How to Enrich Your Life With New Passions

Are you looking to enrich your life?

Is it time for you to learn something new or try something again?

Is there a place you’ve never visited?

I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, explore your surroundings, and talk to interesting people.

Here’s how doing so can lead to new passions that can better enrich your life.

1. Try something new.

When we open ourselves up to new experiences, we discover passions we never imagined!

If I was told four years ago I would be spending my free time stand-up paddle boarding down the river, I wouldn’t have believed it.

And if I was told this new passion would trigger a career change, I really wouldn’t have believed it.

This all came just from the simple decision to take a beginner paddleboarding class.

2. Try something old.

The first time I tried rock climbing I was horrible at it and thought I could never do it.

A couple of years later, I tried again, and surprisingly, I could!

What was the difference?

Just a little tweak in my approach. I listened to what an expert said about using my legs more than my arms.

This made a huge difference!

Don’t assume because you failed at something once, you’ll fail again.

Try a different approach!

3. Travel.

I know a woman who discovered a unique passion when she traveled to Italy.

While there, she learned the time-honored art of bookbinding by hand.

First, bookbinding became a hobby for her, but now it’s her full-time job!

If she had never visited Italy, she may still be stuck in her previously miserable career.

New places or even a simple change of scenery can lead you down a path you never knew existed.

You don’t have to travel far away. New passions can also be discovered somewhere just around the bend within driving distance.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings.

When you pay attention to your surroundings, you’ll discover new opportunities for new passions to arise.

Sometimes just inquiring about something that catches your eye can lead to a newly discovered passion.

Many cities and local colleges host community classes on topics within arts, languages, computers, etc.

In the past, I’ve taken a photography class, an archery class, and even a fly-fishing class. This year I’m taking a self-defense class.

Pay attention to the opportunities around you!

5. Talk to people.

A few years ago a friend of mine and his girlfriend were traveling in Florida when they noticed a van with the picture of a stand-up paddle boarder on it.

They asked the owner of the van about the picture which began a conversation that led to the discovery of a place where they could learn to paddleboard.

On their first day, they fell in the water several times. But, they went back the second day to try again.

They quickly became so passionate about this experience they decided to open their own paddle boarding company.

They talked to everyone in the business to learn as much as they could.

Nine months later, they opened their own paddle shop with much success!

Their success happened just from asking a question and learning from the people around them.

Not taking the time to talk to people can lead to missed opportunities, which could possibly be a huge career mistake.

Lori Bumgarner
Lori Bumgarner

Passion and Career Coach, paNASH

Lori is the owner of paNASH, a Nashville-based career coaching service helping clients discover and pursue their passions. She’s authored two books and has been published in Huffington Post and Inc. Her own passions include stand up paddle boarding, the outdoors, life-long learning, and encouraging others.

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