Many people dream of taking a passion and turning it into a successful business. Maybe it's time to stop dreaming and start doing.
For inspiration, this week I"m sharing how one of the loyal listeners to my SIRIUSXM radio show, Vinny Penoro turned his passion for baking into a side business.
Finding Passion for Detail & Baking - Growing up, I loved to watch my Grandmothers cook, always with attention to detail. That attention to detail left an impression on me. No matter what job I had, I had to do it perfectly. I went to X-Ray school and received an award for technical excellence. Their cooking left an impression too. I have a real passion for cooking and baking. I've prepared gourmet meals for friends and family for years. Then at the age of 45, I kicked up my baking skills by graduating from a 13-week baking course achieving a 99 average. Every time someone took a bite of my baked goods, I heard repeatedly, “this is the best I ever had.”
Starting A Bakery On the Side - The job of taking x-rays was not satisfying me. I changed employers a few times thinking this would help, but it didn't. Finally, after baking a special cookie I had created myself and hearing , “you should sell these”, I decided to take the plunge. It was difficult for me to leave a well-paying job cold-turkey, so I decided to bake one day a week and slowly build my business on the side. My business, primarily a wholesale bakery, called Sweet Lady Lulu's (named after one of my grandmothers), is located in East Islip, NY. I supply restaurants and sell my baked goods at farmers' markets. Now I'm expanding my time spent on the business - taking X-rays only three days a week and baking two.
Learning that Doing What You Love Makes For A Happy Life - The satisfaction I get from seeing people enjoy my products and getting that, "Oh my", look on their faces makes it all worthwhile. Doing what you love is the key to a happy life. Some people may think being rich is the key. That's good too, but when you feel the sense of accomplishment doing what you love, life seems much happier and fulfilling.
Are you ready to find your passion? Ready to start your business? I built my coaching practice on the side to start too. Keeping your day job doesn't need to keep you from your dream. Call into my radio show every Friday 4-5p ET at 866-675-6675 if you have questions about how to get started. Just like Vinny and just like me, you can learn that doing work you love makes for a very happy life!
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had some time to rest and rejuvenate!
As you prepare to head back to work, consider some new ways to get things done. If you've been feeling like you can't work hard enough to get ahead, you might be falling into some common career traps. The good news - with some changes to your approach and mindset, you can avoid the pitfalls.
Common Career Traps and How to Avoid Them
Trap #1: Something comes easily to you so you discount the activity, thinking it must be easy for everyone. You figure it can't be a worthwhile skill if you didn't have to work at it.
Avoid it by: Playing to your strengths and appreciating that you really do have talent. Not everyone can do what you do so easily. Once you recognize your core genius you will get better results more easily.
Trap #2: You choose what you think you SHOULD do over what you really want. You figure that others have more experience or know better than you so you trust their opinion over your own.
Avoid it by: Not giving up control of your career to others. Yes it's scary to make your own choices and decisions but otherwise you get caught up in their goals for you. What about your personal aspirations? No one else is better qualified to fulfill your life purpose than you.
Trap #3:Rather than take advantage of small opportunities to take steps toward work you'd rather do, you pass. Why put yourself out there if it's not the perfect situation?
Avoid it by: Recognizing that the ideal career is a path, not a destination. It unfolds before you as you take steps, even small ones. Get some positive momentum started and you'll see doors open to amazing opportunities.
I've worked with thousands through my career coaching approach and my SIRIUSXM career talk show and unfortunately many of us are making work harder than it needs to be. I've even fallen into these traps in my own career. It happens but it doesn't need to continue. If you're ready, willing and able to have a career that works for you, let's talk about it. Comment below or call into my radio show this Friday 4p ET/1p PT at 1-886-675-6675. I'd love to hear your story!