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7 Things You Need To Know About Your Passion

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Your Passion in Life and finding out more about yourself

Passion today, is one heavily misunderstood concept. I dare say that it’s even overrated and overused today.

Successful people are always ready to say things like, “Passion is all you need” or “Follow your heart. That’s the most important thing.

Is it really though?

There’re a lot of nuances to this idea called passion.

Passion is good. It’s great. It’s a ball of wonderful energy. But it’s NOT going to solve all your problems.

 

Here’s 7 different ideas about passion you need to know to excel in it

1) Passion isn’t just a mere hobby or past time

Nay, passion isn’t just some mere interest you dabble in during your free time.

Passion is what identifies you. Passion is your identity.

Let it burn into your life so that others will take notice.

You’ll want people to say, “Oh that’s [insert your name]. He’s the guy who does [passion].”

And that is awesome as it is.

So be proud of that passion. Be known for it. Let it seep into your everyday life for every single second you live. That’s how you live your passion.

 

2) Passion isn’t a golden ticket which solves all your problems

Many were the times I’ve read entrepreneurs saying how passion is the key thing which drove them to success.

I believe that is true to a certain extent, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds.

You still need to put in the hard work and sacrifice to get the results you want.

Essentially, this means feeling less than great even though your passion is involved. This means having to question yourself, “Why isn’t my passion making things easier?”

Passion does not mean an easy route to success. So don’t be too disillusioned when you’re sweating blood and tears.

 

3) You don’t have to be the best at it

I’ve been a B-boy (breakdancer) for many years now. And quite frankly, where I’m from, I’m not the best at it. I don’t win competitions and you can’t find a lot of YouTube videos of me.

But, as I’ve learnt, passion isn’t competition.

You don’t have to be the best at it to love it. You don’t need first place or trophies to validate your love for something.

Competition is great now and then to motivate you to work harder, but never forget the roots of your passion; your identity. Always go back to your Why and your original love and inspiration for it.

You ought to enjoy it and love life with your passion too you know.

 

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4) Others may not understand your passion

I’m 29 and certain friends are still shocked to hear that I find time to practice my craft as a Bboy. Some of them even think it’s a pastime for kids.

It may sound daunting, but passion can be greatly misunderstood by even your peers and family alike.

So be prepared to face some criticism and flak from people around you. Know that at the end of the day, what they say or think do does not matter.

The critics are mostly people who are unhappy because they lack passion themselves. Continue loving and doing what you do, and I guarantee they’ll turn around as you inspire them.

 

5) Don’t be so lonely and introverted with your passion

I do agree that passion is a private and personal kind of love you’d want to take you everywhere you go in life.

But you know what’s a simple hack to continuously be more passionate and inspired? Meet more people who share the same passion.

Put in the conscious effort to meet others, train with others or just be in their presence.

That’s how your passion and your persona grows.

 

6) Passion needs to be fed inspiration

To extend the last point, passion needs to be given fuel from time to time.

Remember that very first moment when you got really inspired from, say, that speech your favourite writer gave?

That feeling was awesome. But, life will get in the way.

Just like how passion doesn’t make work any easier, passion needs to be fed inspiration in order for you to feel the love, the drive, the energy, the force.

So get out there and seek inspiration. Go to concerts. Stop wasting your time with social media and read books instead. Meet your mentors. Talk to people and make new friends.

Do them so you can remember why you have that passion.

 

7) Passion is what makes sense of the world for you

There’s way too much information out there. What’s more, a lot of the information is rubbish or nothing but toxic news.

It can be pretty disheartening to know what’s going out there. It can be pretty hard to live a meaningful life that way.

To keep it simple, we’re all just trying to be happy.

Try as much as you like, if you only use your head to reason with the world, there’s always going to be conflicting pieces of information.

There’s no point in being right when you’re unhappy.

So what makes you continuously happy? Passion.

Let passion be your world then. That’s not to say be deluded, but allow passion to make your happy (and sane) so you can take on the world.

 

Did I leave anything out? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts about Passion.

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  1. Susan Axelrod

    Nov 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Alden-you ROCKED it. So proud of you. Amazed and delighted to have landed on this article.
    I teach people to find philanthropic PASSION. and I describe it the same way.
    You’re a 29 year old asian guy and I’m a 53 year old white jewish woman and LOOK at how we’re connected.
    I only drop f-bombs in private, you do it in public, so what?
    I dance tap, you’re a bboy, so what?
    we’re both changing the world, one reader at a time; helping people find a moment of joy by accepting their passion exactly as you say. so how ‘different’ are we? together we can show that our differences are NOT more important than what we share in common.

  2. Richard Gasquet

    Nov 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hello. Just figered I would drop you a message on this post (seemed like a good one to choose) to let you know
    that I have gone through some of your articles and I’m liking
    the website Expect to find me around in the comments!

    🙂

  3. Neha Mehra

    Jan 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Chasing your passion is very risky.From my own experience i am telling you that, it needs lots of sacrifices and determination to make your passion work in this life as the competition is growing each and everyday !

