Can You Really Turn Your Passion into Profit?

passion into profit

In case you haven’t noticed, turning your passion into profits is the single biggest promise making gurus and marketers rich these days. What a great marketing hook. Think about it, who doesn’t want to turn their passion into profit?

It’s a dream that is shared by millions of aspiring entrepreneurs, to get paid for living on their own terms and to make a living doing something they love doing. That is probably the primary reason why, worldwide, there are approximately 175,000 new blogs started every single day.

It’s a promise that speaks to our very core

The freedom to live by our own schedule, make money while we are sleeping, and earn thousands while we are on vacation with nothing more than a laptop or iphone. How many times have you heard these promises? Too many, right?

So, why do smart people continue to buy into these promises? Why do huge product launches continue to generate millions of dollars inside of a few days? Because the thought of turning your passion into profit is an irresistible offer, that’s why. Be honest, how many books and programs have you bought over the years out of a desire to quit your day job and become independent?

If you own a library of these programs and still haven’t realized your dream, don’t feel bad and please don’t give up. Most of us have been down that road at some point, it’s just part of the learning process.

So, what’s missing from the passion into profit formulas?

With all of these offers being digested by millions of eager consumers, why are so few people actually experiencing the freedom and independence being promised? Is it all just marketing or is there just something missing?

If no one was actually able to turn their passion into profit then we could assume the worst, but a small percentage do make it, so we know it can be done. Is it a serious lack of motivation or follow-through on the part of those who purchase these products? Certainly that is a factor, but nobody spends $1,997 on a seven module training program without trying to implement it.

So, is there some crucial information being withheld so that we are driven to buy the next product? Is the reality of entrepreneurship just so complicated that it is beyond the reach of most people? Personally, I don’t think it is either of those things.

Maybe we make it harder than it really is

When you combine a burning desire with too much information and too many choices, all you get is confusion. Trying to do everything just guarantees that nothing gets done properly. As a result, the essentials never get the attention they need because your focus is spread too thin.  In other words, we over complicate the process. Successful people follow a strategy that keeps their attention where it needs to be and filters out all the unnecessary distractions.

Logically then, any approach that can actually teach you how to turn your passion into profit would need to be relatively easy to follow, step-by-step, totally focused, and proven to work for a widest possible variety of interests, talents, and skill levels. It should also be inspiring, affordable and include some personal guidance every step of the way.

So, the next obvious question is: Where can you find something like that? Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of garbage in the marketplace when it comes to this subject and all that does is add to the confusion and frustration. I’ve been thinking about creating a realistic solution to address this situation for awhile now and I would love to get your thoughts on it because I truly do value your feedback.

How much have you spent in the passion to profit pursuit?
What passion would you like to turn into profit?
The lines are open!

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  1. Stephen August 2, 2011 Reply

    “When you combine a burning desire with too much information and too many choices, all you get is confusion. Trying to do everything just guarantees that nothing gets done properly. As a result, the essentials never get the attention they need because your focus is spread too thin. In other words, we over complicate the process. Successful people follow a strategy that keeps their attention where it needs to be and filters out all the unnecessary distractions.”

    One of the most sane paragraphs on the subject I’ve read in a long time!

    • Jonathan August 12, 2011 Reply

      Thanks Stephen, I must have been having a lucid moment or something!

    • Trish November 15, 2012 Reply

      I was going to say something similar, quoting the same paragraph, but Stephen said it better!

      Some, scratch that, most of those “guru” programs are enough to kill your passion. You have to keep it simple in order to remain focused.

  2. Disappointed October 15, 2011 Reply

    I find it sad that your answer to the painful situation described in this article is to suggest that their is advice and guidance out there that can help their dreams come true. Nothing is going to work for someone who can’t bring themselves to leave the safe life they know to try something else. Most people who have done serious research into making a living “doing what they love” already know what they need to do… but fear holds them back.

    • Jonathan October 15, 2011 Reply

      In my experience most people who are trying to turn their passions into profits are still lacking some key ingredient or they would be profiting rather than researching. Sadly, I have known more that a few bloggers to put forth a serious effort for an extended time only to end up abandoning their dreams for lack of financial reward. They were all committed and well researched, and they pursued their goals fearlessly, but without the desired results. On the other hand, I have benefited personally from the guidance of a select few. With so many unscrupulous marketers ready to exploit the would be entrepreneur, I can understand your cynicism, but the presence of shysters does not mean that legitimate help from sincere and honest people doesn’t exist.

  3. Amhit Aggarwal March 8, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jonathan

    Its good to see your great post about finding your passion …
    My name is Amit , I live in India ,delhi and I read your article and somehow your words & suggestions has rekindled the fire in my heart about finding my passion and I truly want to live passionate life … Although I am working as computer engineer but right from my childhood I am really passionate about exercise (specially running and strength training) , helping other people through their problems but I don’t know how to turn it into my work. I feel your guidance will act as blessing for me because I really wanted to change this world and live a passionate life but don’t know how to move towards making this dream into reality

    Thanks a lot

    • Trish Jones March 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Amit,

      The I think you have a solution to people’s problems and therefore you can cash in on your passion. It’s true people need motivating to exercise, but when motivated they do it, but for most a reason why. Exercise and strength training will not only keep you fitter, disease free, but also younger and your mind sharper.

      Runners in particular are “Oholics” meaning they are passionate about what they do. Once you have a solution to their problem, you are well on your way to making money from something you’re passionate about. So keeping it simple, “Solve their problem!”

      Blessings to you.

      • Jonathan March 9, 2013 Reply

        Greetings Amit and Trish, there is one important factor that often gets overlooked when it comes to doing work you are passionate about. Passion breeds enthusiasm and that is a contagious quality. In other words, if two people have something similar to offer and they are both equally qualified, the one who is more passionate about what they do will usually make the sale, because passion is a magnetic quality,

        In all honesty though, turning your passion into profit is not as simple as many would have you believe. That’s why guidance from those who are experience at helping others succeed is so valuable. When someone can boil the process down into a repeatable formula that helps you make the right choices and avoid the pitfalls during each step of the process it will minimize the chance of disappointment while maximizing your chance of success.

  4. Evan November 2, 2013 Reply

    I’m feeling stuck – which probably means I don’t have anything useful to say.

    I think my problem, I’m a self development blogger, is that my stuff won’t appeal to everyone. But I’m not sure how to find those it will appeal to – they are a pretty independent and tough minded bunch. Which may just mean that there isn’t a market, I suppose.

    One thing I feel the need of is a style of business that suits me/the way I want to live. Most people promote their own style (and why not, it’s worked for them!). But I’m not them, and don’t necessarily want to live their way.

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