Not everyone’s passion can be travelling to every country in the world or designing gowns for super models. Your passion might involve “getting poop in your hand.” How do you go about determining if the Business of Dogs is yours?I found my passion when I brought my first Miniature Dachshund, Sasha, into my life. I wanted to do right by her so I started researching everything I could about dogs: dog training, dog behaviour, dog grooming and dog stores. When I couldn’t get enough I knew I was hooked. Finding your passion or your calling might not come to you as clearly as mine. There are a few ways you can start that may help make the journey clearer for you.
1. What are you good at? It is said that to be a master at anything you need 10,000 hours of immersion. Is there something that you love to do that you have committed this kind of time?
2. What do you do that you lose track of time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes it as flow “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.” (Cskikszentmihalyi, 1990, p.4)
3. What do you do that you have bountiful energy that you feel like you have endless fuel to run on.
4. What do you like to read? Make a list of you top 5 books and magazines. Is there some sort of theme that develops once you see them all written out together?
5. Speak with someone that is doing it. Who better to help you decided if the path you are looking down is the one you want, then someone that is already walking it. People love to talk about their passion ( see above endless energy).
6. Dip you foot in. You don’t have to take a leap off the high diving board to get in the pool. Just wade in a little to see the temperature of the water. Chris Guillebeau, the author of The Art of Non Conformity, shares Allan Bacon’s “life Experiment” as an example of this. Allan completes little actions that would help to prepare him for bigger change later. Examples included things like visiting art museums. You can do this in the area of your choosing.
7. Brainstorm how to make a living at it. Not all of our passions can provide us a living. Be honest and make a list of all the ways you can make a living at your passion.
Once you find your passion don’t expect everyone to get on board. People fear change and they fear different. You may find that you encounter obstacles. People that will challenge your unconventional career path. If the Business of Dogs is for you then you will need to push through these barricades making them just obstacles to overcome.
When I realized that the path of working with dogs was for me I was challenged a number of times in my personal relationships. Partners couldn’t understand my desire to follow a career path that might not be what they would consider lucrative; one that was blue collar with a pension. I had done that route and it wasen’t for me. I realized at that point, my life plan didn’t match my business plan. Once I figured out what I wanted for my life, it made my career path a whole lot clearer. I truly believe that sometimes you have to give up who you are for who you can become. I live by that statement every day.
I know that all of the hard times I had to go through to get to where I am in the Business of Dogs was worth it. I am happier than I thought I could be leading my life my way without giving in to the burden of regret or disapproval. Choosing to follow my passion allows me to spend my day with my furkids sharing my knowledge and experience with you to help guide and educate you about working in the Business of Dogs. Choosing to work in the Business of Dogs is completely worth sometimes “getting poop in my hand. ”
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