Tips On How To Turn Your Passion Into A Career
My passion is to have a job which revolves around working out and traveling. I do it for the quality of life and peace of mind aspect. But when it comes to monetizing this wild idea, you have to get creative.
When I was a little girl, I used to tell my dad all of the places I wanted to travel in the world; France, India, China, you name it! And he would look down at me and say “who’s gonna pay for it?”
He was and still is super intent on discussing how valuable work ethic is because that’s how he was raised.
And with a great honor to my dearest, amazing father, who I love, comes my first how-to in how to turn your passion into your career.
Learn Something New Every Day
Know that as a business owner, you’re probably going to have to learn something new every day. And that you have to push for the first couple of years. When I hear clients say they don’t know how to do something, I can tell that it’s because they haven’t been focused in the right direction.
Hire a coach or business planner if you don’t know what direction to go in. Once you’ve determined the direction that’s best for you, do it.
Make Humility A Habit
It doesn’t matter how humble you are today, if you wake up tomorrow with no sense of beginner’s mind, you’ll run into issues. It’s something you have to understand as a small business, especially in the beginning. Come to peace with this. It takes knowing every day, that there’s something new you’ll have to learn to be able to tackle the day ahead. Get up, do what you do best, and outsource what doesn’t come naturally to you.
It’s important to at least hear new information, execute it and figure out if it works on your own, before systematically writing it off altogether. Of course, if you’re just starting out, you’ll need guidance.
If you don’t know a skill that you need to execute in your business, ask, hire or learn said skill. And take the phrase “yeah, but I already know that” out of your vocabulary now, unless you’re over 100 years old.
Follow A Routine Outside of Your Business System
Get up at the same time every day. Eat similar varieties of foods. Go to the same gym at the same time. Do your laundry on the same day. And call your mom on the same day every week. The more you have a routine, you have for what has to get done, the more space you’ll have in your day to maximize productivity.
Find Your Niche
I was so annoyed by this piece of advice ten years ago.
I was completely done with people telling me that I had to find a niche.
I was also annoyed by the comments of people saying “you should connect to that yoga community here”, or “did you see what X is doing here? You should do that!”
I felt like saying:
‘A, yes, I know what she’s up to, she’s in my field, and B, I can’t go because I’m so broke and busy.’
I was right in the fact that I wasn’t hopping on band wagons, doing what’s “cool” or following fads. I was wrong because I grouped trends and fads into the “find a niche” category.
Doing what another person does is jumping on the bandwagon.
Finding a niche and marketing directly to that specific market is a tried and true, tested, business strategy.
For years, this held me back.
I wanted to be in a position of growth and entrepreneurship, yet this struggle reinforced so many limiting beliefs until I became stuck.
I didn’t think finding a niche was important, but no matter how much I fought it, I was wrong.
It’s so super important to build from knowing exactly who your audience is, even if you hate capitalism. It’s not about the money, it’s about keeping your sanity as a small business.
Today, I support women in two ways, both as a private yoga instructor and as a private coach in career & clarity for certified yoga instructors looking to land job offers and build businesses that light them up.
Build a System That Works For You
If you’re building a small business, chances are you have limited time and resources, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Build your self-care into your work day.. Set boundaries with the people in your life and pencil in self care as if it’s as important as your business meeting.
I’m the type who has always been a bit unapologetic in my self-care, so I consider myself a bit of a self-care spearhead, and I can’t stress it enough: self-care has nothing to do with selfishness. The two are not even in the same category.
Shorten Your To-Do Lists Into Morning And Afternoon
This last one is my favorite (even though all of these tips are my favorite!) and that is to shorten your to-do lists!!
As Mark Twain once said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
With this in mind, which task is the hardest, scariest, most uncomfortable?
Divide your day into three tasks for the morning and three for your afternoon.
If there are more than three tasks you have to do in your new business each morning, add those in.
But do the hardest thing first each morning.
That’s the frog.
I know it’s uncomfortable but like the above Mark Twain quote, it’s better to get through it first thing in the morning. I know it’s scary, I’m here for you.