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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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Neil Newton on the Key to Happiness in Business

Last week I invited you to my first Periscope interview. My goal is to share with you examples of people who have boldly pursued their passions and the advice they have for others hoping to do the same. In case you missed it, below is the first interview in full with the owner of Paddle Up Nashville, Neil Newton.

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In this interview, Neil discusses how he and his partner Cindy have taken the things that are core to their lives and their passions and turned them into a business for profit. In doing so, he shares the process he went through, including re-framing fear as simply a challenge to overcome, and how past failures made it less intimidating to take present risks.

“When you sell for a living, you experience enough failures to go, ‘Okay, that didn’t work. I’ll go do something else.'”

Neil also discusses how he’s never let age be a factor in the pursuit of his passions, and talks about how the key to happiness in business is figuring out what you love to do and then getting someone to pay you to do it.

Some questions I ask:

  • Tell the story of how you decided to pursue your passion as a business.
  • What fears did you have and how did you overcome them?
  • How did your past experience prepare you?
  • How does your work help others?
  • What advice do you have regarding pursuing your passions later in life?
  • What advice do you have for someone contemplating a career change or starting a business related to a lifelong passion?

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In this interview you will learn:

  • How to apply what is core in your life to your work. (3:06)
  • How to take risks without having all the knowledge upfront. (3:35)
  • How to re-frame fear and instead view it as a challenge. (4:09)
  • How to gain knowledge about your passions. (4:54)
  • The importance of following your gut and the joy of sharing your passions with others. (5:47)
  • How failure gives you the courage to try something new. (7:05)
  • How helping others can be a joy. (7:31)
  • How to not let age to be a factor. (9:12)
  • The definition of success. (10:11)
  • How to pursue passions outside of work. (10:51)
  • Advice for others wanting to turn their passion into a business. (13:19)

Some of my upcoming interviews will include Katie Gonzalez, a bookbinder who creates meaningful handmade books and teaches others to make their own journals, photo albums, etc., and Joel Anderson, “Spirit of Nashville” artist and owner of Anderson Design Group. To receive notifications about upcoming interviews, follow me on Periscope (@paNASHcoaching) and subscribe to my newsletter!

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Be Inspired: Advice From Those Boldly Pursuing Their Passions

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This past week I stepped out of my comfort zone by getting in front of the camera for live broadcasts on Periscope (@paNASHstyle). I don’t like being on camera, but I do want to bring to my audience inspiration for pursuing their passions. I’ll try to get on camera on a regular basis, but much of my live broadcasts will be interviews with other people who have boldly pursued their passions, discussing how they faced their fears and their advice for people like you who are trying to pursue their passions.

Inspiration From Others’ Stories

One of the inspirations for this type of broadcast series is the story of a woman who has combined her strengths for conducting research and her passion for helping people. I first heard of Pam Slaton on the news program 20/20. She was being interviewed for her significant work of helping reunite adoptees and their birth mothers (I’m always moved by stories when long-lost family members are reunited – I cry like a baby!).

In working with my clients, I use a lot of career assessments, including the Holland Code. If I had to guess what Slaton’s Holland Code is based on her work, I would guess she is an ISE (Investigative, Social, and Enterprising). Investigative types are those who prefer investigation, research, exploration and discovery. Slaton has a background as a historian and genealogist. Social types are empathetic helpers. Slaton herself was an adopted child and is passionate about helping others find their natural/biological families. Enterprising types are energetic and risk-takers. Slaton is her own boss and works without a staff, putting in hours and hours of her own energy to help her clients.

Watch Live Interviews for Advice

It’s people like Slaton that I want to highlight and show what drives their passions and how they overcome their fears of pursuing those passions. This Wednesday I’ll be scoping my first live interview with a good friend, Neil Newton, the owner of Paddle Up Nashville. He’ll discuss how he and his partner Cindy Sorci discovered a new passion and quickly took it beyond just a hobby to a profitable business. He’ll also discuss the challenges and excitement of starting a new business in the latter part of his career and how it’s never too late to pursue your passions!

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Join me (@paNASHstyle) on Periscope this Wednesday at 9am from the docks of Rock Harbor Marina. If you can’t catch the live broadcast, no worries! I’ll be sure to post the recording to my YouTube channel and my Facebook Fan Page.

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Resources for Nashville Transplants

photo by Warne Riker, www.wrikerphoto.com

Whenever I meet someone new in Nashville, we always get to talking about where we are originally from (because let’s face it, it’s not often you meet a native Nashvillian) and how we each ended up in Music City. I love hearing people’s stories of how and why they came here.

