Three Tips to Start Your Passion Project

Photograph by Tianna Yentzer.

Dreams are the result of hard work.

It’s really that simple. Talent is helpful, luck is fortunate, but hard work is the key. So many people like to talk about their “secret ingredient” for a passion project.

Nah, fam. It’s just hard work in my book.

I wanna get real with you about getting where you want to go with your passion project. Don’t get lost in the huge number of strategies. You’ll figure out what works best for you. But this is important. So I’m going to give you some tips to work with.

Every project begins by making the commitment to start it.

You can learn to be talented, but deciding to take that journey is the key. Each draft is finished through the time put into editing. The best of lines happen after you’ve thrown out another 40 before. And let me say this loud and clear:

Your hard work needs a reason.

Don’t do it for money. Don’t do it for someone else’s approval. Do it because it’s your passion project. Even my Ph.D. is a passion project, one that I’ve been chasing since I was 8 years old.

What drives your dream? Get down in the weeds of your heart and be honest. And when you have that answer, proceed ahead.

Dreams involve some loss, too.

You dream will not happen if you don’t make the choice to do the hard work. And that means some sacrifices, too. But I promise you, it’s worth it.

Your fear will make you doubt. I’m here to tell you that you’ll succeed even if it becomes something different. Be open to where the journey takes you.

I believe in your work. I believe in you. So go out there get it done!

In Courage & Care,


Lacing together difficult truths with beauty and a little magic. Poet, novelist, mental health advocate, corgi & horse lover, friend.