Several readers mentioned that they have several passions, interests and/or ideas and they wanted to know how to determine which one to pursue.
My advice would be to pursue them all until one starts to show a little promise. At that time, feed that new sprout with more attention. In other words, where there’s smoke, pour gasoline. If your fledgling enterprise ignites, you will naturally be swept up and it will immediately consume all your energies and stoke your passions. It can be a scary time because you realize you will have to abandon your other pursuits to do justice to this one. But, on the other hand, it is exhilarating to be involved with something that is taking off.
In the earliest days of my starting my ice cream company, I was also pursuing three other enterprises at the same time. One involved importing cashmere; another involved free lance writing, and the final one involved marketing a toy I was enamored with. At the time, I thought the biggest upside resided with the toy. I saw ice cream as a part time business at most. But one thing led to another and before I knew it, there wasn’t room for anything else. I was living, breathing, eating, sleeping, and loving ice cream for the next nine years.
When I started my telecom company, it was only meant to be a part time involvement whose purpose was merely to throw off enough income each month to support my family modestly thereby buying me time while I figured out what to do with the rest of my life.
Again, the next nine years got totally dedicated to the joys (and pains) of growing that business. Nature figured out for me what I should do with my life.
Just pursuing an interest is enough. If it has potential, then that potentiality will show itself soon. If it doesn’t, then you know you need to make a course correction.