How Passion Can Interfere with a Just-Right Business

By Molly Gordon

Passion is a popular word among seekers these days.

It seems that everyone wants to tap into their passion, create work they feel passionate about, or express their passion.

But where does passion really fit in the journey to a business that fits just-right?

If you’re assuming that just-right and a business you’re passionate about are the same thing, think again.

There are several ways that passion can derail your business, not to mention obstruct your personal growth.

Passion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. It has its roots in the relationship between suffering and creating meaning.

(The root is pati, Latin for “suffer.” The Passion is a central teaching in Christian theology.)

While I’m not against suffering per se (it may be optional, but that doesn’t mean that if you suffer you are some kind of spiritual nitwit), Do you really want to grow a business out of a commitment to suffering?

Wanting to feel passionate about our businesses can derail us by requiring our work to provide most of our emotional and spiritual nourishment.

This places a huge burden on even a mature and healthy business.

It can strangle a new business before it can take root.

Growing a business is a lot like starting a family.

Parenthood can bring enormous emotional and spiritual gratification, but it’s of the character-building kind.

The work of being a parent is never done, and the primary flow of nourishment is from parent to child, not vice versa.

If you require your children to meet your deepest emotional and spiritual needs, you and they will suffer greatly.

The nourishment we can expect of our businesses is also of the character-building kind.

We can expect our businesses to push our buttons so that we can see what work there is to be done on the inside.

We can expect our businesses to be the means through which we serve others in return for financial compensation.

We can require our businesses to operate in alignment with our ethics.

But if we expect our businesses to make us feel good, or to feed and be fueled by passion, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment.

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This article originally appeared in the Authentic Promotion e-zine and is reprinted with permission from the author.

Photo from article: 8 Ways to Turn Your Passion into Profits, By Ali Brown

More articles by Molly Gordon.

Molly Gordon is president of Shaboom Inc., a “coaching and training company that delivers hope, help, and hilarity to Accidental Entrepreneurs so that they can build a business that fits just-right.”

She says, “Thanks to my checkered past, I’m able to draw road maps for other accidental entrepreneurs – people who love their work enough to risk working for themselves but who aren’t particularly business oriented and who have a deep commitment to personal growth.

“I love that everything I learn (and every mistake I make) serves this audience. From The Work of Byron Katie to Embodied Intelligence, ontological coaching to Process Work to integral theory and methodology, there is delicious synergy among my vocation and avocations.”

Visit her site: Accidental Entrepreneur’s Guide to Self-Employment Success and sign up to receive
her free 31-page guide, Principles of Authentic Promotion.

She explains that her business name Shaboom refers to how “business success and personal growth are intertwined. The more you grow and develop personally, the more you achieve the emotional, physical, and spiritual well being you want, the more successful you will be at building a business where the person you have always wanted to be can do work you have always wanted to do. And that’s very cool, indeed.”

Her programs include:

The Way of the Accidental Entrepreneur, The Practical Path to a Business that Fits Just-Right.
A testimonial: “Before I bought the program, I assumed you were pretty touchy-feely, “think positive” kind of coach, not much real world application stuff. What I discovered is that you have really amazing insights into the issues that I personally have as a single-person business, and I’ve been doing this off and on for over 30 years…I’d recommend The Way of the Accidental Entrepreneur to anyone who went into business because they loved what they do. Selling yourself and your skills is exhausting, demeaning, and often sucks the passion out of what used to feed your creativity and happiness. I’m thinking about my work in a completely different way and am excited to tell people my story once again.” – Dick Carlson, Columbia, SC, USA.

The Self-Employment Telesummit
Transform under-earning into the joyful creation of meaningful wealth. Hear presentations by 18 of the world’s top heart-centered teachers. “Many accidental entrepreneurs are skilled in their areas of genius, but they need to get quickly up to speed on all other areas so they can be successful at making money when they need it, which is now,” explains event creator Molly Gordon. “Meeting this need is what the Self Employment Telesummit is all about.”

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