Pursuing Your Passion: From Comedian to Trainer
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” - Christopher Reeve
Being a new employee, I recently sat down with our company’s CEO Steve Bookbinder so that I could learn more about Digital Media Training’s company roots. To my surprise, I learned that Steve was an aspiring comedian many years ago; before starting the company. He started off by telling me a little bit about himself. He shared the fact that he has always enjoyed being on stage and told me that he found success by asking himself how he could combine his passion for being on stage with his work. He began his career by presenting his knowledge of sales and later about selling digital media and online marketing. The result: Digital Media Training was born.
Steve accomplished this by creatively thinking about how to combine his heart’s desire with a career and by taking action to make this happen for himself. Steve’s story of combining your passion with making a living is one more example of the importance of following your passion for happiness and success. Although this idea can be hard to practice, it serves as an inspiration and testimony to the value of finding and following your passion.
I started thinking about other ways in which your passion can guide you to your success. There are people who enjoy watching TV and can become successful operation managers at a broadcast station. Another example is someone who loves instructing others and while at first glance the idea of teaching can come to mind, this interest can also be practiced in a career in human resources. Similarly, someone who enjoys talking and listening to people can continue to interact with others by possibly becoming a customer service rep or sales managers. Working in an area that falls within the realm of your interests will be more satisfying than devoting your time to a career that is unrelated.
There are many ways in which you can apply what you love to do to your career. Taking the time to reflect and think about the different possibilities that are open to you will prove to be worthwhile. Take the time today to think about what it is that you truly enjoy doing. In Steve’s case he loved being on stage, making people laugh and presenting information. The next time you find yourself really enjoying an activity, ask yourself, how could I make a living from this or how can I apply this to my current career or occupation?
What’s your passion? Share your story and interests with us in the comment box below.
About Molly DePasquale
Molly DePasquale is the Manager of Operations and Sales Training Strategist for DMTraining. She manages the day-to-day business and training operations while helping research and develop new training programs as well as refreshing signature programs to reflect the newest sales trends, technology, and best practices. Molly utilizes her wide-range of skills to create sales and marketing assets focused on delivering value to DMT’s clients. Molly has a passion for learning and leveraging new knowledge and experiences. Outside of DMTraining, Molly is a hard core Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoys staying active by running and golfing, and unwinds by reading and playing the piano.