One of the key elements of a successful entrepreneur and founder is being passionate for what you are doing. Finding your passion is something, if developed early on, can be very useful in the future. For example, discovering your passion for coding can one day turn into a successful consulting business. But how can someone determine their passion?

Ask yourself these 10 questions to discover your passion. And while you’re at it, ask your partner and children to do the same thing. You need a passionate partner and as a parent you are responsible for helping your children find theirs:

  1. What inspires and motivates me?
  2. Where do I get, or what gives me, energy and motivation?
  3. What do I really care about (people, organizations, relationships, human issues, social issues, etc.)?
  4. What was I most proud of this week?
  5. What gifts and talents do I have?
  6. If I had all the time in the world, how would I spend it (don’t let potential boundaries stifle your thoughts)?
  7. Where am I headed?
  8. Who do I really want to be when I grow up?
  9. How do I truly see myself? If you’re a “work in progress,” what does that mean?
  10. What are you striving for?

Answering these questions and compare them to your reality. The more your life aligns with your passions the better. It’s doubtful anyone’s life will align 100% with their passions but awareness is the first step in change.

You also probably find you have different passions that your partner or your children. If you and your partner are very different if can be either a value creator or destroyer. This awareness if important for the future of your startup or family.

 

In your family help your children develop their passion and don’t lead them to yours. A big mistake entrepreneurial parents make is conveying their passions onto their children either intentionally or unintentionally. How many of you have seen children emulate their parents only to later totally change their direction or have seen children absolutely refuse to be part of your startup?

Children can’t help but want to be like their parents but it’s your job to encourage them to be themselves. In the end, children who can think about their  their own uniqueness and are empowered to make it happen are children who innovate and create.

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