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Have you found your passion? I did. Then, soon after, I found out that making your passion profitable and being passionate about what you do were very different things.
For more than 15 years, I worked as a nonprofit professional. I strived to be the absolute best that I could be and eventually earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in not-for-profit management. Â I loved the work that I was doing to advance missions of hope and love, and I was excited to be considered a top expert in my field.
Years ago, I came across a quote that read, â€śPassion makes complacency uncomfortable.â€ť I began to live by this, and I committed to seek beyond my complacency, find my true personal passion, and prosper doing it!
These are five steps I followed to find my passion and make it profitable, because you can too:
1. Find your passion by identifying what you love to do so much, that you would do it for free.
All my life, I knew that I wanted to help people be great, but I never knew exactly how. Then I became a mom and started to take notice and ask myself questions. I knew I wanted to continue to do the work I loved, but I also wanted to have the flexibility of being home with my son. Â A little less than a year ago, I began my journey toward connecting my desire to help with what I do for a living.
2. Believe in yourself and in your dreams.
After several attempts at entrepreneurship, I took a leap of faith and started a multi-city tour that motivated moms to be great women and extraordinary parents. Donâ€™t allow your experience, or lack thereof, to deter you. Some told me it would take years to build my brand and monetization, but it took less than a year. Â Not only have I made my passion profitable, I am helping others to do the same. Believe it is possible.
3. Count the cost and consider the bottom line. Â
While launching a brand and tour at the same time allowed me my fair share of â€śteachable moments.â€ť As I grow and continue to empower brands, along with thousands of women that allow my experiences to propel them to greatness, I am encountering opportunities to overcome greater obstaclesâ€”and so will you.
4. Listen. Learn. Labor.
Have a smart team of believers; people that believe in your mission, that you listen to, that you can learn from, and that you labor with. You canâ€™t do it on your own.
5. Have balance.
Stay true to your reason for becoming an entrepreneur, without sacrificing those you loveâ€”including yourself. What I am learning as a nonprofit consultant, blogger, and speaker, is that I have to be comfortable being my true, authentic self. Balance starts with the notion that you canâ€™t please everyone, and, ironically, trying to do so will result in not pleasing anyone.
I followed these steps to define my passion, pursue it, and monetize it. Â If I did it, so can you!
LaToyia Dennis, The Motivated Mom and wife, parent enthusiast, Principal Fundraising Consultant and Founder of A Chance to Learn. LaToyia is a dynamic, savvy, MBA-educated successful leader in advancing the non-profit sector, relationship manager, and enthusiastic speaker. Learn more about LaToyia atÂ www.motivatedmom.orgÂ and follow her on Twitter @LaToyiaDennis.