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Protecting your passion

Over the past few weeks I have been talking about starting a business out of your passion or hobby. This blog is going to just over 700 people at present.

One of those who receive the blog is my son, Jon Reid, whom I have referred to previously. He contacted me with this addition, that after starting a business out of your passion, you need to protect that passion…..lest it become humdrum and every day. I suggested he put pen to paper and he has done so!

So, over the next 2 weeks we will look at how to protect your passion…once you have started your business.

Protecting your Passion

Now that photography is your job, you need to make sure you don’t lose your passion for it. That was the advice that I blissfully ignored for my first few years as a professional photographer. I was getting paid to do my passion. What could possibly go wrong?

A few years later, I found myself at Iguassu Falls. When Helen Roosevelt saw it, her first words were, “Poor Niagara”. All I could think about was how annoying all the tourists were, wondering how they thought their photos could be improved with their face in the way of the falls. Something was wrong – photography was feeling like a job, not a passion. The boundless energy that I have as a result of following my passion felt absent.

Fast forward a few years to where I am sitting in Israel and have photographed every sunrise since arriving.

My energy is back and so is my passion. This is how I recovered and protected it:

  1. Measure income against time.

Being your own boss means you set your own work schedule. If I compare what I make to what an accountant makes, it can be disheartening. I changed my mind-set on this by thinking of my hourly rate. For example, an account my make £100,000 per year, but works 2070 hours per year earning £48 per hour.

If I make only £40,000 per year, but do it working 960 hours, I make £41 per hour and have a lot more time to enjoy life. Which leads me to point 2

  1. Enjoy Life

An entrepreneur never really takes a break. Even when you’re relaxing, some part of your brain is thinking about your business.

When I used to work for a boss, my work hours were scheduled. Now that I work for myself, I’ve found that I’ve had to schedule my non-working hours. I literally have to put time aside in my dairy just for the purpose of enjoying life. In my case, this means spending time with my family and seeing friends socially, all without my camera.

Although photography is my passion and I love doing it – happiness is correlated to two factors:

  1. Meaningful work
  2. Involvement in community

If I focus only on my work, it drains the happiness from my life.

Coming next week…….

  1. Practice presence
  2. Pay the fees
  3. Set mini challenges

Thank you to Jon for sharing.

Incidentally, you can visit his site at www.nomadicvision.com      I think the visit is so worth it, for you will see the passion he refers to!

Building strong businesses, led by resilient entrepreneurs.

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