“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Author Chris Clews

An interview with Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke
Mar 30, 2020 · 18 min read

Know when to take a break. Without the program of a typical job and having to be somewhere at a certain time with everything scheduled out, you can quickly forget what day it is. And if you love what you do like me, it doesn’t ever feel like work. I was talking to my sister and she asked what I was doing over the weekend and of course I said working on presentations and content. She asked when I had last gone out with my friends and I couldn’t remember. That night I put my work down and met my friends. It made all the difference.

  1. Be patient. No one sees the days and nights people put into their “overnight” success. I found myself comparing my journey to others and wondering why it wasn’t happening for me as quickly. No matter what you see or hear, it is rarely quick particularly if you are creating something new. You can frustrate yourself right out of the journey if you don’t practice patience.
  2. Know when to take a break. Without the program of a typical job and having to be somewhere at a certain time with everything scheduled out, you can quickly forget what day it is. And if you love what you do like me, it doesn’t ever feel like work. I was talking to my sister and she asked what I was doing over the weekend and of course I said working on presentations and content. She asked when I had last gone out with my friends and I couldn’t remember. That night I put my work down and met my friends. It made all the difference.
  3. Leaving your job to pursue your entrepreneur journey is only the first risk you’ll take. Every day is a risk when you are on your own and trying to build something great. Each day that passes by the risk becomes greater but that’s what keeps us motivated and moving forward. I was debating whether to make yet another financial investment in my journey that I didn’t anticipate and at this time, revenues were incredibly scarce. Oddly enough I was inspired that evening by the movie GhostBusters which is an entrepreneur journey in itself. At one point Dr. Peter Venkman played by Bill Murray says, “Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.” I realized that if I wanted to succeed, I needed to take more risks — financial and otherwise — so I did.
  4. Enjoy the ride. You are getting ready to do something that very few people do but almost everyone talks about doing. Kind of like those who talk about writing a book and those that actually do it. You’ve already succeeded by betting on yourself, starting your journey and taking your shot. As Charles De Mar said to his friend Lane Meyer in Better Off Dead as he stood on his skis at top of the highest mountain peak in their town, “Go that way really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” I don’t have an example here because I promised myself to enjoy it from day one and I have. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

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Phil La Duke

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Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention” and “Blood on my hands

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Pop Culture, Wellness, Social Impact, and Tech. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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