How’s your journey so far? Are you enjoying getting to know yourself better through your Personal Design Profile? Has anything become more clear as you’ve gone through the homework and taken a closer look at the variables involved in finding your ideal business?
If you’re like me, you’re fired up and ready to go. But maybe you don’t quite know where your’e going yet. Maybe you have lots of “maybe” ideas but no “that’s totally it!” ideas. Have no fear, we’re only on day 18, I’ve got a lot more in store for you to help you along with those decisions. For today, I want you to narrow down your choices by looking at three important factors; love, skill, and money.
Let’s take a look at how people choose their careers and who seems to be the happiest. Some choose a career based on what they love to do. Some go where the money is, and still others seem to find themselves doing something they have developed a strong skill in, though not necessarily because they purposely chose that route. Many people do what they do by default. I don’t want that to be you. (<–Tweet that))
So which should you choose; something you love, something you’re good at, or something that has great income potential? I believe that the happiest people are those who are able to choose a business that encompasses all three. You might say “Well duh, if it were that easy, we’d all do that.” And you’re right, if it were easy we’d all do it. It’s not easy to find that one thing that meets all three criteria. But it’s entirely possible for those with a passion to find it.
If you’ve got the passion to find it, here is your homework.
- On your next journal page make three columns.
- Label the columns LOVE, SKILL, and MONEY
- In the LOVE column, write everything you love to do, even seemingly insignificant things like braiding your daughter’s hair. Include anything you love to do, talk about, read about, etc.
- In the SKILL column, write down every single thing you’re fairly good at. Nothing is insignificant. Include little things like frosting cupcakes and organizing your junk drawer.
- In the MONEY column, write everything you might even consider doing that you believe has good income potential.
Now is the good part. Look at your lists. What do you see that is shared among all three lists? It may not be exact wording. You probably didn’t write “writing books” in all three columns. If you did, you probably already had a strong clue that your business should revolve around writing books. Maybe you wrote “jewelry” in the love column, “being sociable” in the skill column and “selling something” in the money column. If so, then your ideal business could be selling jewelry through a direct sales company. Your job is to look at the three list and find where they intersect. What is that thing you could do that combines something you love, something you’re good at, and something people will pay you for?