Book Recommendations, Business, Career

Find a Career or Business Idea Based on Your Top 5 Interest Areas

I read The Passion Manifesto: Escape the Rat Race, Uncover Your Passion and Design a Career and Life You Love by Thibaut Meurisse yesterday.

I found it in the Kindle Lending Library and thought it might be a good read on the Work Happiness topic.

It explores the topic of how to find work that you love. It starts at the beginning with getting the right mindset and ends with the creation of a plan to get to your dream job.

There is even a separate workbook that you can download by visiting his website, It takes you through the process step by step.

I haven’t finished the book yet, but I just had to share a tool from it that I found super helpful! It was one that I hadn’t seen before and it probably is one of the best tools I have come across.

I’m calling it the Top 5 Tool (the author didn’t name it). I was so excited to share the Top 5 Tool that I could hardly sleep!

This tool explores your top 5 interests and helps you brainstorm potential careers related to your top 5 interests. I believe it could be used to generate business ideas too.

It is a simple, straightforward exercise:

  1. Put a bubble in the middle of a sheet of paper
  2. Label it with “Things I love”
  3. Attach 5 bubbles to it
  4. In each of the 5 bubbles write down one of your interest areas
  5. As you’re filling in your 5 bubbles, think about why you like this area so much and place those thoughts below the interest area
  6. For each of the 5 bubbles, write down 3 career ideas

If you are stuck on the interests area part, don’t overthink it. Just write down the things that you do in your spare time. What hobbies do you do? What do you read about in your free time? What are things you just can’t learn enough about?

After you have all your interest areas filled in. Go back to each one and write why you like this area. What interests you about it? What exactly do you like about the topic?

The final step is the fun part – brainstorming potential business ideas or career paths! Go a bit crazy, have fun and see what you come up with. There are no wrong answers and you don’t have to share with anyone.

But if you’re curious, I decided to share mine:

In case you’re wondering, I built mine in PowerPoint. If you’re interested in the file to complete your own please let me know and I’ll post it.

Please let me know if you have used this tool or tried it and if it helped you out with your Work Happiness Project!

Here’s the link, if you would like to read The Passion Manifesto: Escape the Rat Race, Uncover Your Passion and Design a Career and Life You Love

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