Join us today for the Saturday Night Special where we talk about finding your passion project...
In tonight’s Saturday Night Special I talk with you about what a passion project is, I share why it’s important to find a passion project, and I give you some tips on what to ask to find your own passion project.
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00:00:00 Welcome to tonight's Saturday night, special episode 45 Here on the inspired stewardship podcast. I'm Wayne Titus author of the entrepreneur's guide to financial wellbeing. I encourage you to be inspired, to become a better steward through financial wisdom. By listening to this, the inspired stewardship podcast with my friend, Scott Mader
00:00:32 and then begin to build in a little bit of time for that. There's all sorts of activities that you can do. You can Google passion project and find list of things that, you know, if you're a do it yourselfer, here's some examples. If you're someone who likes to write, here's some examples. If you're someone who likes to teach, here's some examples.
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00:01:27 I talk with you about what a passion project really is. I share why it's important to find your own passion project. And I give you some tips on what you can ask so that you can find your own passion project. Now, one area that a lot of folks need some help with is around the area of productivity. Getting not just more things done,
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00:02:51 slash launch, Finding your passion. And what's your passion project. These are that quite frankly, if you Google that, if you put it in to a search engine, you'll find millions and millions of results in mere seconds, because it's talked about a lot, but I wanted to talk a little bit about why it's important to actually find a passion project and what a passion project is.
00:03:20 I mean, even if you're doing something that you love, even if you've got a career that you love a family that you love, even if you feel like you've got all of your time filled with activities that are positive and allow you to serve others. Well, I still think that sometimes it's important to spend some time and energy finding a passion project.
00:03:43 So what is a passion project? It's anything that you work on oftentimes outside of your regular career path or your regular job that gives you satisfaction, happiness, and that can help get you into some sort of state of flow. You know, that, that moment when you're working on things and time seems to disappear in some ways it's kind of like a hobby,
00:04:08 right? I mean that that's a similar definition to a hobby. So what's the difference? Well, to me, the key difference is that a passion project can often kind of pay for itself. It's not necessarily that you make huge amounts of money with it, but it can kind of generate enough time and income benefits that in the long run, it,
00:04:31 it takes care of itself where hobbies to me are often the things that you kind of spend money on, just because you get joy out of it, you know, collecting a collectible or spending time and money fishing or barbecuing, which is one of my hobbies, these sorts of things. They take time, they take money and yes, you enjoy them and you get enjoyment from them.
00:04:55 But my passion projects often are the things that I focus on, not just spending money on, but I actually try to turn them into something that at least makes enough money back that they pay for themselves. They become, self-generating not right away, but over time. So for instance, one of my clients, his passion project is actually wood-turning and he's now making these wooden pins that are really awesome.
00:05:22 In fact, I'll, I'll put a link to his Etsy store in the show notes from this, and you can go check them out, but he doesn't do this just a, you know, it's not going to make him rich. It's not replacing his income from his day job, but he makes enough money with it that it kind of pays for the hobby itself.
00:05:39 It pays for it as it goes. So this is more of a, to me that's more of a passion project. So why should you have passion projects? It actually turns out that when you have a passion project, it shows all sorts of benefits in your life. It lowers your stress. And at first that sounds funny because you're like, wait,
00:06:00 I'm going to be spending time doing this other activity when I'm already stressed out about not having time. How does that lower my stress level? And the truth is it does because these are the things that you can get into as a flow state, where energy comes back to you, you can actually learn and begin to develop the habit of getting into that flow state.
00:06:22 You can recognize what it is, and then that gets you into that state easier and other places, because it lowers stress. It can lower other negative activities like bingeing, Netflix, or overeating and stress eating. It helps break your mood up and get you into a better mood. And it helps you build talents that ultimately may turn into an alternative career path or a second source of income.
00:06:49 So it also helps you diversify your skills and your abilities and your income and diversification spreading it around is always a good thing because you never know what's going to happen. I've seen several people, friends of mine who had a career and had a passion project on the side, and then something happens to their career. You know, maybe the company closes down,
00:07:13 maybe, uh, the, the business is bought out by somebody else and their job and their position is no longer available. Maybe they just retire, but then they take their passion project. And because it was already up and running and they already had that skill and they already had that talent, they could grow it into a business relatively quickly. They could begin to open up and say,
00:07:36 Hey, there's new things that I want to do here. And I want to take this skill that I have and grow it into something that at least supplements my retirement income or supplements by side income, or even turns into a career. That's the interesting thing about having a project that actually kind of pays for itself beyond a hobby. You know, to me that,
00:07:58 again, the big difference is hobbies, cost money while passion projects generate some level of money. And that doesn't have to be a lot of money to still be a passion project, but enough to kind of pay for itself. So how can you find your own passion project? Because see, that's one of the biggest problems people oftentimes say, I don't know what it is that I should be doing on the side.
00:08:24 So one thing you can do is spend some time in silence, spend some time where you meditate and think, and you're introspective ask yourself, what is it that people constantly come to you for? What skills and knowledge are you constantly sharing with people where you're kind of the go to person for that reconnect with your inner child? Why you sit in silence,
00:08:48 think about what did you want to be when you grew up? What were the things that fascinated you, you can also look to your pain, look to things in your journey that you struggled with because odds are really good. If you struggled with it, other people did as well. And you might be able to turn that into a passion project. Think about expanding your perspective.
00:09:11 Looking outside of the normal, begin to ask the question, what problem can this solve? What pain can this relieve? What pleasure can this give to someone? Those sayings are often a source of a passion project. Try to find something that allows you to contribute to something bigger than you to it's often serving the larger, good that we find our own passion.
00:09:41 So ask the question, you know, what else do I want to do? What do I love as a child? What was my purpose as a child where I looked up every morning and it was the thing that excited me and then begin to build in a little bit of time for that. There's all sorts of activities that you can do. You can Google passion,
00:10:03 project and find list of things that, you know, if you're a do it yourselfer, here's some examples. If you're someone who likes to write, here's some examples. If you're someone who likes to teach, here are some examples. The truth is my coaching business grew out of a passion project. It started as a side passion project, and now it's my full time job.
00:10:23 And I love it. So spend some time in silence, ask yourself these questions, find your passion project, and then go and begin to do it. Thanks for listening. Thanks so much for listening to the inspired stewardship podcast. As a subscriber and listener, we challenge you to not just sit back and passively listen, but act on what you've heard and find a way to live your calling.
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