Think of entrepreneurship like any other pursuit in life. If you want to succeed, you need to believe in what you're doing. Feeling passionate about your business, product, and industry will help you find motivation when the going gets tough.

So the big question becomes "How do you transform your personal passions into profitable business opportunities?"

If answering that question were easy, the entire world would be self-employed. In reality, it can be a frustrating thing to think about. You might feel like you'll never find the answer.

When I was trying to figure out what to do, my dad said to me, “It takes five times longer to find a great throwing stone than a mediocre one.” This made perfect sense. I knew I needed to be patient and not lose faith because once I found that great idea — my "entrepreneurial place" — my company would become my passion, and I would work five times harder.

As an aspiring entrepreneur, business ideas probably pop into your head every day. When they do, it's important to ask yourself whether you’re actually passionate about this product or it's just a fun random idea you had.

A few years ago, I fell asleep on an airplane with earbuds in, and when I woke up, I was in some serious pain. Immediately, I thought: "Lots of people listen to music when they go to sleep, and lots of people travel on airplanes every day. I should create a pair of headphones that are comfortable to sleep in!"

For the next few hours, I thought about all the people who could benefit from this product, and I was so excited about starting this company. But eventually, the excitement wore off once I realized I wasn't passionate about headphones. In the end, I decided this wouldn't be a good business for me to start.

As soon as you finish reading this article, take a moment to identify the things you are truly passionate about. Literally write them down. Then, remind yourself that the whole point of launching a business is to solve a problem.

Once I did this, my entrepreneurial path became much clearer.

I've always been passionate about volunteering and giving back to my community, but I noticed that every opportunity out there was geared toward adults. Sure, parents could bring their kids along for the ride, but nothing was encouraging kids themselves to get involved. So I set out to solve this problem by launching a nonprofit called Kids4Community.

A couple years later, I found myself feeling that entrepreneurial itch again. But this time, it was much easier to find my place. As a young triathlete, I was witnessing firsthand how few companies were specifically geared toward people my age, so I started Kids Tri Hard, an athletic gear brand that caters to young athletes.

There is a clear pattern in these stories: Each business aims to solve a problem that's near and dear to my heart.

No matter your age, finding your entrepreneurial place is all about improving something you truly love. You’ll feel so much more motivated — and rewarded — by a business that feeds your passions.

So take the time to find the right stone. It will be worth the wait.

Author's Bio: 

Kenan Pala is the 13-year-old founder of Kids4Community, a nonprofit that helps kids and their families give back to their communities in meaningful ways. Kenan also founded Kids Tri Hard, a clothing line that provides more affordable clothing options for youth triathletes. As a result of his passion for entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Kenan was recognized as one of the top 10 youth volunteers in the U.S. by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.