Passion is where your heart is. It is where your interests and skills thrive. When you have a passion for things, you tend to do better at those. Finding your passion is the key to success in all your endeavors.
If we compare Rich Dad vs. Poor Dad, Poor Dad’s slogans are the words of fear; Rich Dad’s slogans are the words of passion. While fear reflects disappointment and passivity, passion reflects confidence and energy. What builds wealth isn’t fear, but passion. Sometimes it is called a strong business mission.
Let’s take for example the story of Robert Kiyosaki on how he found his passion for his business.
In 1977, Kiyosaki launched a manufacturing company that was one of the first to make nylon and velcro wallets. The company’s growth was meteoric, but stiff competition soon forced him to move its manufacturing operations to southeast Asia. When he inspected its new overseas factories and saw the cruel conditions under which people were forced to work, it drained some of his passion. He no longer wanted to become rich if it meant exploiting low-paid workers. His business began to sag as his interests and passion decline.
His Rich Dad recognized that his enthusiasm for the company was gone. “Let the manufacturing company go,” he advised Kiyosaki. “It’s time to build a business around your heart—around your passion. Have a strong business mission.” At that point in time, he knew what that passion was teaching.
So in 1985, together with his wife Kim, they packed up everything they owned and moved to California to start an educational business based on exciting new teaching methods. It quickly depleted their savings and exhausted their credit cards. They lived in the basement of a friend’s house. Uncertainty and self-doubt plagued them. However, they both knew what they wanted—financial freedom—but they didn’t know if this new business would enable them to reach that goal.
Despite their fears, they followed their hearts and kept on, and in less than five years they already had a multimillion-dollar business with eleven offices throughout the world. They had built a business around a new approach to education, and the market loved it. Their passion for the business and its mission made it happen.
Do you know what your passion or mission is? Many people don’t, and they have a hard time finding it. To find your passion or mission you have to dig deep inside. Here are some questions Kiyosaki suggested to get you started:
- Are there any activities or thoughts that absorb you so thoroughly you lose track of time?
- What subjects do you find most exciting to talk about?
- Who are your heroes? What is it about them that you admire and want to emulate?
- Do you have any skills or talents that inspire self-confidence and pride?
- When you have a free afternoon, how do you choose to spend it?
- If you had all the money you needed to pursue a hobby or a special project, what would it be?
- Do you subscribe to magazines or read books? What sort of reading material excites you?
- If you could develop a “dream” business for yourself, what would it be?
It may help to talk about your passions with people whom you know well and trust. Sometimes other people can read our souls when we can’t. Once you become aware of your passion, you can determine your mission and begin to feed it. This in turn will feed the drive that will make your dreams come true.
So find your passion and develop that passion to your advantage as a way to fulfill your dreams in life.
Source: Robert Kiyosaki’s Coaching Program