Is your business doing well but it no longer excites you? Are you plugging on a project and it hits you: "What am I doing? Should I be doing something else?"
It’s a fact that many people lose the passion for their work. As an entrepreneur, if you don’t love what you do, pouring your heart into your business will be difficult. Entrepreneurs don’t have the luxury of a typical 9 to 5, and they’re taxed with monitoring various aspects of their business. Sometimes, they’re the business and work follows them at home.
So how do you know when you are losing your passion? Here are some common signs.
#1: Your business is not the first thing you talk about
If you’re walking down the street and meet an old friend, what’s the first thing you say when they ask you, "So what’s new?" If you say anything else aside from your company, you’re probably not passionate about it. You should carefully consider if you’re happy where you are. It may be time to change things.
#2: You only long for the day you can cash out
The idea of building a business that’s worth a million dollars is great. But you’ll put yourself in trouble if the only thing you think about is the "exit." Being a successful entrepreneur is all about building a business which you can focus on for a long time. If all you’re aiming for is the finish line, then you probably aren’t enjoying what you’re doing.
#3: Your gut drops hints
Many times, your gut will tell you how you truly feel. If every time, you have this weird feeling you don’t belong, then it’s time to re-evaluate your focus.
#4: You don’t get angry
Steve Jobs, for instance, was known for his outbursts when his employees didn’t meet his standards; this is how passionate he was in creating exciting products. But don’t take this as permission to throw tantrums whenever you’re sad.
As a successful entrepreneur, learn to compose yourself. That said, getting angry when things don’t meet your standards shows you love what you do. If you feel nothing, then you don’t care about your business.
#5: You can’t wait for weekends
The only thing passionate people can’t wait to see is the fruits of their work. But if all of your excitement is focused on the next vacation or partying hard at the club, then your love for your business is questionable.
#6: You have a Plan B
If you really love building your business and taking it to the next level, then there is no other option. If building your business is what you’re really passionate about, then you’ll work very hard and do everything you can to make it succeed. You won’t make any excuses.
Any of this sound familiar? If so, it’s time to change things up and regain that interest.
We'll talk more about this next time, when we're going to look at questions people ask when they're losing passion for their business.
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