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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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3 Excuses Keeping You In Your Comfort Zone

Yesterday I read a great post by Nashville’s own Allison Fallon entitled “3 Excuses That Keep Smart, Creative People Trapped.” I wanted to share her insights here because they’re so relevant for my readers.

When considering taking on a new coaching client, one of the questions I ask in the paNASH intake form is “Which do you wish you had more of:  time, money, or confidence?”

The reason I ask this question is because I’m trying to determine what might be an obstacle (whether real or perceived) that’s standing in your way of getting out of your comfort zone and pursuing your passions.

But sometimes obstacles can become excuses.

I loved how Fallon addressed the three most common excuses:  lack of money, not enough time, and fear.

Lack of Money Excuses

Fallon makes the point that “we allocate money for the things we decide matters.”

She then poses the question, “How would it change your money excuse if you were able to believe you matter?”

I see people who have no problems spending money on pet therapy for their dog. But they don’t believe they deserve an investment in career coaching. They give their pets things and experiences they know the pet will love. But they don’t think they’re worth the money to pursue their own passions.

One of my colleagues always says, “Show me your bank account and I’ll show you what matters to you.”

Not Enough Time Excuses

This same colleague also says, “Show me your calendar and I’ll show you what’s important to you.”

Unlike money, we’re all given an equal amount of time, so it’s a little harder to make this excuse fly.

It’s here where I want to insert an excerpt from Fallon’s article to really get to the heart of this particular excuse:

“I don’t have enough time to paint or draw or write or start a business because I am an incredibly busy, productive person and I don’t see how that thing is going to produce measurable results in my life.”

To this excuse, I would say: we live in a culture that is obsessed with productivity. Everything is measured by how much money it can generate, how much progress it can help us make. Thank you industrialization. And while there’s nothing wrong with productivity, the problem I see comes when we begin to worship productivity and forget that some of the most valuable things in life produce results so slowly, they are hard to measure.

In fact, consider some things that might be considered “un-productive”:

  • Getting more sleep
  • Taking a long walk
  • Daily journaling
  • Spending time with our children
  • Reading books
  • Working out
  • Saying “no” to an opportunity
  • Going to therapy

Are these things un-productive, or are they just slow-producing?

Over time, we will begin to see the fruits of our labor. But if we are desperate to see progress right away, we might feel disappointed. Some of the most valuable progress we can make in our life often happens under the surface, where nobody (including us) can see it.

Fear Excuses

Fallon says that once you’re able to say you’re afraid, you’re being more honest because the first two excuses are usually based in fear.

Fear of what?

It could be fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, etc.

It’s important to remember that everyone has fear, and it’s always going to rear its ugly head. It’s knowing how to view fear as Fallon describes in her article. And how to deal with and overcome fear as I explain in my recent post “Overcoming Fear“.

This can eliminate the excuses and get you out of your comfort zone!

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to stop making excuses, and start making yourself worth “it,” whatever “it” means for you?

If you still have concerns about money, time or fear, the best way to get started is with small commitments. You can access paNASH’s on-demand videos on various topics that are affordable (some are free!) and allow you test the waters and work at your own pace. Click here to learn more.

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Failure = Success

Well, Monday night’s NCAA championship game didn’t turn out as I had hoped. My Carolina Tar Heels lost and I was sad. My heart broke for the players, especially the seniors, as tears welled up in their eyes immediately after the buzzer went off and they realized the game was no longer tied when their opponents made a 3-point shot in the last second of the game. I woke up the next morning hoping it had all been a bad dream, but it wasn’t.

And it also wasn’t a failure for Carolina, despite the fact that our society thinks losers are failures. Do 4.7 seconds and 3 points take away all the previous successes Carolina had this season? Does it strip them of their regular season championship and their conference championship? Does it erase all 62 wins against the other teams in the tournament to get them to the national championship game? No.

Redemptive Perspective

In working with my clients, I often have them share with me their greatest accomplishments. And then I have them share with me their greatest failures, along with the redemptive perspective of each failure. The redemptive perspective is the good thing (or things) that came out of their failures. That’s what we focus on, because those are successes. It’s taking failure, and redefining it as something else:  a learning experience, a blessing in disguise, a newly developed skill, maybe even a “dodged bullet.”

When we approach failure in this way, it no longer is something to be feared, but something to be embraced. Life would be pretty boring if we didn’t experience both success and failure. We’d be walking around steeped in pride without any real wisdom.

Failure = Success

I know after the hurt and disappointment begins to subside, the players of the 2015-2016 Carolina team will eventually be able to look back on Monday night’s loss and see its redemptive perspective, remembering the words of their predecessor, Carolina basketball legend Michael Jordan:

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

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Finding The SWEET SPOT Of Your Purpose

What is the SWEET SPOT of your purpose? In last week’s blog we talked about the 11 benefits of pursuing your passions, including one particular benefit:  fulfillment of your vocational purpose(s). Like I stated last week, it is so very rewarding and fulfilling when you are doing the things you are called to do, particularly in your work. This fulfillment occurs when you are using your unique skillset to do what you love and what benefits others, which in turn yields a return.

Visualizing The SWEET SPOT

To help you see this visually, I’m using a figure I recently saw posted on Instagram. It’s a figure you may also have seen before. I don’t know who came up with this diagram, but wish I did so I could give him or her credit! It is a simple explanation of the meaning of purpose:

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That blue star you see right there in the middle? That’s what I call the SWEET SPOT! Now, your star may fall on another spot elsewhere on this diagram, and that’s okay. But if you’re goal is for your star to fall into the SWEET SPOT, then it’s time to start working toward that goal.

How to arrive at your SWEET SPOT

What does this entail? First and foremost, a lot of self-reflection and self-assessment. Then, figuring out what others need to help them solve a common problem and how willing they are to invest in that solution. After that, it’s a game of connect-the-dots.

There are numerous resources out there to help you connect those dots. Several of which I will be sharing in this blog, to my newsletter subscribers, and to my clients. Next week, I’ll be showing you the zone you need to be in to get to your sweet spot, called the “LEARNING ZONE.” Stay tuned!

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