Business planning

How do you find what you want to do?

Mark Flores Warehouse Worker at Medtronic

October 12th, 2015

I have been wanting to start up my own at home business with an opportunity to grow later on in time . My question for everyone that have started their own is how were you able to find out what type of business you wanted to . You know that saying " if you work in something you love you'll never work again " , I think that's how it goes . Anyways is it that easy ? I have been thinking about a business startup for around 2 years now and so far I still have a blank slate. The drive is there I just don't know what to get into . Some guidance on startup and finding out what would suit me would be nice. Thanks everyone

Michael Brill Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products

October 12th, 2015

Dude, there are 50 kajillion people on this site killing themselves trying to execute on their ideas. Find one that sounds cool and help them.

Peter Johnston Businesses are composed of pixels, bytes & atoms. All 3 change constantly. I make that change +ve.

October 13th, 2015

Ever been in the position of thinking "I need a girlfriend - she'll do" rather than finding someone you really connect with and turning it into romance?

You're in love with the idea of running your own business. Probably, if you're a warehouse worker, because you don't like being told what to do.

That is dissatisfaction at your own underachievement, not a burning desire for a startup. And until you have that burning desire - that idea that you wake up in the middle of the night and have to work on, that you make an excuse to duck out from parties and nights out for, that you talk incessantly about to your friends, colleagues and anyone who will listen. 

That enthusiasm is what takes you through the hassles and helps you overcome the hurdles. Without you'll fail at every one.

Find your passion and turn it into your business. Don't start a business and hope to turn it into your passion.

Rob G

October 12th, 2015

if you intend to make a living at it then you need to start by solving a problem that people are willing to pay for.  Identify a clearly superior solution to an existing problem. looks like you currently work in a warehouse - there are lots of warehouses, a big market.  Look for problems in the warehouse and find a real solution and a way to monetize.  

Ankita Tyagi

October 12th, 2015

Mark - First off, hats off to you for keeping your start-up dream alive. Two years is a long time. I like all the suggestions thus far. Make sense.
I have a different take. I've had a clear idea since last year but to put it mildly, "life just kept getting in the way" and I simply had to put aside whatever I was planning to do and take care of things. However, I am grateful for this 1.5 year journey where I learnt so much that I had no idea about when I was first struck by the idea. Not only do I have greater self-awareness but also am much more aware of the pitfalls and have realistic expectations of time, commitment and my own ability. Having said that, I still want to go my own way and finally, I believe I am cleaning out the cobwebs to get closer to what I want. So hopefully, this year will be it. Fingers crossed!
Therefore, as per my limited wisdom, please don't force the idea or what you need to do. As Michael puts it, find a start-up, get some experience and one day, perhaps you'll have an idea that really drives you.
My idea was based on my personal experience, my own struggles and desire to do something about it to fix it. Perhaps, there is a pain point that you wish someone had a solution to....may be you could find that solution. And if you can't think of one today, no worries, it'll come when the time is right. Don't force it. Good luck!


October 12th, 2015

Yes, please check out my startup, too.

It's not a matter of finding your dream. It's a matter of uncovering your deepest desires- this could be what's important to you, or what you enjoy. Mostly we're aware of "what we want" in the context of a limited view of ourself, or a limited view of what's possible. If you can uncover your views and see them as the limited things that we've put together unconsciously over the course of a lifetime, you begin to see there's much more outside of them.

At least, that's what did it for me, and I did it with the help of powerful (short, inexpensive) courses from We're mostly unable to see the contexts in which we operate from inside of them. While I'm trained to identify contexts as a problem solver, they're still pretty invisible when immersed in them. Without the courses, I doubt I would have been able to find a solution to politics, and most people are unable to truly understand it. Luckily (and creatively), there are a number of ways around it.

But the real point is- free up your wants and desires and let go of your limits.

And then stop looking for what you want, and instead, create it.

Anton Yakovlev Founder of four successful businesses on two continents who can help you do the same

October 12th, 2015

Mark, I have a different approach. All you need do is just start with something. It doesn't need to be the one and only idea that will make you a billionaire from the first try. It just doesn't work that way. 

All you need is just to pick any of your ideas that look viable and try to think out how you could bring it into life. And actually try to do this. The probability of the failure is 95%, but you'll get the most valuable asset from this - your own experience. 

You cannot learn to walk without falling down. One you've already done this in your life. You just can do it once more. Either start doing it today, or just forget about it, until you're ready to take risk, which is exactly what entrepreneurship is. 

Hope that helps. If you want any particular advice or mentorship you're welcome to connect me any time. I'll do my best to help you.

And good luck, you will need it!


John Seiffer Business Advisor to growing companies

October 12th, 2015

Forget about finding your passion first. Do what you're good at. You'll enjoy it more. I say this having been an entrepreneur all my career starting and running companies I never thought I'd like. 

And ... being an entrepreneur isn't for everyone.  If it were there'd be no one for us to hire. [grin]

Mark Flores Warehouse Worker at Medtronic

October 12th, 2015

Thanks for the advice John . I do have a few things in mind that fall under the "what you're good at " category .
And you're right as well not everyone can be an entrepreneur . It may or may not be for me but I will never know if I don't try it out . I would rather fail than not try at all

Mark Talaba Founder, Vision Former, serial entrepreneur

October 12th, 2015

Hi Mark. A new technology created by The Gabriel Institute in Philadelphia can give you some very valuable answers. Teamability® is the product of 25 years of behavioral science research, including 9 years of tech R&D. It identifies and organizes 3 foundational elements of teaming. First, how a person teams with other individuals (Person to Person). Second, how a person connects to a team (as if 'the team’ has a life, and needs, of its own). Third, and most important, how a person will seek to make a meaningful contribution to team needs. By understanding these three teaming elements, you will have gained a clear sense of not only the kind of business you would find rewarding, but also the way in which you will most enjoy serving the team you have created. I would be happy to set you up to experience Teamability for yourself - no charge, and no obligation. Best of luck in all your endeavors. Mark Talaba

Brent Hultman Business and Leadership Coach/Consultant at Pursuits Coaching and Wellness Network

October 12th, 2015

Helping others and doing what you're good at are sound suggestions.  Finding something that has meaning for you and is energizing moves you from being in it as a way to make money and from being a vocation to doing something that energizes you and is a calling.  If you want that provides the gift of"something you love you'll never work again" think about things that you value, things that matter to you.  If you haven't read Simon Sinek's START WITH WHY that might be a good place to start the journey.  Also ask yourself, "What would I do if I weren't afraid?"  A lot of people limit themselves out of fear.