Q: I have been told many times over the years, “You have a great attitude and drive, and an excellent mind. You should be an entrepreneur.” But what the heck should I do? I have limited funds and resources. Everything that looks like promising, someone else is doing or has done. I am unsure how to make an idea new or improved, which is frustrating. So what the heck should I do? – Daniel Armstrong
And here’s part one of Sir Richard’s answer (the part I disagree with):
Make a list of all the things you are passionate about or that interest you. It doesn’t matter if these items seem trivial or random — something on your list could spark a great entrepreneurial idea.
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Most people get VERY stuck when asked to think about or list their passions.
“I don’t know what I’m passionate about”
“I LIKE certain things but am I passionate about it? That’s another question.”
“I am not passionate about anything.”
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Focus instead on your giftedness.
This isn’t just about finding your strengths and although passion plays a part it, it isn’t ONLY about finding your passion. It’s about looking at some of your best circumstances, the relationships within which you bloomed, (or didn’t), the environments where you thrived (or didn’t ) and the meaning and satisfaction that you seek.
Your giftedness is like a thumbprint or a snowflake. Robert J. Stevenson says
“Most people suffer under the delusion that the gifted and talented make up less than 5 percent of the population. That’s wrong. One hundred percent of us are gifted and talented.”
There are many gifted people who are disengaged BECAUSE they’re doing the wrong job for the wrong reason. No standardized test can describe your uniqueness. The answer lies within you. The repeating pattern of your giftedness lies within the stories you tell that reveal what you enjoy doing and what circumstances motivate you to bring all of you to the table and blossom.
Want to find out more about your giftedness? Send me an email giselle (at) gisellehudson (dot) com with “giftedness” in the subject line.
There is no unemployment for a person who knows his/her gifts well enough to communicate and leverage them.
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