I want to continue to discuss that feeling of changing the world. To navigate through my own thoughts and processes for determining what it is I’m aspiring to do.
Lately, when I consider what I want to do I keep coming to the idea of concepts that are bigger than myself.
And when I say bigger than me I mean who benefits most from the concept and who the concept is for.
Be it is food, tourism or small business.
When I think about what I want to do my conclusion is often other peoples success.
Everything that I want to do I want to directly relate to helping some else succeed in their area of interest.
That is what I’m passionate the most about. Helping other succeed.
Nothing brings me more joy than seeing someone accomplishing a goal they set out for themselves.
Now, I air on the side of wanting to help people that are doing things they are passionate about. As if their passion feeds my passion.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being the person who creates a product. Delivers it and sees the customers reaction when receiving it. It is instant gratification for me. It is like a little drug. A kick of endorphins.
What I struggle with is seeing longevity in this. I don’t see how I can grow these hobbies so they can continue to gratify me. While also bringing longterm stability and success.
Yes, it is possible to grow these gratifying hobbies into sustaining businesses. Expanding space, availability, team, etc. I know that, but that’s, not me.
We have to consider the fact that I’m a multipotentialite. I like to do many things. All the time. And, that it isn’t a bad thing if we recognize it and steer it properly.
Let’s look at With Bread for a second. My semi-successful artisan bread micro-bakery serving Yellowknife. I’ve grown this little side gig into a one day a week operation. It runs efficiently and brings a decent return while also filling a small gap in the local economy, i.e. no bakery. I’ve invested in some industrial equipment. Created some dedicated space for this operation. And by all accounts, I’m on my way to opening a brick and mortar bakery. Or partnering with a local cafe to provide fresh artisan bread.
Do I want to be a bread baker or bakery owner full time?
Not at all.
I enjoy the one day of instant gratification I get from running the micro-bakery in the summer.
What I want to do is use the knowledge I’ve gained to help others with similar passions achieve their goals.
I want to use the return I’m getting from With Bread to create a certified space. A space that other vendors could use it to grow their businesses or ideas.
Then I want to use my knowledge of workflow development to help those vendors improve workflows. Workflows that make them more efficient and profitable.
Then I want to use my ongoing marketing experience to help these vendors grown communities around their brands. Help make them essential in peoples Farmers Market experiences.
The same with my endeavour into being a local tourism operator. I hold a license that covers many different products and I do guide tours and love it. I especially love getting to show people Yellowknife. Yellowknife is my favourite.
At the same time, I also recognize that there are a lot of people passionate about Yellowknife. Or people who have passions the tourism industry in Yellowknife would benefit from. I want to help those people.
Without too much depth or detail I see my own tourism business as a launching point. An opportunity for those who have ideas or don’t even know they have the potential for it to work with me. To develop and test out different products in the market. A way to test before taking the plunge and making a huge investment.
In both these concepts, and there are a few more, I’m feeding my own passion and desire. I’m setting myself up to achieve my overarching goal. The goal of helping people succeed at what they are passionate about. I’m also able to feed my desire to do many things. Each person or business I work with will be different but will, for the most part, have a passionate drive.
My next string of thoughts will be one of two thoughts. How to talk to a Business Coach about business when you want to be a Business Coach yourself. Or, how to define the part of the world you want to change.
And, always remember, I’m not an expert. I externalize my thoughts. I’m delusional sometimes. If so, please tell me. Or not.