’re fooling yourself—literally.
Unpacking ability and purpose
We all have God given talents and abilities. Simply put, there is no one in the world like you. You were designed for a specific purpose. If you have ever thought about turning what you love into a profitable business today is the day to start. Provide a good or service that fulfills a specific need… the more niche the better.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”Albert Einstein
But there’s a catch. Several, actually... You will have to do things you have never done before. That means ignoring others that choose to spectate and never participate. It also requires that you learn to decipher who has your best interest in mind and who doesn’t. I am sure you’ve heard, “I would never do that … too risky,” or “It seems like a good idea, but I don’t have the time.” I have personally heard both statements and can tell you neither is true.
I cringe when I hear the defacto “time issue” associated with an excuse as to why someone cannot start a business. According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year).
This simply means in a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube. In the third quarter of 2008, Americans watched more than 142 hours of TV a month, which is up five hours from the same period last year. And Americans spent 50% more time (Source: LA Times). Can you think of what can be accomplished in 9 years? Endless possibilities…
After hearing common antiquated thought patterns, I learned early on that people will only tell you what they can’t see themselves accomplishing. It is never a direct reflection on you and your capabilities.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!
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