You Don't Have To Choose Between Career or Passion - You Can Have Both!

3 highlights that demystify the misconception that you have to choose between your career or your passions.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has forced us all to slow down, sit still, and reflect on our lives. I've had many amazing conversations with colleagues who are starting to tap into their desires to pursue meaningful passion projects.

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about pursuing passion projects is that doing so will negatively impact their careers. Some people feel like they have to choose between their job or their passions.

As someone who manages a full-time career, a non-profit foundation, and many other passion projects, I am here to tell you that you can pursue your passions without sacrificing your career.

Here are three highlights that I hope encourage you to pursue your passions without sacrificing your career:

1. When I couple my #CareerGoals with

pursuing my passions on the side, I feel complete.

For me, one cannot exist without the other.

We cannot expect our careers to fill every part of our lives. That's a lot of expectation centered on one area of life. My job fulfills my desire to solve complex business problems and build innovative products that impact an industry I'm passionate about. That's about it. I have other passions that my career does not fulfill, and that is okay. The humanitarian in me desires to be involved in social impact work that impacts my community. Hence, I started a non-profit foundation focused on the advancement of youth through education and mentorship. I desire to share knowledge in hopes that it motivates others to realize their greatness, thus why I am working on a series of books on personal and professional development. The list goes on. When I only focus on my career, and I neglect my passions, I often feel lacking. It's why I pursue them both.

Typical questions many ask me:

1. Do you ever sleep?

Absolutely, at least 6-8 hours a day. Sleepless nights are not for me, and they are not healthy! With that said, I am up around 5:30-6 am daily. I maximize every hour of the day.

2. How do you find the time to do it all?

You don't find the time; you make the time. When your passions align with the things that bring you joy and happiness, it is easy to prioritize them.