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Many people are unhappy because they have not found their passion or they are not living it. For many of us it takes years of self-analysis and many global life events before we understand what we are passionate about.
There are some who’s passion is helping people uncover and live their life passions. Barrie Davenport is one of them and I am sure most of you know how succsessful she is in that field. She is the author of The 52-Week Life Passion Project - a book, which will help you uncover your life passion. I started reading the book recently and think that it is one of those life changing books, which inspire and enlighten.
I am very happy that I had this opportunity to interview Barrie and share what she told with you. Besides the interview – 2 lucky readers will also get paperback copies of The 52-Week Life Passion Project book and the workbook.
All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post by 22.05.2013 and either describe how you have found your life passion (if you have) or tell why would you like to find it. Please make sure you leave an e mail address or social profile, when commenting so I can contact you later and find out where should the books go to
And here comes the interview:
Q: Who was Barrie Davenport before she became successful blogger, coach and online entrepreneur?
Barrie: I have always been a seeker, interested in personal development, an avid reader, and someone to whom others go for support and advice. But I spent most of my time in the years prior to becoming a blogger, coach, and online entrepreneur raising my children. My oldest daughter was an aspiring professional ballet dancer. So I spent a lot of time helping her achieve her passion by driving her to her ballet studio – a 60 mile round trip twice a day! I also spent time with my other two children and their activities and school events. And I ran a public relations consultancy in which I handled publicity, event planning, and marketing for my clients, supporting them as they achieved their passions. I began my career in public relations right out of college, working both in Atlanta and New York in corporate, agency, and non-profit environments. However, I had virtually stopped consulting during the years I was helping my daughter with her ballet pursuit. It wasn’t until she left home, and I had time to refocus on my PR business that I realized I had no heart for it any longer. It felt meaningless and empty to me. For years I’d been helping other people with their passionate endeavors, but I felt passionless about what I had going on in my life.
Q: How did you find out about your passion?
Barrie: This sense of restlessness and being passionless after my older daughter left home was the beginning of my passion journey. It was really scary and disconcerting to realize that the only career you knew, the only skills you thought you possessed, were no longer enjoyable. I was in my 40’s at the time, and I thought I was too old to start over or do anything else successfully. I totally underestimated myself and my abilities! But at the time, I was in a state of despair and confusion. Fortunately, I didn’t allow these feelings to swallow me up. I kept searching. I took assessments, read books, took courses, went to a coach, talked to a counselor – all in an effort to figure out what I was “supposed” to do. In all of the assessments I took, two career options kept coming up for me – coaching and counseling. I researched both options and really liked the coaching model. Plus it required a shorter education period. I wasn’t completely sure this was my passion, but I signed up for coach training, and as I continued through the program, I realized what a good fit it was for me. Once I completed the program and started my coaching business, I created a basic blog to market my business. Then I discovered how fun and engaging blogging was. I took a blogging course and learned how to build a business around a blog. So one passion led to another and opportunities kept coming my way because I was so engaged in what I was doing. This all took a few years. It’s like opening one door to find many more doors behind each one. But you have to open and walk through that first door.
Q: Was it difficult to make the required changes and follow your passion?
Barrie: Not nearly as difficult as I feared it would be. Fear of taking that first step is truly the hardest part. Once you experiment with something that engages you, then things flow easily for the most part. When you are excited and enthusiastic about a pursuit, then you will do what must be done to make it happen. I love working with people, helping them find solutions and stretch themselves. I love writing and the creative aspects of blogging. But I was a total novice about computer technology. And I don’t particularly like dealing with technology. But I wanted to have a successful online business, so I did what had to be done to get there. I’ve learned that I’m capable of so much more than I ever gave myself credit for. I have discovered skills I didn’t know I had, and honed some of the skills I was using casually in my life (like supporting others, making connections, etc.) to support my business. The most difficult part of the experience has been achieving balance. I love what I do so much that I find I’m not taking care of other things in my life as well as I want to.
Q: What would you advice to those who are not satisfied with their life?
Barrie: Do something about it! Don’t accept mediocre or a less-than-satisfying life. We have a short time on this planet, and you have a passion inside of you that could improve the quality of your life profoundly. Move heaven and earth to uncover it. The worst feeling in the world is regret. Do you want to look back on your life and think, “If only . . . .” ? Begin by committing to the process of uncovering your passion. Set aside at least an hour a week to devote to the process. It requires some work – both the inner work of learning more about yourself and addressing the roadblocks and beliefs holding you back; and the outer work of trial and error, experimentation, and prioritizing. Life passion doesn’t just land in your lap. You have to find it and make it happen. And finding it requires time and energy. It’s like the dating process before you find the love of your life. You have to kiss a few frogs before you find the one.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for The 52-Week Life Project?
Barrie: I recognize that the process of uncovering your passion and pursuing it is daunting. There are hundreds of steps and decisions involved. Thinking about it can make you want to run for the hills and give up on having a passion. Over the years, through my own passion journey, my work in PR supporting others in their passions, and my work as a coach, I’ve developed a passion formula that leads people step-by-step through a process of investigation, self-inquiry, addressing roadblocks, and experimentation. I broke this formula down into week lessons and actions to make it simple and easy to follow for people who are already busy and overwhelmed. The book has 52 weekly lessons with action steps that go with each lesson. Then the reader has a week to digest and refine the work before moving to the next lesson.
Q: Did you have ”ideal reader” in mind while writing the book? If yes, who was he/she?
Barrie: The ideal reader is someone who feels stuck and generally uninspired or downright unhappy with their life. It is anyone who feels they have more inside of them, but they don’t know what that more might be, how to figure it out, or how to apply it to their lives once they do figure it out. It is a person who might be tangled up in fears and self-doubt, wondering if they can afford to make change, if they might be too old or too young or not capable. It’s for someone who might have dozens of interests, but they don’t know which one to pursue first or why they should. They might fear they will make the wrong choice, so they make no choice at all. It’s for someone who has that feeling of restlessness, boredom, stress, or a sense that things just aren’t the way they are supposed to be. It’s for anyone who wants to live authentically, expressing their deepest desires through their work, relationships, lifestyle, or otherwise.
Q: Is there anything else you would like readers of Life Probabilities to know?
Barrie: Uncovering your passion and making it real in your life is a process that can take several months or several years. But it is the most important endeavor you will ever undertake. Living a passionate life will fundamentally change everything in your life – your work, your relationships, and how you experience the world. It should take priority over any of the other tasks, commitments, or time-wasters (TV, surfing the net, shopping, etc.) in your life. Make a commitment to making your life align with your highest values and deepest desires. Value yourself enough to create the best life possible for yourself!
I would like to thank Barrie for the interview and wish her success with all upcoming projects!
Barrie Davenport is a life passion coach, author, and founder of BarrieDavenport.com, a site devoted to helping people uncover and live their life passions. She is the author of The 52-Week Life Passion Project.