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!
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!
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!