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5 Ways to Discover New Passions in Your Life

Originally published on The Daily Positive.

Is it time for you to learn something new or try something again? Is there a place you’ve never visited? I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, explore your surroundings, and talk to interesting people. Here’s how doing so can lead to new passions:

1. Try something new.

When we open ourselves up to new experiences, we discover passions we never imagined! If I was told three years ago I would be spending my free time stand-up paddle boarding down the river, I wouldn’t believe it. And if I was told this new passion would trigger a career change, I really wouldn’t believe it. This all came from taking a beginner paddle boarding class.

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2. Try something old.

The first time I tried rock climbing I was horrible and thought I could never do it. A couple years later, I tried again, and surprisingly, I could! What was the difference? Just a little tweak in my approach. I listened to what an expert said about using my legs more than my arms. This made a huge difference!

Don’t assume because you failed at something once, you’ll fail again. Try a different approach!

3. Travel.

I know a woman who discovered a unique passion when she traveled to Italy. While there, she learned the time-honored art of bookbinding by hand. First, bookbinding became a hobby for her, and now it’s her full-time job! If she had never visited Italy, she may still be stuck in her previously miserable career.

New places or even a simple change of scenery can lead you down a path you never knew existed. You don’t have to travel far away, new passions can be discovered somewhere within driving distance too.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings.

When you pay attention to your surroundings, you’ll discover new opportunities for new passions to arise. Sometimes just inquiring about something that catches your eye can lead to a newly discovered passion.

Many cities and local colleges host community classes on topics within arts, languages, computers, etc. In the past, I’ve taken a photography class, an archery class, and even a fly-fishing class. I’ve also taught some classes! This year I plan to take a marketing class and a financial success class. Pay attention to the opportunities around you!

5. Talk to people.

A few years ago a friend of mine and his girlfriend were traveling in Florida when they noticed a van with the picture of a stand-up paddle boarder on it. They inquired about it and discovered a place where they could learn to paddle board. The first day, they fell in the water several times but went back a second day to try again. They quickly became so passionate about this experience they decided to open their own paddle boarding company. They talked to everyone in the business to learn as much as they could. Nine months later, they opened their own paddle shop with much success! Their success happened just from expressing an interest and learning from the people around them.

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Everyone has the opportunity to discover new passions.

Find more ways to do so in the complimentary on-demand webinar 5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Work and Life.

Click here for more ways to pursue new passions.

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Discover New Passions

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This week’s paNASH blog is actually a link to an article on “5 Ways to Discover New PassionsI recently wrote for The Daily Positive, a popular blog site first created by Dale Partridge and designed to include writings that inspire you to live a life of purpose.

I’ve always enjoyed reading the insightful posts from the writers and contributors of TDP, and am honored to have my article featured along side theirs. Click on over to read it and sign up for their newsletter so you can receive even more inspirational and helpful articles!

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P.S.

The tips in this article are just a small sampling of what I cover in my complimentary webinar “5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work.” If you missed the first webinar, don’t worry! I’ll be hosting it again the evening of September 8th.

And yes, I know that’s the same night as the NFL season opener, but don’t despair. I want to see that Panthers-Broncos rematch too! We’ll be done an hour before kickoff. So get off the sidelines and start actively participating in the trajectory of your life and career! (Click here to register.)

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Faith and Failure: The Road to Success for Joel Anderson

Last week I had the honor to sit down with Spirit of Nashville illustrator and owner of Anderson Design Group, Joel Anderson, where he discussed how both faith and failure lead to success in pursuing your passions. I especially loved his description of what he and his staff do with their so-called failures (the artwork that didn’t quite hit the mark):  they stick it in the freezer!

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Joel also shares in this interview how he started his business with no money and how his pursuit of his passion was an adventure that increased his faith and his exuberance in taking chances, doing things to the best of his ability, and then leaving the rest to God.

“Everything in humanity is a process of growing, stumbling forward and learning as you go by making mistakes…Failures are just ways of teaching you how not to do something.”

Joel talks about how to take calculated risks. He says there will always be reasons why you shouldn’t take chances, but be bold in taking them, while remaining prudent, recognizing confirmation, and ensuring there’s a sense of peace in your decision.

Some questions I ask:

  • Who is the man behind the “Spirit of Nashville” prints and what has been your career path?
  • What kind of fears did you have when starting your own design company, and again when you decided to re-organize and focus just on your passion for illustrative poster design and product development?
  • How did you overcome those fears?
  • Had you waited for the “perfect timing” of starting your own business, what would have happened?
  • What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from failure?
  • Tell me about your experience traveling to all the country’s national parks while working on your most recent coffee table book. What was that like? What makes you glad you did it?
  • How do you think your work helps others? 
  • What advice would you have for someone trying to pursue their own passions as a career option?

