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Ellenit

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Hello entrepreneurs!
I joined the forum a while ago but hadn't introduced myself. I'm a teacher in Berlin, and I'd always wanted to be a dancer. Dancing was my passion (along with yoga and studying Russian), but whenever performing was coming closer to becoming a business, I got the feeling I didn't really want to do that for a living. I was extremely confused about this. Then, not long ago, I found MJ's two fantastic books and read that following your passion is often BS. That statement offended me deeply, but in the end, I saw why it made sense. It explained my mixed feelings about dancing. So I started looking for ideas about what kind of business would fulfill a need but couldn't make any decision for a while. Luckily, a charming man came into my life a month ago, stirred up my emotions to the highest, and then left. Now I know the power of heartbreak. It makes you really want to create. So I told all my friends I'd disappear for a while, called my mom to tell her what I had always wanted to tell her, and quit all my subscriptions to my hobbies because I decided to focus seriously on one thing.
Somehow the idea of creating a tutoring app for students solidified. I have a pretty good knowledge of the users and a clear vision of what the app will do for them. I've been learning about IA, UI, and UX and designing the app with these new skills.
I'm looking forward to spending more time in this forum and learning about what others are doing! I really appreciate this space and community!
I wish everyone here great ideas + great execution!

Ellenit
 

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Welcome Ellen, hope you still are dancing! Not following your passion DOES NOT mean to stop enjoying your passion! It just means that lynching it to a business idea is often a bad idea.

A good book that might help you clarify the differences is Personality Isn't Permanent by Benjamin Hardy, a great read and does a great job a dissecting the "passion" paradox.
 

Ellenit

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Welcome Ellen, hope you still are dancing! Not following your passion DOES NOT mean to stop enjoying your passion! It just means that lynching it to a business idea is often a bad idea.

A good book that might help you clarify the differences is Personality Isn't Permanent by Benjamin Hardy, a great read and does a great job a dissecting the "passion" paradox.
Thanks a lot for your words, MJ! Yes, maybe I'm being too radical about stopping practicing my hobbies. It'll definitely be reading that book you recommended to sort things out:)
 

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I hope you are still dancing too, it seems you find it really enjoyable. Having a hobby like dancing is great. It destresses you when you are working on your business. And you can even blog about it then monetize that blog through ads, so your passion doesn't have to be unprofitable at all. But you do have an edge if your niche is profitable in the first place.
 

Ellenit

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I hope you are still dancing too, it seems you find it really enjoyable. Having a hobby like dancing is great. It destresses you when you are working on your business. And you can even blog about it then monetize that blog through ads, so your passion doesn't have to be unprofitable at all. But you do have an edge if your niche is profitable in the first place.
Thanks for your idea and encouragement, CruxisKnight! You're right. A hobby can give you a break when work becomes stressful, especially if it evolves physical activity.
I'll be considering the blog idea!!:D
 

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