It happens to the best and most invested of us. We temporarily lose that spark - the inner feeling that got us involved in starting the business in the first place. Losing your passion can happen for a variety of reasons - a poor financial month, artist’s block, a difficult client, or just monotony. Even when working out of your home or in a field you’ve always dreamed of or running a successful business, it can be challenging to remain excited at all times. There will be instances when you feel like you’ve made the wrong decision or want to re-think your path. If you are feeling incredibly stuck and down, it’s time for a big change. Check out our thoughts below in how to re-ignite that passion for your business, as learned from friends, family, and ourselves during the path of entrepreneurship and success.
Change up your Schedule
This is the simplest thing you can do to gain back that original passion. A lot of times, business owners and entrepreneurs lose their spark because they are doing the same thing every day and chastising themselves for not completing all tasks at hand and achieving goals. Do something different. If you are constantly working out of your home, take a break and work from a co-op space or a local cafe. Meeting new people, whether they have a direct impact on your business or not, feels good and creates a break from hanging around “me, myself, and I.” If you work full-time and always push yourself to do your passion project after work, give yourself a break to see people, binge that Netflix show you’ve been eyeing, or sign-up for that weird yoga class you keep seeing on your Facebook live feed. Schedule your work for the weekends, instead.
Sometimes, it’s not so much about losing passion, as losing focus. Having a week where you can’t seem to get on track or complete a project is incredibly frustrating. Speaking from experience, we’ve had a couple weeks where the weather was awful and we couldn’t get outside, we had been working non-stop, and we wanted to do literally anything other than our jobs. If this happens, cut yourself some slack. If you take day to yourself and it hasn’t accomplished much, then take a longer break. Often, you need a break from your work to remind you why you love it.
Take a Break
Sometimes, changing your schedule just doesn’t cut it. You can’t mentally take a break and separate yourself from the business. You are constantly down on yourself for not accomplishing what you believe you should have. This is not healthy, but do you know what is? A break. If your business allows for it, step away for a week or two. If you have staff, have them manage your customer-facing positions for a bit. If your budget allows for it, go on a trip - whether close or far - to get away from it all. However much time your business allows for, take that time to refocus and determine if you’re on the right path.
Much like your business, you yourself need pivot points. You should always be changing, learning, and growing. If you remain stagnant, you will feel listless and unfulfilled. Challenge yourself - sign up for new courses or certifications, join a meet up or networking group, and decide in which way you’d like to grow. If we had never signed up for those $50.00 LLC courses, we never would have started this business! If we hadn’t adopted our puppy, Edgar, or taken up a new sport, diving, we likely wouldn’t have started our non-profit business for a long time. Do something new, get inspired, and redirect!
Start a Side Project
As we mentioned above, we have a non-profit business that we run. DevoKit was doing well, but we wanted to do something that had a direct impact on the things we care about. After getting and falling in love with Edgar, being certified for diving, and having the privilege to travel to some beautiful countries, we wanted to change the environmental degradation we saw, and give back to non-profits we loved. Starting this side project sparked our passion back in our favourite thing: entrepreneurship. We were feeling ecstatic about our lives, our choices, and our path. DevoKit continued to succeed, because we are passionate about it, and Rescue Crate benefits from the financial support of DevoKit, and we hope that it will grow. In the mean time, it’s a great way for us to give back, try something new, and learn the ins-and-outs of a completely different business model. There is no harm in trying! Do not take on debt for your side business, start small and see where it goes. You may be surprised! If our side project doesn’t scale, then worst case we learned new things, met some awesome business owners, and gave back to non-profits we care about. Best case? We make a huge impact where it counts.