Posts tagged: passion
I’m starting my 2011 goals early this year. Longer post to come, but 2011 will be the year I get back to my old goals and true passions. Here’s what I am setting out to accomplish:
- Write the album I’ve always wanted to write and record it by the end of the year.
- Sleep 8 hours every night.
- Stop overextending myself when it comes to taking on projects and planning events (no matter how cool or fun they sound).
- Schedule more time to hang out with friends, old and new.
- Spend more time with family.
- Become a certified Les Mills Body Balance instructor.
I just felt the need to jot that down before I forget.
What are your goals for 2011?
As my loyal followers know, I am usually the one telling others to live their true passions. Not only do I tell them, but my actions show them that dreams can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude. Up until recently, I thought I was pursuing what I ultimately wanted. But in reality, in the midst of my hard work and dedication to Egolabel and various side projects over the last year, I actually lost sight of what my passions really are. I know that I love working for myself and being an entrepreneur. I also know that I love to write web content and have a knack for marketing. But did you know that my enthusiasm for helping others and promoting healthy living far outweigh my love for technology? Perhaps. But you probably don’t know that I have been singing since I was a young child and have a strong passion for writing songs as well as performing them for others. And so, my friends, I want to change that. I am on a mission to show you what true passion really looks like.
Over the last week, you may have noticed that I haven’t been updating Twitter or Facebook as much as I used to - and this is no accident. I have taken a welcome step away in order to take a breath and relax. I have also been contemplating my career path as well as my purpose in this life.
And so, I am back on the market, hoping to find a job in the health/wellness/fitness field that I can lend my writing, marketing, and other creative talents to. I am also working toward obtaining my yoga certification and some sort of group fitness certification. If I can find a job I truly have a passion for, working a 9-5 would not be so horrible now would it? Or, even if I worked as a bartender, server, or barista at a coffee shop, I would be happy in knowing that I would have time to work toward my health, fitness, and music goals.
Living the life of an entrepreneur is not an easy task. Working for yourself, especially in the beginning, takes more time out of your life than one may think. Weekends are no longer free. Evenings can no longer be used to just simply relax with a bottle of wine and good friends. That being said, if you decide you’ve got what it takes to be a small business owner, make sure you begin your journey for the right reasons and are passionate about the business you are building. For, if you don’t have a true passion for something, you will get burnt out, just as I did.
Here’s hoping I can go into business for myself one day. But for now, I’m going to be happy as long as I am following my dreams.
Though I am embarking on a new journey, I will still be taking part in select Egolabel projects and working part-time hours in order to serve our current, ongoing clients. Egolabel is not going away. This company is experiencing growth and will be around for years to come. I just happen to be one small part of a great, truly passionate team over there.
Thank you for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome.
" Enough with ‘entrepreneurs’
Let’s retire the term entrepreneur. It’s outdated and loaded with baggage. It smells like a members-only club. Everyone should be encouraged to start his own business, not just some rare breed that self-identifies as entrepreneurs.
There’s a new group of people out there starting businesses. They’re turning profits yet never think of themselves as entrepreneurs. A lot of them don’t even think of themselves as business owners. They are just doing what they love on their own terms and getting paid for it.
So let’s replace the fancy-sounding word with something a bit more down-to-earth. Instead of entrepreneurs, let’s just call them starters. Anyone who creates a new business is a starter. You don’t need an MBA, a certificate, a fancy suit, a briefcase, or an above-average tolerance for risk. You just need an idea, a touch of confidence, and a push to get started. “
-From the book, Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Founders of 37signals.