Have you ever felt the need to set aside your passions to focus on business and making a profit? While making money is necessary, ignoring your passions can hurt you in the long run.
In fact, prioritizing your passions often leads to more success, profit, and overall happiness.
I’m better in business because of the skills I was able to develop while acting on my passions. Today I’m sharing how you can prioritize your own passions to be more successful in business too.
How I’ve Profited by Combining My Passions and Business
During my first job at Wells Fargo, I discovered my love for helping people. Focusing on helping those around me led to promotions and raises. In my new positions, I could focus even more on helping people succeed.
Over the years, I’ve acted on my passion for serving others in my church. Pastoring high school kids and adults also helps strengthen my business skills. It’s taught me to listen better, allowed me to understand people and their struggles, and helped me harness empathy.
My love for helping people and serving led to my ability to start a business and become an effective coach. Because I’ve created a business around these passions, I can help my clients succeed while earning money that supports my family.
Even my passion for hockey has helped me in business.
During the years I spent not playing hockey, I was more competitive than I needed to be in business. I felt like I needed to be the best. I didn’t gel as well with others as I should have.
Once I got back into hockey, that changed. Playing hockey was an effective, healthy outlet to let out my natural drive for competition.
Following my passions has definitely supported my professional life and earnings. How do you translate this into your own life? Here are a few things to consider.
What Are Your Passions?
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
- Do you enjoy playing a sport?
- Do you love reading?
- Is there a cause close to your heart?
Brainstorm how you might be able to translate those passions into your professional career.
Do they help you develop a skill that you can use at your job? Maybe there are job opportunities that will allow you to bring more of your passions into a new career or position.
Taking time to consider how to combine your passions and business will make your career more enjoyable. And that happiness will likely translate to earning more money.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Success doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Make it clear what you’re going after. What are your goals? What would you like to see happen in your career and your personal life?
Does this vision of success include your hobbies and passions? If it doesn’t, it should.
Life isn’t just about making money and being successful in business. Make sure you make space for the things you enjoy as well. When you do, you’ll be one step closer to improving both your personal and professional life.
What if You Don’t Have Hobbies?
You may have spent so much time focusing on your job or business that you’ve lost sight of the things you used to enjoy.
If you can’t think of any hobbies you enjoy, consider what you like doing most in your job.
Maybe you like to…
- Train people
- Analyze data
- Build relationships
- Help people understand complicated things
Take what you already love doing and see what job opportunities allow you to lean into more of what you love.
Don’t Ignore What Makes You Happy
Following your passions doesn't always lead to more money. But people who follow their passions lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Don’t waste your life wishing you had done something. Start to lean into what you want to do, and make those passions work for you.
I followed my passions to create the life I wanted. I’d love to help you live the life you want, too.
I can support you in discovering your passions, solving a professional or personal problem, or being the best version of yourself.
Check out my coaching page to schedule a coaching session with me. I’m here for you.