Do you love what you do?

Whether you are an entrepreneur or you prefer to work for someone else, I believe everyone can do work they love. This site is dedicated to helping you figure out how to love the work you do.

Journey of a Young Entrepreneur: Interview with Channing Miller

photo (2)When I found out my friends Nick Mohnacky and Chris Callahan, co-founders of SurfrApp, were opening Startup Palm Beach, an entrepreneur resource center, I was beyond excited.  A chill space where entrepreneurs can gather together to not only get work done, but also bounce ideas off of each other when they need to get unstuck about a particular challenge.

I head up to visit the space and attend their events whenever possible to touch base and see what cool things are happening.  I love talking to entrepreneurs about their journey.  The never ending ups, downs, twists and turns we all experience while building a business are constantly keeping us on our toes.   Being surrounded by others who are pursuing their dreams is almost necessary during the challenging times when we feel like no one else could possibly understand what we are going through.

There is always such an amazing energy at Startup Palm Beach.  People are hustling, ideas are being shared and no matter what how crazy your business may seem, this group believes it is possible. When I met Channing Miller, Co-Founder of Baru Exchange I was drawn to his positive energy and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.  No matter what is happening in his business and life, he always has a smile on his face and is excited about opportunities ahead.

I was so happy when Channing agreed to be interviewed.  In our casual conversation, we talked entrepreneurship, surfing, being open to opportunities and how to turn negative situations into positive ones. Check out my interview with Channing here:

I would love to hear your thoughts so please comment below and let me know what you think.

And don’t forget to check out Baru Exchange.

 

 

Craving Inspiration? Surround Yourself with Crazies

photoI’ve been doing a lot of self reflection over the past few weeks .  I have been thinking about all of the things I’ve done, the decisions I’ve made, the cool people I’ve met and of course what the future holds. We all go through it.  Asking those ever important questions:

Am I doing what I am meant to do? 

Should I be at a different place in my life?

How can I better serve others and change the world?

So, what do you do when you find yourself in this place of self-discovery?  Some try to shut it off (if you figured out how, please let me know how you accomplish it), others play out the same conversation with themselves over and over in their head and some actually take such massive action they probably don’t realize what they’ve even done until days later.

While everyone has their own method of figuring things out and deciding what their next move will be, I tend to reach out to my creative friends who are doing cool things.  Fortunately, I know some amazing individuals who are not only doing what they love, but are also changing lives in the process.

My friends Nick Mohnacky and Chris Callahan are two people I reach out to when I need some creative energy and inspiration.  Not only did they create SurfrApp, but they also co-founded Startup Palm Beach, an entrepreneur resource center.  Yeah, they’re pretty much amazing and I feel lucky that they pick up the phone when I call, or more likely, tweet.

Two nights ago, they hosted an event with special guest Jason SurfrApp (yeah, that’s his last name – click here to find out how that happened), speaker & author of Creativity for Sale.  Jason talked about his crazy awesome journey as an entrepreneur; from getting paid to wear t-shirts for a living to selling his last name to raising $75,000 to write his first book (before he wrote a single word…um….how awesome is that?!)!

During the discussion other entrepreneurs in the room chimed in to share their opinions and experiences.  It was awesome to be surrounded by other people going through the journey of being an entrepreneur.  The ups and downs and complete craziness of it all sometimes.

We talked about when to make a shift, how to stop doing something you know is no longer serving you, how to make it through the most difficult times, why relationships are key and where to find some helpful resources.  It was such an inspiring evening.

I felt awesome on my ride home!  Hearing those stories and being surrounded by people who believe in the idea that they can do anything, get through the challenging times, and never give up on their dreams is absolutely inspiring.

Whether you are currently an entrepreneur or you are working a day job and pursuing your passion on the side, my hope for you is that you keep moving forward.  Take action and believe in your vision.  Your direction may change and you sometimes you may do something that feels like taking a step backwards, but as long as you have a clear vision and are always taking some kind of action to move forward, you will get to wherever it is you are meant to be.  The course probably won’t look the way you think it should, but hey, that’s all part of the process, so embrace it and just have fun!

When you feel like giving up and are craving some kind of inspiration, find some crazies; the people who are hustling and fiercely pursuing their passion.  They get knocked down and get up with a smile on their face. They believe in you and your vision.  They believe that they can find a way, create a new path and have no time for negative people.

Who do you hang out with when you are craving inspiration and know you need to take action?  What else do you do to get yourself in the mindset of getting your work done?  I would love to hear from you so comment below.

 

 

 

How to Love Your Work: Interview with Pamela Slim

photo (7)Do you believe you have more to contribute to this world?  Do you lay awake at night thinking about starting a business?  Or maybe you have an awesome idea, but keep talking yourself out of bringing it up to your boss.

You read inspirational quotes about making a living pursuing your passion, but then you start thinking about the bills you have to pay and the people in your life who depend on you.  We’re all pretty good at talking ourselves out of the things we want most, aren’t we?

We all have a passion.  That one thing we can’t go a day without thinking about and deep down believe is necessary to create and get out into the world.  Some people figure out how to pursue it while others choose to believe there is no way they can achieve their dreams.

I believe that whether you own a business or work for someone else, you can start something that provides the opportunity to fulfill your passion which is why I was very drawn to author and speaker, Pamela Slim.  I had the opportunity to meet her at a conference last year and she is awesome.

Her blog, Escape From Cubicle Nation, has been recognized as one of the best business blogs around.  First of all, the name alone is pretty cool and resonates with many people and second, her content is extremely helpful to anyone who is looking to start something new and figure out a way to pursue work they enjoy doing.

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Why Don’t We Start?

Start now Is there something you have been meaning to do with your life? Learn a new language, read more, volunteer, start a blog, change careers, start investing your money, etc.?  You think about it every day and your intention is always to get started. In fact, most days you believe that today will be that day.

But then you get out of bed and the craziness of life happens and before you know it another day has passed and you are no closer to accomplishing that one idea you are passionate about pursuing.

Why do we do this?  Why do we allow ourselves to get comfortable with the way things are instead of taking even one small step towards the things we want most?

It is so easy to go about our days doing the same thing over and over.  We are creates of habit and get comfortable with our routines.  This isn’t always a bad thing, but when we have a desire to make changes in our lives and start something new, we have to be bold and step outside of our comfort zone.

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