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Megan Yelaney shares her experience of exploring different passions as a business person



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To earn money while doing something you love, you require a great deal of patience, fierce dedication and optimism should always remain sky-high to achieve the target.

One thing which might end up puzzling a lot of people is this – the passion of your life, which you’re trying to monetize, is not the only thing you might be passionate about in life. There’s always scope for an individual to explore the tremendous scope existing in each one of their passions, but giving it too much of thought could pose an almighty challenge.

Megan Yelaney was struggling to choose between her passions as well and was on the same boat as most aspiring entrepreneurs. As a founder of a business that strongly empowers and advocates the success of other women, Melaney continues to be incredibly passionate for her business. Having achieved so much in a very short span of time as an online coach through her website and social media platforms, she now has time to explore some of her other passions which took a back seat all this while.

Yelaney is a business major, but instead of going straight into the corporate world, she took a few detours and found myself working as an actress—even worked as an extra for “Orange Is The New Black.” Acting was one of her many passions, but it was tough to make a mark in the Hollywood industry. While she kept earning through pay-check to pay-check, she started realizing she was destined for better things.

She had a lingering feeling in her heart that while she was passionate about acting, a career for her as an actor wouldn’t have made much sense and as it turns out, her decision to opt-out of the business proved to be fruitful. She had an opportunity to go back to her business roots and apply skills that she learned as she kept exploring different fields that match her passion. Yelaney takes great pride in taking that step to dip her toe in various lakes.

8 years since she shifted careers, she is fortunate enough to have another shot at it. And fortunately, it’s not a choice of whether she should choose one passion over the other—it’s finding the right balance to pursue both. One thing she cannot disregard is spending a lot of time and energy on her business. Any interest outside of it would require time, brainpower, energy, and resources. But she stands as proof that despite the demands, you can successfully pursue different interests, even when you’re at the helm of a thriving business.

In her words, Megan Yelaney gives four valuable suggestions for men and women across the globe to attain success as a business person.

1. Surround Yourself With a Good Team

There is no way I would be able to even think about exploring opportunities for acting, and doing a show if I wasn’t working with people who I know I could rely on. My team is crucial to my success, whether I’m building my business or trying to explore other passions. Finding the right people allows me to delegate and free up time for myself to pursue other interests. And it gives me peace of mind to know that I’m entrusting my business to people who care about its success as much as I do.

2. Be Patient With Yourself

Early in my career as a business coach, acting had to sit in the back burner while I focused my attention on my business. Today, I have a chance to come back to it and catch up on everything that I missed. Don’t beat yourself up if you have to press pause on other interests so you can focus on one and do it well. Pursuits of passion take time to hone and develop. Sometimes timing plays a factor as well.

3. Find Ways to Bridge Your Passions Together

Business and acting may seem like they’re worlds apart. In a sense that’s true. But I will always stand by the fact that working as an actress taught me so many life skills that I was able to apply in my business. Being an actress taught me resilience and the value of hard work. It instilled the importance of creativity in me and the ability to put myself in other people’s shoes. All of these skills became invaluable to me as a business coach, which is another passion of mine.

4. Never let great opportunities slip by your hands

The demands of running a business on our time are great, and the draw of our passions is undeniable. But always remember that life is short. And when we are presented with a chance to pursue that we love, take advantage of that. When you do though, go easy on yourself. It’ll be tough juggling multiple passions and interests, especially when one happens to be your business—but it can also be one of the most fulfilling things you can do for yourself.