  4. Diana Quartey

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I love what you said about fuelling your passion.

    I’ve noticed that if I don’t feed my passion with relevant resources, it starts to die down and to the outsider and even sometimes to myself, it may look like I wasn’t really passionate about it, as though it was just a passing phase.

  5. Rob K.

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    To me, passion is about energy flow. What are the areas that when you’re doing them, the time flies. Your energy is there, your desire to procrastinate it gone, and you just want to keep doing it.

    I really want to be self-employed, but I love working in teams and I need to find the right combination so I can get those things.

  6. Annemarie Maddison

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thank you Alden for your very inspiring words, I am currently trying to make my passion into a full time career. I was becoming a bit disheartened by negative attitudes around me who think I am mad to give up my current well paid career to follow my passion. However, my passion makes me happy and life is too short not to try to do what makes you happy.
    If we all just follow where the money is then we might be comfortable financially but are going to be very unhappy. Your words of wisdom have made me more determined than ever to keep trying.
    Good luck to you and all who follow your passions
    Regards
    Annemarie

  7. Mukul S Rathore

    Nov 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Simply, It gives boost to my passion after reading these point. Thanx so much for your great guidance.

  8. Rose Costas

    Nov 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Alden for that great post. I enjoyed the third one the best because it allows people including myself that you do not have to be the Serena Williams of Tennis or Tony Robbins, Maya Angelo on writing etc to be passionate about your craft.

    I love writing even since I can remember but I could never master the English language good enough to be confident in the area so I avoided it. When I am sad, afraid, lonely, depressed etc I realize writing about my feelings made me feel better. I have now decided after years of avoiding writing to go out and be brave and not try to compete with all the greats but to enjoy my passion and to be my best at it.

    Thanks again for the great post

  9. Jan Koch

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Love it Alden!
    I agree with every point you make. When I started thinking of becoming self-employed and living a life based on my passion and my own terms however, I needed to figure out what I was really passionate about. Working in a 9-to-5 job had blurred my vision and I had no idea what I’m passionate about.

    It took me a few weeks to understand that my natural talent of leveraging technology and my desire to do work that matters actually form a great team. It was a tough process though and I’d love to hear your thoughts on uncovering passions. What do you tell somebody who doesn’t know her own passions?

    Best,
    Jan

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6 Important Things to Consider When Choosing an Investor

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Angel investment is one of the preferred options for starting up your business. Angel investors are successful businessmen, investing their own funds into a potentially rewarding business opportunity. As an entrepreneur, it is crucial for you to choose an investor that can fulfil your specific business needs.

The right investors can add value to your startup, far beyond the capital they bring to your business. You need to be careful in selecting the investors because seed investing is an early stage investment requiring particular skills and experience.

Here are the six important things to consider when screening and choosing the right angel investor for your company:

1. Experience

You should choose investors who have the experience of building, running, or helping startups in the past. They should have a proven record of investing in startups that have been successful in their endeavors. More than their money, their experience is vital, which makes them an invaluable advisor.

Your angel investors should have experience in the same business domain and in-depth knowledge of your industry. If they have achieved success in other domains or industries, they may give opinions on how to grow your business that aren’t applicable in your field. With the requisite experience, they can guide your business through the difficult start-up phase.

2. Trust

Your angel investor should be trustworthy who can keep your company’s confidential information safe without creating problems for you by using that information against you. It is important to choose an investor who gives you not only monetary assistance but also the right guidance and knowledge. A good angel investor is the one who invests in your team along with your business.

3. Risk Taking

The success of your business venture cannot be guaranteed as there are many potential risks that can lead to its failure despite a brilliant idea. It is vital to find an angel investor who is willing to take calculated risks on a rational basis rather than emotional considerations. They shouldn’t be overconfident and they should think differently from the crowd and be willing to learn from mistakes to keep your company going in the right direction.

4. Support

Angel investors who have been a successful entrepreneur can be very helpful to your business. They have it all to guide and support you to develop a successful business and overcome the challenges that your company can face in the initial stage.

Good business angels are very supportive, helping you in problematic situations. They act as a mentor for you to help you achieve your goals by constantly coaching you and supporting you at every step. They provide time and empathy during your tough times.

These investors have an idea about the highs and lows a new business has to go through before it succeeds. They can give you emotional motivation and help you with their expertise and involvement, ensuring success. They will encourage and challenge you at every step of the way and offer you advice when needed to make you grow as an entrepreneur.

5. Expectations

Before you choose an angel investor for your business, you have to ensure that they have realistic expectations about the timeline of the growth of your company and when you achieve your goals. They should even have realistic expectations about how profitable your company will be in the long-term.

Too high expectations can put pressure on your business and make you take risks that can get you off track and not be good for building long-term value of your business. You should select investors who demonstrate flexibility and have reasonable expectations around reporting, communication, and goal-setting.

