I have long been a believer that in business, everything comes down to a formula. There is a formula for making more money. There is a formula for business success, and there are other simple formulas that apply to businesses universally.

One of the simplest formulas out there, however, is that passion plus business equals success.

What is passion in business, however, and how do you know that you are passionate about your business?

Passion in business is easy to distinguish. It is that burning desire to get started working on your idea. It is the thing that gets you up at 5AM to work on your project, and keeps you working on it late into the night, without feeling exhausted. It’s an energy that comes from inside. It is something other people can see too, and it attracts supporters, like a moth to a flame.

When you are passionate about your business, working on it does not really feel like work at all, it feels like something that you are meant to do. It feels as though you have finally found your place in the world, and that you are doing exactly what you should be.

That is exactly why so many of us hate our day jobs. We are not working on our passion, but someone else’s.

True – not all business success is attributable to passion alone. Some natural talent is involved too – however, when you feel a real passion for your business, problems are not obstacles; they are simply challenges to be overcome. You find yourself thinking about your business all the time, devising new strategies, ideas, products and services, but it does not feel like work.

Many people go through life without ever discovering their true passions. They are usually stuck in jobs they hate, and all that negative energy tends to spill over into their personal and social lives too. However, while there is a lot more to finding your passion than a simple question, ask yourself: what would you love to do every day of your life?

The real secret to identifying your true passions in life is to ask yourself that question, and take money out of the equation for a moment. What would you love to do every day of your life, if money was of no consequence? Once you have answered that question, all you need to do to begin living and working on your passions is to find a means to make that a reality.

It has been said that people who are truly passionate about what they do would do it even if they did not earn any money from it. While that may be true, in the vast majority of cases, you will find that people whose businesses are built on their passions enjoy more success, greater financial freedom, and all the material things we all want, rather than the other way around.

The biggest problem that most people face, in discovering and following their passion in business, is risk aversion. We are afraid of what will happen when we start to follow our passions. We are worried that things will turn out badly, or that we will fail. The trick is not to worry.

Once you know what your passions are, and are focused on them, you will start to find that things naturally have a way of falling into place. Worry can be a stumbling block, so put it out of your mind. Just focus on what you know you want in your life, and allow opportunities to flow naturally to you.

The idea that being in a business that you love and being financially free at the same time should be hard or that you should struggle to succeed is flawed. When you are doing what you are truly passionate about, your life should be easier, rather than harder! Why would you go into a business you do not like, and struggle for twenty, thirty or forty years to succeed, only to enjoy a few short years of retirement? You should be enjoying your business and your life now, and to do that, you need to follow your passions.

So, whether you are already in business, working on a business idea, or still just dreaming of success, ask yourself, are you doing what you are really passionate about? If the answer is no, then perhaps it is time for a change. Maybe you need to overhaul your business, or shift the focus of your business idea, or maybe you just need to find your passion. Whatever it is you need to do, know that doing it will set you free, to live the life you deserve.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew McCombe is the owner of Activate Your Business where they teach new and existing business owners to Start, Grow and / or Automate their business(es) with EASE, so they can live a life of EASE. For more information and to get a free copy of the 10 EASY Steps to Your Perfect Business EBook, visit http://www.activateyourbusiness.com.au