Top Trailblazers on How to Follow Your Passion
You’ve heard the “follow your passion” advice a million times over — but how do you actually do that?
How do you make time to pursue your passion, whether it’s a side hustle, a hobby or starting a whole new business — especially in the midst of all the other things you’re responsible for as a Brazen young adult?
Well, the best way to learn is to look to those who are already doing it successfully. We asked some of today’s top entrepreneurs, thought leaders, speakers and bloggers how they make time to follow their passions.
If you want to know how it’s done, read on!
Ash Ambirge, Founder of The Middle Finger Project (@TMFProject)
I don’t. I only spend my time on my passion; anything else is a waste of it.
Corbett Barr, Creator of Think Traffic (@corbettbarr)
By methodically cutting everything I’m not passionate about out of my life and work.
Jenny Blake, Founder of Life After College (@jenny_blake)
The answer is already in the question: You have to make time. Start small — 15 minutes a day or one hour a week — and commit to getting over that initial hump of resistance. Once you get going, your momentum will build on itself and you will no longer need to force it. For a GREAT book on this topic, check out Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog! He says that if you have two frogs in a given day (big, hairy task that you’re procrastinating on), eat the uglier one first.
Catherine Caine, Boss Lady of Cash & Joy (@CatherineCaine)
Often I don’t. My passions never go far, so I can regularly ignore them and they’ll come back to me, demanding attention. I think maybe that’s the definition of passion: the things you can’t keep ignoring.
Arvind Devalia, Coach, Author, Speaker and Blogger at Make It Happen (@ArvindDevalia)
Making time for my passion is easy! I love walking and being in nature, so every day I allow at least 30 minutes to walk in my local parks.
Scott Gerber, Founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (@scottgerber)
I live my passion every day — helping entrepreneurs succeed and connect. I have built my passion into who I am and what I do. Rather than “finding time” to do what you love, find how to make what you love to do what you actually do, and you’ll be better for it.
Ryan Healy, Co-Founder and COO of Brazen Careerist, Inc. (@rjhealy)
Unfortunately, there is no secret. You just have to find the time. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to take time away from doing other things, but if you put one foot in front of the other for long enough, you will figure it out.
Benny Hsu, Blogger and Appreneur at Get Busy Living (@benny_hsu)
You have to make time. Time just doesn’t magically appear for us. Do a time analysis of your day, and find where you’re spending time doing unnecessary things. Especially look at how much time you spend watching television and mindlessly surfing the Internet. Even just waking up 30 minutes earlier each day can create time for you to follow your passion.
Craig Jarrow, Founder of Time Management Ninja (@TMNinja)
You have to ask yourself, “What am I willing to give up for my passion?” Time, money, sleep or even your job? All great things worth doing take sacrifice. What are you willing to give up to achieve yours?
Danielle LaPorte, Author, Business Strategist and Inspirational Speaker (@daniellelaporte)
Focus on truly meaningful goals, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it becomes to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right things.
Jonathan Mead, Chief Troublemaker at Paid to Exist (@jonathanmead)
I don’t see any other option.
J. Money, Founder of Budgets Are Sexy (@budgetsaresexy)
You hustle your sweet little a$$es off and get busy early in the morning, during lunch breaks, other breaks, and then at night, too — whatever it takes. Everyone has the same amount of hours in the day, but it’s all in prioritizing what’s important to you. And if you really do love this passion of yours, then it’s not like you’re really “working,” anyways.
Bobby Ocampo, Director of Revolution (@ocampob)
Make your work your passion, and you’ll have plenty of time to follow it.
Joan Otto, Editor of Man Vs. Debt (@manvsdebt)
If it’s important to you, put it on the calendar. In addition to my work with Man Vs. Debt, I have a part-time job and do significant side freelance work. But I’m at tae kwon do class at least three nights a week. Those nights are on my daily to-do list at the beginning of the week alongside email tasks, blog posts I want to write and more.
Andrea Owen, Founder of Your Kick-Ass Life Coaching (@andrea_owen)
It’s a non-negotiable. I look at it as a basic need like food, water and shelter. With that attitude, it’s easy to make time.
Srinivas Rao, Host/Founder of Blogcast FM (@skooloflife)
I’m an avid surfer. That means working at nighttime so I can spend time surfing in the morning. It’s all about managing time effectively. If you wouldn’t spend your money on useless stuff, why would you do that with your time?
Joel Runyon, Founder of Impossible HQ (@joelrunyon)
You have to make it a priority. Cut out the stuff that you waste time doing or don’t really care about (watching TV, playing videos, spending countless hours online), and you’ll find you have a whole swath of time available that you didn’t know you had.
Jody Thompson, Co-Founder of CultureRX and The Results-Only Work Environment (@JodyROWE)
If it’s really your passion, you’ll find the time. Too often, we put off doing the things that make us happy for another day. Focusing on your passion first will give you more energy and focus to do the other things in your life.
Carol Tice, Owner of the Make a Living Writing Blog and The Freelance Writers Den Community (@TiceWrites)
I’m ruthlessly organized and prioritized. Constantly looking for ways to be more productive and time-efficient. I have three kids, I like gardening, Israeli dance, baking bread, fine film and food… so I need time for my life!
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