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In this interview you will learn:

    • How Joel made the decision to leave a secure job to pursue his own passions. (1:19)
    • Ways to pursue your passions on the side of a full-time job. (1:30)
    • How to overcome the fear of leaving a secure job. (1:44)
    • How defining moments in life can spark your decision to pursue your passion. (2:09)
    • What it’s like to start a business with no money. (2:41)
    • Why you can’t wait until the perfect timing or until your circumstances are perfect to start your own business. (3:33)
    • How the worst-case scenario can be a little less scary. (3:40)
    • How you can’t be successful without failures and mistakes. (3:48)
    • What to do with your failures. (5:29)
    • How to enlarge your territory with your gifts and talents. (7:06)
    • How an entrepreneur can work collaboratively and avoid isolation. (10:10)
    • How creative work contributes to the whole economy. (11:01)
    • How to give back with the gifts you’ve been given. (11:38)
    • How to know if you’ll be successful at your passion. (12:12)
    • Ways to begin putting your passion into action. (12:53)
    • Ways to spur creativity. (14:03)
    • Where to purchase Joel’s designs. (14:54)
    • How to make your own creations accessible to the public. (15:29)
    • How you can give back. (15:58)

Joel mentioned in the interview above that he was raised to always give back, and true to that form he is generously giving copies of his 10th Anniversary Edition of his The Spirit of Nashville:  The Art & Soul of Music City poster book to those who make a donation to the paNASH fund. This fund is designed to provide job search skills to those served by local non-profit organizations. For more information on how to donate and receive a copy of Joel’s book (while supplies last), click here.

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Turning Your Passion Into A Business

This week I talked with Katie Gonzalez of linenlaid&felt on how she turned her passion into a business. I first met Katie when I signed up for one of her classes on how to make your own books and journals through her bookbinding techniques. What Katie does is amazing! She creates beautiful hand-bound books out of leather and various types of paper and fabrics. They are gorgeous works of art that are also functional as journals, photo albums, sketch books, and more. She not only sells her creations, but also teaches others how to make their own.

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In this interview, Katie discusses how she discovered such a unique art during her travels to Italy, and how she’s turned this art into a passion and a successful business. In doing so, she shares the process she went through, including leaving her full-time job as a graphic designer where she wasn’t very happy working for someone else, to become a full-time creative and creator.

“Life is too short not to do something you’re passionate about!”

You’ll also get to meet Katie’s dog Porter. He decided to crash our interview in the hopes of getting some attention! I almost edited that part out, but it was too funny to leave on the cutting room floor! Katie also discusses how those who don’t consider themselves to be creative or artistic can discover an art form that uses a different skillset and can also be functional.

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Some questions I ask:

  • How did you discover the art of bookbinding and why did it become such a passion for you?
  • What made you decide to leave your job as a graphic designer to pursue bookbinding as a career?
  • What fears did you have and how did you overcome them?
  • What is your philosophy on discovering new passions?
  • What do you think your classes teach in addition the art and skill of bookbinding?
  • What advice do you have for someone contemplating a career change or starting a business related to their passions?

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In this interview you will learn:

  • How a form of art can also be functional. (1:12)
  • Ways to incorporate your passion into your current work. (1:45)
  • How to make the transition from turning your passion into a business. (3:00)
  • What kind of fears come with starting your own business. (5:25)
  • How Katie’s dog Porter, a beautiful bullmastiff, stole the scene! (My apologies for camera shake but he insisted in making me point the camera in his direction!) (5:54)
  • How Katie’s past experience prepared her for starting her own business. (6:14)
  • Porter’s close-up with the camera! (6:44)
  • How Katie’s books can be used in various ways. (7:57)
  • How to discover new passions through learning. (9:37)
  • About Katie’s classes she offers to others wanting to learn how to make their own books. (10:55)
  • How Katie has developed new passions she’d never previously considered. (13:08)
  • Advice Katie has for others wanting to turn their passion into a business. (14:24)
  • How to learn more about the art of bookbinding. (17:59)
  • What Katie’s books look like as a finished product. (18:53)
  • How to buy Katie’s creations (if you don’t want to make your own books). (19:54)
  • How to sign up for Katie’s classes (if you DO want to learn this beautiful and functional art form). (20:45)

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