So I talk a lot on this blog about snowboard tips and my love for riding and not being afraid to go live the epic life you want, but beyond that how do you actually know what to do?
It’s one thing for me to say, “Go live an epic life!” when I know exactly what I want to be doing and when I have a successful snowboard business under my belt, but it’s a whole different thing for you guys to actually know what YOU want to be doing with your life.
I remember in high school I hated the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” because I had no idea. How should I know what I want to do for the rest of my life?
The real question you should be asked
Well the way I look at it now is you shouldn’t be asked “What do you want to be?” but rather “What do you enjoy the most?” Do the thing you enjoy the most.
I don’t mean ridiculous things like ‘do drugs nonstop because you enjoy them’ or ‘party nonstop because you enjoy it’, but rather I mean what are the big things and hobbies you naturally enjoy doing that may not seem special to everyone else.
Is it playing video games? Is it baking cakes? Is it flying remote control planes? You may laugh at those random topics, but I know people making full time incomes in all 3 categories.
If you let yourself focus on the things you enjoy and love to do, you’ll naturally get extremely good just by doing it so much and that’s how paths to do what you love open up as you gain experience and keep your eyes open for the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skill.
What I didn’t have planned out
Did I go into snowboarding saying “I’m going to move to Whistler to learn as much as I can about snowboarding to one day start a snowboard website and training company to make money while snowboarding!” Nope.
I loved snowboarding, so I did that a lot. I also loved computers and websites, so I did that a lot from a young age. I loved business and marketing, so I spent hours just learning about business for fun.
I just did the things I really enjoyed in life and naturally got good at them over time, then eventually that led to opportunities to combine snowboarding, websites and business into my full time career.
The key is just allowing yourself to see your hobbies and the fun things you enjoy doing as things you don’t need to ‘grow up’ from and things you can keep doing no matter what other people say about it.
Screw those people, those childish things are what you love, so why give it up to be less happy and act ‘responsible’.
The bottom line
Even if you do what you love and keep your eyes open for opportunity, I’ll be honest and say it still requires a lot of work and some balls to rise to the opportunities and do what you love full time.
However, what I do know is the surefire way to NOT get to live an epic life and NOT get to do what you love.
Just go do things you don’t enjoy and throw away your passions and live a supposedly ‘responsible’ life while you sacrifice all the things you love to do along the way.
That’s how everyone else lives their boring, mediocre life, so I guess you won’t be alone if you pick that path.
Now I’m not saying instantly quit your job and never work any job you don’t love because of course you need to work to survive at first… I didn’t start out with Snomie.com making a huge income right from day 1, that would be silly because food and shelter costs money.
However, I’m saying don’t stagnate and throw your passions away for the sake of pleasing others and living a mediocre life.
Do what you love and be proud of it because that’s the first step to finding the opportunities that let you do it full time.
ps: I could talk for hours on this topic, so I’ll do a vlog later and go more in-depth on this and share a little more of my side of things and my story of how my ‘hobbies’ led to Snomie.com being the full time business it is today.
pps: I still love Pokemon games. Screw anyone that says I’m 25 and too old for pokemon.