For many years the phrase "follow your passion" was one of thetop pieces of career advice that was offered to everyone who was thinking about going down the entrepreneur route. There's a degree of romance associated with being a holistic entrepreneur, offering a life where your business and your passion are perfectly blended so that you get well paid to do what you love.
Unfortunately for the majority of people who go down this path, this romantic dream often ends up in burnout or bankruptcy, and sometimes both, as they just can't get it to work.
In a recent interview with Luis Condon, the host of the popular podcast Thriving Launch which has been ranked at the top of New & Noteworthy and has featured now over 200 very notable guests, he talked about his own journey and how in order to be a successful holistic entrepreneur you need three things and these are Passion, Purpose, and Profits.
Luis said it all starts with passion if you start with profits, you can make money, but it's hard to develop a true passion for something just because it generates a profit, and ultimately that just ends up as a job that someday you will resent.
Sadly, most entrepreneurs just have passion, but lack profits - or they have profits but the passion and purpose are missing.
When you follow your passion not only do you love what you do, but it will help you to keep going through the tough times. Being an entrepreneur demands so much, it's about giving everything you have, and so if there isn't passion, it's likely going to be hard to push through the hard times. Luis shared with me that the word passion actually comes from the Greek word for suffering, and if we're all willing to suffer to some extent in order to follow our passion, then we'll have something truly worth creating and sharing.
But no one wants to suffer forever, and this is why we need to associate our passion with a purpose.
Luis has a passion for people. He loves meeting and speaking with people and this is why using Podcasting to make an impact, and spread his message, was a great idea.
But he struggled initially to convert this into a business because just following passion and sharing his message wasn't enough.
That all changed when he found his purpose, which he realized was helping people.
Before becoming a holistic entrepreneur, Luis taught marriage education to low-income couples as part of the nation's largest research project on marital success. He loved the work.