I had a moment to reflect before a meeting this morning. It wasn’t long at all. Maybe 10 minutes at most. I wrote it down in my notebook but I thought it would be good to record it here as well.
The more I head down this path of learning what I’m most passionate about things become more clear to me. Things like what makes happy and gives me life. Things like what is a struggle and prevents me from pursuing what I love.
I might have written this here before but a long time ago, my good friend James Pearson asked me what my passion was. Without hesitation, it was coaching. The quickness at which I responded actually shocked me a bit.
Coaching for a living seemed like something for people who were good enough to coach college and the pros. In swimming there really wasn’t a professional world, so college was it for me. I quickly realized though that getting into coaching at the college was incredibly hard. There aren’t many jobs and more were going away as programs shut down. So I never really gave it a thought, coaching in college.
High school was great at the time. Early twenties with little responsibility and a flexible schedule. I could totally leave work at 2pm for practice and then come back after. The further along in my career, the less that was possible. My passion for coaching didn’t seem possible to do full time but at least I know it was in my heart of hearts back then.
All that is to say I really did care about coaching but didn’t think it would ever be possible to support myself on. Fast forward over a decade and I’m here. I’m starting this triathlon business and I’m close to figuring out a way to do this, just in the context of triathlons instead of just swimming.
This morning I thought to myself, “triathlon coaching has everything for me that has made me happy over the years”. I’ll list out what I’ve experienced over the past couple weeks and months.
- Coaching itself really makes me happy. I love the interaction with athletes and challenging them, supporting than being their biggest fan.
- I love swimming. I love cycling. I’ve come to love running. Whether I’m coaching or doing it myself, I love it.
Websites. Running a business requires a website. It’s unique for me to be able to work on a website for myself. It fulfills that deep need to be analytic but also practical.
- Design. Though I didn’t design the site, I still deal with it for the business. Whether it’s the site, business cards, or images for Facebook and Twitter. I love that I get to use my design skills and it satisfies that need to be creative. Maybe even start a clothing line 😉
- Photography. I’m getting to do some great photography. I didn’t think I’d ever get to utilize it much again but photos are a crucial part of telling Victory Tri’s story.
- Video. I’m not doing much yet, but I have ideas. I’m looking forward to using this skill again
- Writing. I’ve had a love of writing for a long time. I don’t do it enough, but generating content is a big part of marketing these days and I’m enjoying the challenge of writing. I hope I’m growing as a writer and am becoming an effective communicator through that medium.
- Business. Something about business intrigues me. I like figuring it out. I think it’s the feeling of freedom it can bring.
I’m excited to continue pursuing this endeavor. I’m giving it my best shot with what I have. We’ll see where I am in a year. I don’t know yet if it’s truly the perfect scenario but it sure seems like it.