The only way to make money is to stop thinking about how to make money, and start thinking about how to make MEANING.
By which I don’t necessarily mean yours. Do we want you to do something you love? Sure. But successful business models aren’t all about you; they’re about what you can do for other people. What meaning can you bring to their lives?
I don’t care how much you love something–will you be able to create a successful business model out of gargling triple sec? Not a chance–even if it’s top shelf, imported from some obscure little country in Europe, filtered over diamonds, and then blessed by three virgins. Even if, you guys.
So if you’re going to start a business, start a business mentality, first—not that of a bratty hobbyist whining they can’t have their cake and eat it, too.
That isn’t to say you can’t combine what you love with business—but it’s to say you’ve got to give a little.
Put a little less you, and a little more of your customer into the equation.
Remember: You can’t take anyone’s money without taking their heart, first.
Turns out, business is a love story.
Don’t be a selfish lover.
To concrete things a little more, consider this: What could you do, make, or spearhead that would be indispensable to your customers & your industry? Something so useful, they can’t help but put you in their bookmark bar? That’s the goal. Operation: BOOKMARK BAR. So come on – brainstorm with me in the comments below. And then do it.