I currently work in finance for a respectable company and make a decent salary. By decent I don't mean the salary that is portrayed in a movie like Wall Street but enough to live comfortably. I enjoy my work but lately I've been feeling that the 40 to 50 hours a week that I spend in the office is going nowhere. I read a story about an individual who worked in banking and decided to open his own business with the money he saved. Ironically he was working more hours at his personal business, but it didn't feel like "work" because he was essentially investing in his own "empire." The thing that caught my attention was the fact that he was inspired to open a shop selling lobster rolls. I feel like if you have a passion for something, along comes the drive, and then comes the success. But what if you don't have a passion but simply want to own your own business? Is it possible? How did you small business owners get started with your own business? Was it something like, "You know what, I love doing ______ and I don't see any ______ shops in the area. I'm gonna open the first one."