The old saying goes, follow what you love and the rest will follow.
As idealistic as this sounds, many people are living out this mantra every single day. Imagine your "job" being getting to teach others to surf on one of the world's most famous beaches, showcasing your beautiful city on a curated running tour, or exploring hidden waterfalls and watering holes with people from around the world?
Sounds too good to be true? What about the bills you say? How do I get food onto the table? It's easy for you to say, you have a trust fund/no family/debt/obligations... Insert excuse.
Well as Jim says:
“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”
― Jim Rohn
Of course turning your passion into a viable business is hard. No one said it would be easy (it definitely isn't), and running a business isn't cut for everyone. But if the 9-5 grind, the monotonous repetition and the 'normal' path is getting a bit past it's expiry date. If you're checking the clock every 5 minutes, celebrating #TGIF a bit too hard and day dreaming about a life on your own terms - take note.
The challenges, struggle and learnings can be worth it. When you are spending every single day doing what you want to do, when you are spreading your passion with others and making their life extraordinary, you can stand to sleep for 4 hours each night or give up your social life and free time for a few months or even years to build and live your dream.
We talked to Trent, Hana and Damien each running their own unique tours in some of their favourite spots in Australia. Although they all started in different years and have their own unique stories, they all have the same goal - sharing what they love with others and spending their days how they want to.
It all starts with an idea.
We all were sitting down over a beer in London on the final quarter of our own extended travel trips, dreading having to return to the banality of the real world back home. We came up with the idea of a young travel company that's interests are inline with the interests of the modern young backpacker(our interests). Allowing us to continue to travel through the business.
~Trent, Coast Warriors
Drop Bear Adventures was born from passion as most babies are (haha) and it has been a labour of love ever since. Mark and I both love the island very much and more than anything we just wanted to share the true story of K’gari. We didn’t feel that anyone was really doing the island justice so strapped our big boy shoes on a took a risk, thankfully lots of our beautiful guests love what we do and have helped us grow into the team we are today.
~Hana, Drop Bear Adventures
I started EcoTreasures to fill a gap in the market of Sydney, to provide fun and educational eco tours. Yes our vision is and will always be to raise environmental awareness, through our fun a unique nature based experiences. I want to help spread the message of conservation across the world while having a good time with new friends.
It's not always rainbows and butterflies.
Expect the unexpected: What's that old military saying? "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst". We've had a week full of pretty gnarly surprises, from a semi trailer truck blowing up on the high way causing 4 hr delays to our trip, to bus break downs and one of our staff getting food poisoning from a dodgy servo sausage roll. Murphy and his damn law. Heaps of stuff will go wrong and knock you off your feet but its all about making the best of the situation, thinking on the go and having an adaptable plan that you can put in affect when things like this arise.
Prepare to have no life for a while: Gone are the days where you can wake up at mid day, nursing a hangover and marathon a bunch of Netflix without a care. Every moment your chilling or hanging with friends is a moment you're not spending on the business (your competitors might hard at work). That being said, you do need to find a little time for your personal life other wise you will burn out and your productivity will suffer. It sucks, but hey, if you wanna make an omelette you gotta break some eggs. No one said it would be easy, especially not in the early years... As I'm getting to know all too well.
Ups and downs: Obviously the business will have hard days and failures, but there'll be good days and rewarding wins. My advice is to focus on the little wins no matter how small they may be. But just as importantly note the losses and failures and you will use them to grow and adapt, making your business stronger. But overall try remain with a positive glass half full attitude as you need to stay in good spirits, after all you chose to create your business and you choose the lenses you view the world through. Plus no one wants to hang out with a negative buzz kill.
~Trent, Coast Warriors
The people we get to meet and the look on their faces when we share so many magical moments with them. As the Mumma Bear of the show I don’t get to guide trips much these days as I have to deal with a lot of government bureaucrats, money hungry travel agents and bean counting. But its all worth it to see the happy faces of our guests and hear the rounds of applause for our very talented guides when the trip arrives back in Noosa. And even though like most mums my job feels like the most like groundhog day I know that without Mark and I slogging away in the background none of it would be possible.
~Hana, Drop Bear Adventures
I knew my life was meant to be spent in nature, so I took the leap into running my own business. With many years of hard work I now run EcoTreasures full time with my team of Sydney tour guides and we have the best time in the world hosting our guests from all over Australia and the world.
Just do it.
Do you have a passion that you want to share with the world? Leezair has just launched our marketplace, allowing you to connect with others who are looking to experience your unique activity. Whether that's teaching an exotic cooking class, yoga on the beach or a secret walking tour of your city...