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How do you find what you want to do?

I have been wanting to start up my own at home business with an opportunity to grow later on in time . My question for everyone that have started their own is how were you able to find out what type of business you wanted to . You know that saying " if you work in something you love you'll never work again " , I think that's how it goes . Anyways is it that easy ? I have been thinking about a business startup for around 2 years now and so far I still have a blank slate. The drive is there I just don't know what to get into . Some guidance on startup and finding out what would suit me would be nice. Thanks everyone

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Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
Dude, there are 50 kajillion people on this site killing themselves trying to execute on their ideas. Find one that sounds cool and help them.


Mark Flores
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Mark Flores Entrepreneur
Warehouse Worker at Medtronic
I haven't thought about doing that but I will take your advice and go ahead and look into that . Thank you

John Seiffer
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John Seiffer Advisor
Business Advisor to growing companies
Forget about finding your passion first. Do what you're good at. You'll enjoy it more. I say this having been an entrepreneur all my career starting and running companies I never thought I'd like.

And ... being an entrepreneur isn't for everyone. If it were there'd be no one for us to hire. [grin]
Mark Flores
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Mark Flores Entrepreneur
Warehouse Worker at Medtronic
Thanks for the advice John . I do have a few things in mind that fall under the "what you're good at " category .
And you're right as well not everyone can be an entrepreneur . It may or may not be for me but I will never know if I don't try it out . I would rather fail than not try at all
Ankita Tyagi
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Ankita Tyagi Entrepreneur
Director, Financial Services at Attivio
Mark - First off, hats off to you for keeping your start-up dream alive. Two years is a long time. I like all the suggestions thus far. Make sense.
I have a different take. I've had a clear idea since last year but to put it mildly, "life just kept getting in the way" and I simply had to put aside whatever I was planning to do and take care of things. However, I am grateful for this 1.5 year journey where I learnt so much that I had no idea about when I was first struck by the idea. Not only do I have greater self-awareness but also am much more aware of the pitfalls and have realistic expectations of time, commitment and my own ability. Having said that, I still want to go my own way and finally, I believe I am cleaning out the cobwebs to get closer to what I want. So hopefully, this year will be it. Fingers crossed!
Therefore, as per my limited wisdom, please don't force the idea or what you need to do. As Michael puts it, find a start-up, get some experience and one day, perhaps you'll have an idea that really drives you.
My idea was based on my personal experience, my own struggles and desire to do something about it to fix it. Perhaps, there is a pain point that you wish someone had a solution to....may be you could find that solution. And if you can't think of one today, no worries, it'll come when the time is right. Don't force it. Good luck!
Brent Hultman
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Business and Leadership Coach/Consultant at Pursuits Coaching and Wellness Network
Helping others and doing what you're good at are sound suggestions. Finding something that has meaning for you and is energizing moves you from being in it as a way to make money and from being a vocation to doing something that energizes you and is a calling. If you want that provides the gift of"something you love you'll never work again" think about things that you value, things that matter to you. If you haven't read Simon Sinek's START WITH WHY that might be a good place to start the journey. Also ask yourself, "What would I do if I weren't afraid?" A lot of people limit themselves out of fear.
Mark Talaba
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Mark Talaba Entrepreneur
Founder, Vision Former, serial entrepreneur
Hi Mark. A new technology created by The Gabriel Institute in Philadelphia can give you some very valuable answers. Teamability(R) is the product of 25 years of behavioral science research, including 9 years of tech R&D. It identifies and organizes 3 foundational elements of teaming. First, how a person teams with other individuals (Person to Person). Second, how a person connects to a team (as if 'the team' has a life, and needs, of its own). Third, and most important, how a person will seek to make a meaningful contribution to team needs. By understanding these three teaming elements, you will have gained a clear sense of not only the kind of business you would find rewarding, but also the way in which you will most enjoy serving the team you have created. I would be happy to set you up to experience Teamability for yourself - no charge, and no obligation. Best of luck in all your endeavors. Mark Talaba
William Sarine
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William Sarine Advisor
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Mark, the first thing you need to understand is that business ideas do not come out of thin air. I started my first company at age 10 and earned enough in 3years to pay for my college. The only Advise I got was "find a real need and satisfy it better than anyone else" There are no shortcuts. Finding that need and satisfying it is a start. William Sarine [removed to protect privacy] [removed to protect privacy]
Rand Strauss
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Rand Strauss Entrepreneur
Transforming politics and government, Visionary at PeopleCount.org
Yes, please check out my startup, too.

It's not a matter of finding your dream. It's a matter of uncovering your deepest desires- this could be what's important to you, or what you enjoy. Mostly we're aware of "what we want" in the context of a limited view of ourself, or a limited view of what's possible. If you can uncover your views and see them as the limited things that we've put together unconsciously over the course of a lifetime, you begin to see there's much more outside of them.

At least, that's what did it for me, and I did it with the help of powerful (short, inexpensive) courses from LandmarkWorldwide.com. We're mostly unable to see the contexts in which we operate from inside of them. While I'm trained to identify contexts as a problem solver, they're still pretty invisible when immersed in them. Without the courses, I doubt I would have been able to find a solution to politics, and most people are unable to truly understand it. Luckily (and creatively), there are a number of ways around it.

But the real point is- free up your wants and desires and let go of your limits.

And then stop looking for what you want, and instead, create it.
Mark Flores
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Mark Flores Entrepreneur
Warehouse Worker at Medtronic
Mark Talaba sure I woul love to try it out . Thank you .
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