6. Patience

Angel investors should be patient enough to understand that it takes time to earn profit. They should have the quality of thinking long term and visualizing the bigger picture of your company’s future. Your business angels should be calm and relaxed, and not be the ones who panic and fear to take challenges. It is crucial for them to understand that startups go through highs and lows, and there’s high competition. A good angel investor will remain calm and accept the fact that all new businesses have to struggle in the initial years before they become stable.

When assessing angel investors, you will have to ask them questions about their prior investments, what their expectations are and how much involvement they will take in your business, among other things. You will have to find investors that have the same domain expertise and portfolio companies related to yours.

By considering the above-mentioned points, you will be able to evaluate whether you and the angel investors are aligned and if it is feasible to have a partnership with them in the long-term. Take the help of your network to find the right investors with requisite skills, experience, and funding capacity to get your business global. So, use your due diligence and get the best angel investors on-board!

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3 Reasons Why Getting Clear Is Important for Your Business

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Everyone goes through times in their lives where blue skies and sunshine are a rarity. Too many clouds and storms, whether they involve business or personal issues, become the everyday occurrence and keep people from achieving whatever they want to do.

There have been many times on this business journey of my own where fogginess and haze have sent me to the mat. Trying to kick out at a 2-count when being pinned with all of this stuff seems unbearable.

In taking a holistic view (meaning looking at the entire picture) of where I am, what has changed? Clarity. Getting very clear on what I want to do and where I want to focus my creative direction. Yes, I’m a writer, content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter and creative. That’s one element of my own life. Another one involves being a voice for the voiceless in the craniofacial community around the world.

But this is not to simply focus on what I am doing now. This is about clarity, about getting laser-focused on what you want to do. If you have a coach or mentor in your life, then I’ll bet you have heard them say on one or multiple occasions that you have to “get clear” on what you want to offer.

Here are three core reasons clarity is an important factor for your business:

1. You Stand Out From The Crowd

You cannot go anywhere on social media and not see people putting out content. Some may be good; others are meh. It does not matter, though, if it is good or not. What matters is about conversion. Does the content turn into sales? Does it attract and speak to people’s problems?

Not everyone can be a jack-of-all-trades. You become a master-of-none pretty quick. Theories abound about niching down and finding that sweet spot where you can deliver your mastery to those in need. Think of the millions of niches out there: cannabis, fitness, spirituality, relationships, finances, food, and on it goes.

Every one of these niches need people who can come in and put clarity around their products and services. If these businesses are not clear on what they do and solve to those seeking solutions, then they are not going to have clients and eventually will have to shut the doors.

Learning to stand out from the crowd is going to make you a powerful voice in whatever niche or field you are looking to dominate in all the time.

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli

2. You Attract A Lot of Clients

If you wanted to apply one of those ancient universal laws to your business – for instance, like the very popular Law of Attraction – then you would understand what attracts people to you. Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest inventors, once said that if people understood energy and vibration alone and how that works then they’d understand a lot of how things actually work in the world.

Clarity brings out a new energy from your words and actions. You come from a place of total and unbelievable awareness where you look around one day and go, “Dang, look at all of the people who want my services.”

Trust me. This is one of those lessons that I have to come back to over and over again. People might know who I am and what I do from this or that space. Yet is it really crystal clear enough to a targeted section of people? Um, it’s still a work in progress.

In order, though, to actually move forward in business and have the level of success that I desire, then clarity must come into play. Clarity attracts clients. They solidly know what you do and what you offer. There’s no wishy-washy stuff taking place. Understand this core reason to achieve clarity and watch what happens to your very own business and brand.

3. You Begin To Believe In Yourself

There’s this ongoing idea around “imposter syndrome” that folks on the interweb love to discuss. Showing up online like you are a real go-getter and hotshot, but offline that’s not the same person…that’s a problem.

“Imposter syndrome,” to me, starts happening when a person stretches out of his or her comfort zone and it feels miserable. Instead of getting up at 11 a.m. after working a night shift job, you get up at 8 a.m. to get a head-start on tasks and obligations around what you do. Thoughts like “this will never work out” or “I’m never going to succeed and get out of debt” start swirling around your mind like a bunch of chattering monkeys.

Clarity, though, allows you the benefit of starting to truly believe in yourself. In his famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale writes in the first chapter’s first line “Believe in yourself.” That’s it. Then the book goes on to describe different ways of building up your positive mindset through prayer, faith, action, and other real-life examples. Peale’s work may not appeal to you directly, but the mere thought of believing in yourself and your dreams is appealing.

“Clarity comes from action not thought.” – Marie Forleo

Find yourself getting clear on what you want and where you want to go and begin to truly believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of people who definitely need your services and work around the world. There might even be people right in your own town who do, too.

When tackling the issue of clarity for your business, take these three factors into account. Think about them seriously. Take stock around where this can be an effective place for you to succeed every single day.

Look for the sunshine and blue skies in your business. They are there. All you have to do is some sightseeing and all of it will pop out very clearly.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website AshleyHann.com for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:

RESOURCES:

His event: www.elevatetribe.net

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch: www.addicted2success.com

His Circle of Influence online mastermind: www.iamjoelbrown.com/applynow

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently

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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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