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Live Happier, Live Healthier : Live Your Passion

My passion was ignited when I was twelve. It was 1988 and my dad purchased a computer for his insurance business. I was excited because, when he wasn’t using it, I got to play around and learn. Soon I was designing cards on PrintMaster. Within a couple years I was having fun with all the fonts and clipart that came with CorelDraw, designing logos, banners and posters.

I quickly fell in love with computers, and when I grew up, I wanted to own my own graphic design company. All this at the age of 12 years old.

It became my passion.

Fast forward to 1995, a year after graduating high school—I enrolled in the Graphic Communications program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. It was an eight month program that taught the basics of the graphic design and print industries. Because the industry was slowly transitioning from film negatives and typesetting to digital design, I was on the forefront of something great.

The course taught me the basics of the print industry and various graphic design techniques. During the computer portion of the course, we were often given an hour to complete a hands on computer exercise. Being the youngest in the class of 36 people and having years of computer experience already under my belt, I often completed the exercise in under five minutes. For the remainder of the class, I would walk around and help others.

After I received my Graphic Communications diploma, I applied for jobs in the industry at every graphic design firm in Saskatoon. Being offered only a entry level position for $9/hr in the bindery department at a local print shop. After a little thought, I declined the offer. I couldn’t afford to work for so little having to pay back student loans. In hindsight, I should have taken the job and got a side job for additional income.

After a few labourer jobs, delivering pizza and cooking at a local restaurant, my father, brother and I started an alarm company in 1999. For ten years I practiced my graphic design and marketing skills, adding web design to the mix in the early 2000’s. When my father decided to semi-retire in 2009, I decided I was going to start a company building homes. A few years into building I finally made a step in the right direction, and Zeal Media Inc was founded.

It took me 23 years to chase after my passion! What was I waiting for?

Since founding Zeal Media Inc in 2011, I haven’t worked a day!

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
— Vincent van Gogh
Yah, I know that sounds cliché, but being an entrepreneur, I don’t dread working. I love it! Helping my clients market their businesses has become my passion and inspiration. I get charged up after talking with a client about new ways to grow their business.

What job would you do if money wasn’t a necessity? What job could you get lost in, spend hours working at, glance at the clock and realize it’s 2:00am?

What is your passion?

Seriously! When will you stop saying “One day…” and jump in? When will you make steps toward your goal?

“I have no time” is an excuse we use to cover up our fears! It’s not that we don’t have any time, it’s that we are afraid.

Look, the unknown scares the crap out of me too… but you know what? I still haven’t died trying.

Take the 4-5 hours in the evening before bed and start researching. Start planning. Start setting goals. Start DOING your passion!

No one is going to do it for you!

If you don’t take the step, you will look back in five years and find yourself saying the same two words… “One day…”

The problem is, I checked the calendar and “One day” is NOT on there! There is no such day. It’s just a lie we tell ourselves to comfort our fears. ENOUGH!

It’s time.

Let this be the kick in the ass you need to start that one thing you have been dreaming of doing, but are too afraid to start. There is ALWAYS room for your passion. I don’t care if your passion is sewing, fishing or cooking… when you run after your passion, you will live happier and healthier. For many people, their passion pays the bills! For some, it has created a life of freedom! Wouldn’t it be great to get paid for your passion?

I am not telling you to drop everything and quit your job. That can be a recipe for disaster. What I am suggesting is that you START. Take your idea and start. Take a step toward your passion and maybe, just maybe, it will turn into something greater than you ever imagined!

I would LOVE to hear about your dreams. Comment below or drop me a line!

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The Author

Ryan Boutin

Ryan Boutin

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Ryan is driven by a passion to help people grow their business. As CEO of Zeal Media Inc, a web development and marketing firm located in Saskatoon, Canada, Ryan's mission is simple; Implement custom strategies to launch small businesses to drastic growth. With a vision to reach more people, InspireCast was born.


  1. August 12, 2016 at 8:51 am — Reply

    I actually was inspired greatly by this read Ryan. I’m teared up as I respond. There’s not a day that goes by that I wished I could have my own business. I have a passion for designing flyers, business cards, logos, etc. I also have a passion for music. I love technology and enjoy showing people how to use their iPad, iPhone, etc.

    I’m terrified I’ll be stuck in the position I’m currently in. I know I have so much more to offer, but no degree to say so. I wouldn’t know where to start. I change my mind too much.


    • August 12, 2016 at 9:41 am — Reply

      I hear ya! It’s tough to start. It’s a matter of narrowing down what you will be most happy doing. I believe you LOVE to help people. This is the passion that drives you, am I right? I think if you were to start by posting videos on Facebook about “how to” tips and tricks on the iPad, people would watch. Before you know it, people will be asking you questions and in no time, you will be the go to guy. Doors open when your heart is set on your passion. Not sure where to start? Pose a question on Facebook and ask your audience what troubles or issues they have with their iPad? Then create a short video that answers their question. If they have the question, others will too. If the need is there, go for it.

  2. Viv
    August 14, 2016 at 10:44 am — Reply

    The cares of this world have appeared to have stifled my passion….writing/photography. When I was writing full time and freelancing in Saskatchewan, I know I was happiest and more at peace within my heart! I KNOW it is God’s calling for me to capture people’s lives in words and pictures and share with others.
    Since my relocation to BC and numerous struggles/challenges lately, I have had to find a job( actually two…one PT and one FT) in order to pay bills….it is stiffling me! Lately, I have missed my writing so much, being able to extend out to people through my words, share their stories and successes…the loss/void has even broken me to tears at times. I believe and trust God knows the desires of my heart.
    I know lately that my heart is being spoken to and I am listening but still feel weary and a wee bit lost.
    Many people say that my life struggles and experiences have inspired them and that I should share…how? FB is not the place, I think, but a blog? Freelance more? I can not afford to quit my jobs until I have a more sound income…I know God blesses…guess I need a kick in the pants!

    • August 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm — Reply

      I am glad to have inspired you. I would encourage you to take any free moments you have to write. Write about whatever is on your heart. If you think a blog is the way to go, there are many ways in which to monetize a blog. I can send you some resources to help you with that if you need them. Find a topic that is close to your hear, that people will gravitate to. Polish it. Get feedback from other professionals. Improve it. Share it.

      Growing a following through a blog is only difficult when you write stuff people aren’t interested in reading. It’s about finding those “hot buttons” and being a strong voice and being REAL! People want to hear it IN YOUR VOICE.

      I recently wrote an article about Real Estate marketing. I am not a real estate agent, nor do I have much knowledge about selling homes, but let me tell you, I haven’t had as much positive feedback with any other article. (read it here Out of the Box Marketing for Realtors)

  3. Jaye D Marie
    August 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    Right on Cuz! Great article!

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