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Your Entrepreneurial Passion:
By Victoria Munro
a powerful emotion. It ignites energy, enthusiasm
and creativity, and brings meaningful purpose to life.
The passion that motivated you to take a risk and start
your business is also the fuel that keeps it moving
ahead. It’s important to keep it alive and not
allow it to fade as you focus on the mundane but necessary
daily tasks of running your business.
Below are seven tips to keep your
entrepreneurial passion aglow:
the big picture before you—what you
ultimately want your business to look like. Have
someone paint a picture or make your own from magazine
photos. Hang it where you’ll see it often.
clearly defined goals to get you there. Break
these down into smaller, bite-sized goals and daily
‘to-do’ lists. This will help connect
even those humdrum daily tasks to the passion that
drives you. Celebrate your progress—recognize
every major step that moves you closer to your dream.
your passion. Talk about your dreams and
goals with others: employees, vendors, clients and
prospective clients. Passion is highly contagious
and voicing it will excite and energize you as well
as inspiring that same enthusiasm in your audience.
to explore new ideas. Fresh ideas can re-ignite
your enthusiasm, enliven business and increase sales.
Schedule time for a meeting of one each week with
yourself—to step back, gain perspective and
think about new possibilities, ways of doing things,
markets you could test, and products or services
you could develop.
your customers inspire you. Talk to them.
Listen. Learn how you can make life easier for them.
Ask for their suggestions. Make a point to find
out what else they might need that you could offer.
why you started the business in
the first place and rededicate yourself to pursue
care of yourself and avoid burnout. To successfully
make it over the long haul, it’s vital that
you achieve and sustain a balanced lifestyle.
Don’t allow your entrepreneurial
passion to wane—take time regularly to
nurture it and re-ignite excitement for your business.
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
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small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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