17 Ways to Determine What You Should NOT be Doing as an Entrepreneur!

17 Ways to Determine What You Should NOT be Doing as an Entrepreneur!

Entrepreneur PassionExercise: Identify what you don’t want.

Part of living your passion and fulfilling your life’s purpose is to know what you do NOT like doing and are NOT good at. You want to identify your weaknesses, things you avoid and things you dislike so as to prevent you from draining your energy.

Let me give you an example. I discovered that I really did love the process of marketing. Now how do I turn that into a business that fulfills my life purpose? Well, I knew I didn’t want to ship products anymore, at least not durable goods. I didn’t want a lot of logistics. I didn’t want shipping damage, manufacturing delays and extensive customer service. I just wanted to focus on marketing and idea creation. Knowing what I didn’t want to do helped me to focus in on a business model that fit me best.

Now’s the time to make a list of everything you don’t like to do and are not good at. This next exercise is going to be the opposite of the last one you did. Again, don’t analyze, just dump out your thoughts and keep moving.

The answers to these questions will give you a clear idea of what areas of your business you will want to outsource or automate so as to minimize your involvement with them. Remember, our goal is to keep you focused on your passion. In order to do this you need to know what activities zap your energy.

  • Think about the activities that you are NOT good at. Write them down.

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  • What skills do you NOT have?

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  • What are your weaknesses?

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  • What tasks do you avoid?

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  • What characteristics would your friends, family and colleagues use to describe your faults or weaknesses?

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  • What do you hate to do? What makes you sad or frustrated? What causes you stress?

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  • What do NOT like to do for play or leisure? What about that do you NOT enjoy?

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  • What do you NOT like to read about?

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  • What have you secretly hoped would never happen?

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  • If you could avoid one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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  • What would you never do, even if you got paid millions of dollars for it?

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  • When you have spare time, what do you avoid?

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  • What do you not like to talk about?

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  • What do you hate doing for others?

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  • At the end of your life, what would be the one thing you never want to have done?

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  • Who do you NOT want to help, enable, or reach?

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  • What five life experiences have given you the least sense of fulfillment or growth?

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Now that you know what you are good at and what you want to avoid, how can you use those passions to fulfill your life purpose as an entrepreneur? What is the business that utilizes your passions while minimizing your weaknesses? Are you able to outsource these items to someone else, like a virtual assistant?

About Debra Zimmer

After 25 years of growing entrepreneurial businesses at companies such as Microsoft, where she attracted 700,000 members into an online community in 18 months and then grew a second one to 250,000 members in 10 months, Debra Zimmer then struck out on her own to grow an online retail store to 6-figures of income and put it on AUTOPILOT for 3 years. With an engineering degree and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Debra is the undisputed expert in helping experts, entrepreneurs and executives to focus their brilliance and magnify their impact using social media and internet marketing tactics.

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