Hello Startup Nation. I`m a first-time poster with a lot on my mind, so please allow me to get a few things off my chest.
I am 48 years old and in dire need of a career change. I`ve been with the same company now for 25 years. I`ve busted my hump for this global entertainment company and have carved out a pretty nice life for my family. A lot of people would kill for a job/life like mine. So what`s the problem? I`ve reached the boiling point. What I thought was exciting and fun when I was in my 20s and 30s, I find intollerable in my 40s. I merely in it for the paycheck at this point.
I dream about being my own boss and doing what I what to do. I have several hobbies which I am passionate about. Even fanatical about. I have racked my brain trying to come up with a viable business out of them.
I cannot, at this stage of my life, risk a six figure job, 25-year pension with great benefits, on a business that may or may not work. I would love to start a web-based soda shop and provide hundreds of hard-to-find brands from all over the world. It`s not original. I did find some online. Would I love doing it? You bet. Will it pay the bills and send my son to college. Who knows. Is the country crying out for a cucumber flavored soda for south american????
I actually do have a question for the Nation. I have what I think is a fresh idea in the internet dating arena. I really think I could make it work. The problem is, I`m not passionate about the "internet dating" business. I am however passionate about the potential this idea has. Is it bad to follow a business idea that you are not "passionate" about?