“A business without passion is merely a job.
A passion without business is merely a dream.
Making a business of your passion is a bountiful success.”
This morning I was in an email conversation about “mastering your craft” with a fellow business advisor, an incredibly intelligent woman who also happens to be one of my best friends. It reminded me about one of the points I would make during my many speaking engagements over this past winter: sometimes passion is not enough.
We’ve heard it and read it before. It falls out of the mouths of motivational speakers everywhere. It is seen regularly on daytime talk shows, infomercials, and of course, the interweb. “Follow your dreams…harness your passion…” What if passion is not enough?
There are many who venture into “business” who are either ignorant or willfully blind of the financial and management side of “business.” Often they believe that their skill and their passion are all that is necessary to be successful in business. As Michael Gerber wrote in The E-Myth, “The Fatal Assumption is: ‘if you understand the technical work of a business, you understand the business that does the technical work.’ And the reason it’s fatal is that it just isn’t true. In fact it’s the root cause of most small business failures.”
Just because you’re a great cook does not mean you should open a restaurant.
Just because you’re a great welder does not mean you should start a manufacturing company.
This is not to discount the importance of mastering your craft. Realizing on your passion is a gift too few of us ever get to realize. BUT…if you intend to make your passion into a business, you need to know BUSINESS!
I don’t know anyone anywhere whose passion is “cash flow,” but it is an integral part of business that must be intimately known, or the gap from startup to liquidation could by mighty small.
To Plan for Prosperity
During many of my speaking engagements this past winter, I’ve suggested that a simplified strategy can be 1) Find what you are passionate about, and 2) Determine if you can make money doing it. Passion on its own is not enough.
There is a difference between “business owners” and “people who own businesses.” The former are entrepreneurs; the latter have bought themselves a job. Despite “The Entrepreneurial Myth” as Gerber defined it, all hope is not lost for those who have fallen into it. The people who will be most successful are those who can admit they need help in areas where their passion does not lie.
“Do what you do best, and get help for the rest.™”