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John Lee Dumas

A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment

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The Common Path to Uncommon Success by John Lee Dumas is a guidebook that offers a step-by-step process for achieving financial freedom and fulfillment by building a thriving business based on passion and purpose.

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    Identify your big idea by matching your passions with your skills.

    At some point, you’ve probably had an idea and thought, Maybe I could turn this into a profitable business. But there are some common pitfalls when it comes to identifying the big ideas that are really worth pursuing.

    The first involves only choosing something you’re passionate about. Sure, you might love muffins – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the knowledge and experience required to open a muffin bakery.

    The second mistake occurs when you believe your big idea needs to be something you’re good at, even if it’s not a true passion. For example, if you’re good at coding, you might decide your big idea is to build websites. But if that doesn’t really excite you, you’ll probably lose steam further down the road. So how can you figure out which ideas really have a bright future?

    The key message here is: Identify your big idea by matching your passions with your skills.

    To get started on identifying your best ideas, consider your top skills and decide which of them excites you the most. The best idea combines something you care about and have experience in. Once you find that, you enter what the author calls your zone of fire.

    Some people spend months, or even years, trying to pinpoint this sweet spot between enthusiasm and proficiency. But locating your zone of fire should only take a few minutes of your time – and all you need is a pen and paper.

    Here’s how to do it.

    Draw a vertical line through the center of the page. Write the word “passion” at the top of the left column and “expertise” above the right-hand column. Set a timer for five minutes, and press start. Write down everything you’re passionate about – including activities or causes that enthused you as a kid or young adult. If you had nothing scheduled for tomorrow, and no responsibilities, how would you spend your day?

    Reset the timer, and use the next five minutes to write down everything you’re an expert in. What are you really good at?

    The last step is to look at your passions and areas of expertise, and consider which from the first column combine well with competencies from the second.

    The author discovered that he was passionate about chatting with successful entrepreneurs. And his time in the US Army and subsequent stint in corporate finance had taught him valuable public-speaking skills. Once he put these things together, it clicked: he’d create a podcast and interview entrepreneurs who’d cracked the code to success.

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    What is The Common Path to Uncommon Success about?

    The Common Path to Uncommon Success (2021) arms you with the tools to create valuable content and turn it into financial independence. Drawing on more than 3,000 interviews with successful entrepreneurs, it lays bare the path to transforming your big idea into a profitable business.

    Who should read The Common Path to Uncommon Success?

    • Entrepreneurs looking to make their big idea a reality
    • Career professionals seeking an escape from the daily grind
    • Content creators eager to up their game

    About the Author

    John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, which has more than 3,000 episodes and over 100 million listens to date. After many years of active duty in the US Army, Dumas worked in corporate finance and real estate; he also spent a year in law school before deciding to escape the nine-to-five and become an entrepreneur. He’s the author of Podcast Launch: A Complete Guide to Launching Your Podcast.

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