Moving to Music City

My own story started about 10 years ago. I came to Nashville on vacation with a friend for the CMA Music Festival. In addition to attending the festival on Lower Broadway and at Nissan Stadium, I got to see some other parts of the city and fell in love with it. I could sense Nashville was on the verge of becoming an “it” city, and I wanted to be a part of that.

So, right after my vacation in June of 2006, I started casually looking around for jobs in Nashville. My job search kicked into high-gear a month later after breaking up with my then-boyfriend. I of course used all the job search tools and skills I teach my clients, and by late September I had two job offers on the table, one in the Vanderbilt Career Center and one in Vandy’s Owen School of Business’s career center.

Luckily, I was able to negotiate a mid-November start-date for my new job in the VCC, giving me enough time to fulfill previous work commitments at my old job, sell my condo in NC and find a place to live in Nashville (boy am I glad I got in on some Nashville real estate when I did!).

Pursuing Your Passions

I can’t explain the foresight I had on what this city was going to become. It was just something I felt deep down to my core, and I had such a desire to be here. Was it a little scary the thought of moving some place where I knew no one? It was A LOT scary! But it was even scarier to me to stay stuck where I was. My story along with so many others’ stories is a testament to listening to your gut and pursuing your passions.

Transplant Nashville

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! It’s amazing all the changes and growth I’ve witnessed over the past 10 years. One of the things recently taking shape here in Nashville is a movement created just for people who have relocated to Nashville called Transplant Nashville.

“Transplant Nashville is a movement of people seeking to build community and establish roots,” says co-founder Jordan Minton. “We all come from different places, and each of us has a different path. This movement is about finding where those paths intersect.”

Minton believes that when we tell people our stories, amazing things can happen, and I agree! Transplant Nashville is a real-life version of social media. It exists to help people find community in Nashville, whether you’ve been here 10 days or 10 years.

“Your story has the ability to impact other people, and we would love to share it,” says Minton. “We created this company to be a conversation-starter. Our hope is you would invite people to engage with you. So many of us are looking for a place to belong. The purpose of Transplant Nashville is to help people find their place.”

Transplant Nashville’s purpose is to help people find their place, and paNASH is here to help people (including those new to Nashville) find their purpose. It’s only natural for Transplant Nashville and paNASH to come together to create a strategic alliance. I am so impressed with all three founders of this organization and their heart for what they are doing. Check out their own stories at www.transplantnashville.com!

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4 Ways To Understand Your Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to over 125 people on how to articulate their uniqueness through personal and professional branding. After all, everyone will always have to answer the question, “What makes you unique?” Sometimes the wording of that question will vary depending on the situation.

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For instance, in a job interview it might be asked, “Why should we hire you?” For my former clients who were recording artists trying to secure a label deal, the label heads ask, “Why should we sign you?” For a budding entrepreneur, investors might ask, “Why should we invest in you?” In each case, what is really being asked is, “What makes you unique?” In other words, what is your personal brand?

Understanding Your Uniqueness

I work a lot with my clients on helping them determine the answer to that question (because they often find it’s not an easy one to answer), and then how to appropriately articulate it. While I have my own effective method of doing this, this morning I read a devotional entitled “Understand Your Child’s Uniqueness.” The ways it suggests to discern your children’s uniqueness are also ways we can use to understand our own uniqueness:

  1. What are your interests? Do you like numbers, colors, activities, etc.?
  2. What are your relationships like? Are you a leader, a follower, a team player, an independent spirit?
  3. What kind of environment do you thrive in? Do you prefer to stand out in a crowd or to blend in with a crowd? Do you do better at learning a subject as opposed to being tested on that subject?
  4. What are your strengths? (This is something I spend a lot of time on in helping my clients define and articulate their personal brand.)

A Good Example

This morning’s devotional stated, “Childhood tendencies often forecast adult abilities.” This is no big revelation. It makes perfect sense, and most of us already know this.

But I loved the example the writer of the devotional used to illustrate this point. As a boy, King David displayed two strengths:  fighting (against Goliath) and music. As a result, David grew up to be a victorious warrior in numerous battles against the enemy, and became a talented harpist and gifted songwriter, writing many of the Psalms. The example of David is a perfect one to show you don’t have to be and do just one thing.

I have a lot of clients who have spent years working in one area of their strengths or interests, but are ready to explore their other interests and develop new skills. They need help figuring out how to make this transition. This includes helping them articulate what makes them unique from others who are doing the same thing with the same abilities.

What Makes You Unique?

Do you know what sets you apart from others with similar interests and skills? If not, I’ll soon be sharing both in person and online my personal branding method designed to help you determine your uniqueness and how to articulate it.

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In-person workshops will be held through Nashville Community Education on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00-8:00 pm and Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00-8:00 pm. Cost is $45 (price includes both class dates). Registration is required at http://bit.ly/communityedclass.

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