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Q&A: How to find your passion & make it your career (with a special guest!)

Grab a notebook & pen because I think EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU will get something from today’s Q&A.

I put the call out on social media yesterday asking you to share with me what you were struggling with.

Overwhelmingly, people said that they were struggling to find what they’re passionate about, or finding a purpose outside of work, or how to make what they love their career.

As someone who’s experienced ALL of these feelings, I felt so strongly about answering this one ASAP.

This is a special edition Q&A with a guest appearance from an expert, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

You’ll get two different perspectives on how to find your passion & make a living with it: mine, which is more on the intuitive side, and Adrien’s which is more on the strategic side.

Aside from being a subject we’re both passionate about, this Q&A is FULL of hilarious outtakes. I kept it pretty unfiltered because that’s always more fun anyway!

Over to you! Do you know what your passion/purpose is? If not, where are you going to look? What’s going to be YOUR step 1? Share as much as you like!ย Thousands of people see these comments, and you never know who you may influence with your thoughts.ย 

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    Nadine

    November 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Thank you so much for this. It was very helpful and interesting. I really enjoyed the guest appearance from the expert. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You two are adorable!

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      Erin Motz

      November 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      thanks, nadine! really glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Debby

    November 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Cool this surprise presentation, and you two are adorable! Like the subject, I’m a jumper-head first kind of entrepreneur for decades now. But. How do I grab a strategic way of running my business? You know, like knowing what next month, next year etc. will bring. I have to say that doing the 30-days Yoga challenge helped me bringing more structure in my life but it’s still far from having a business plan, a strategy. Maybe for a next Q&A?

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    Letizia

    November 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Guys, this was AMAZING!!! I love seeing the frenchman and hearing from him too!!! also, it was really useful and inspiring! I have been thinking about starting a blog or something, just to reconnect with my first passion (writing!) and maybe melting it with my passion for yoga, but I didn’t really know if it would work out (I tried in the past and then just left life come in the way…). Having someone who inspires me everyday telling me “Just do it!” was probably what I needed…I will try my best!
    Let me tell you, this is probably the best Q&A so far, you two are really amazing together (and separately, but you know what I mean!) Hope the frenchman will overcome the awkwardness (man I feel you, I made a video for you and it took me 1 hour to make 30 seconds!) and join Erin more often!
    Thank you so much!!!

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    Lorrianne

    November 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I think this was a nice mix up for Q&A Wednesday. I always appreciate how you leave in parts that make you more human to us. Like laughing at the noise outside. You and The Frenchman gave great advice. Thank you for this.

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    Beth Henningsen

    November 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I figured out before high school that I was super passionate about science and music. I went to college and got my degree in microbiology. I thought about a career in music, but I really didn’t want to teach. So for me, working in science and keeping music as a hobby was the path that worked best for me. Especially if you are creative and but don’t want the financial uncertainty of making that your career, there are SO MANY volunteer opportunities out there. I play violin in the pit orchestra of community theater productions of musicals – community theaters are always looking for creative people to volunteer – acting, directing, choreographing, costuming, set design and building, props collecting, hair and make-up, lighting and sound. I play violin in a community orchestra that sends chamber groups to senior housing to play for residents. I play clarinet in a concert band that also plays for senior housing. I’ve played in an orchestra that collects money for food shelves. So many of the people I perform with did not make music or acting their paid career. Most have jobs completely unrelated to performance arts. So if your passion doesn’t coincide with what you do for a living, you can still find ways to incorporate it into your life.

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    Elisabeth

    November 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This was great!!! Adrien is a natural and he should do more videos on this subject! Not that I don’t like your other videos Erin, but for this particular segment, I think that bringing in the Frenchman was a great idea! This video was very helpful and it might have been just what I needed to think about starting my own business a little more seriously. Continuez votre bon travail! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah

    November 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    This was great advice and a great mash up of you two! Loved hearing what both of you had to say about it. Thank you!

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    CHRISTINA PAPAGEORGOPOULOU

    November 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for doing this! Love both halves of the Bad Yogi!

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    Devon Warren

    November 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I love love loved this!!!! Nice to see the Frenchman once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ This subject really resonated with me since I’ve been feeling very lost lately. I just feel like I’m on autopilot most days. I don’t feel like I have a purpose in life. Most of my friends are starting to have kids…so their purpose is being a mom (which is awesome). But I don’t have that option at the moment. So I feel like I haven’t figured out what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I really want to make a difference in some way…not like I’m trying to solve the world’s problems…but help in some small way. So basically what I’m trying to say is THANK YOU for the video. It really hit home and gave me some good points to think about. You guys are great! Keep doing what you do!

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    ร…sa

    November 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great Q&A! You two complimenti eachother so well. Great advice from both of you.
    I couldn’t help but laugh when you asked The frenchman who he is, Erin, and he replied “I don’t know”. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    Kia

    November 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    This was my favourite Q&A you’ve done. I’d love to hear more on this topic from both of you, particularly some more examples and how to budget your time when juggling the task of figuring out your current passions/goals and working in the ‘real world’.

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      Erin Motz

      November 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

      thank you, kia! really glad to hear this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cherise

    November 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I loved this! I feel like the two of you could start an entire blog or vlog series JUST on how to launch passions/businesses/projects. You guys know so much and it’s awesome to learn from an entrepreneurial stand point. Good job guys. And the awkwardness works! I find it endearing and entertaining <3

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    Laura

    November 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This video was quite refreshing, I have to admit that I also thought about passion as being this ‘one big thing’. Especially after moving to Nice myself with my own Frenchman. Only shortly after we arrived he basically found his passion by chance and he started his own company. Three years later he is still just as passionated. This reinforced my idea about what passion is, and in a way I guess I’ve always been sort of waiting to find out what it is I truly love. I really like the idea that it can be multiple (and maybe smaller, not ‘all consuming’) things. The advice that you don’t have to start the new Facebook also really resonated with me. That’s so true and logical, but sometimes you just need to hear somebody say it! So thanks both!

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      Erin Motz

      November 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

      do you still live in Nice?!

      really happy to hear that this resonated with you. totally agree that sometimes it just takes hearing something from someone other than yourself for it to stick!

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        Laura

        November 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        We live in Grasse nowadays! Nice is great, but Grasse is closer to our jobs and much cheaper. Grasse has a bit of bad rep, but it’s actually quite alright. I do miss being close to the sea though, I’m sometimes jealous of your photos! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          Erin Motz

          November 4, 2016 at 4:09 am

          We we just there a couple weekends ago! It’s a cute place ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time you’re in Nice, shoot me an email!

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    Lyne

    November 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I loved this Q&A would love to get more of the same! It’s very encouraging.
    Thank you so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tiffany

    November 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I really enjoyed this video! Thank you both! I have a special journal that I use for my entrepreneurial brainstorms, exercises, and inspiring quotes – your advice was added into it. ?

    I’ve been doing a lot of personal work trying to navigate my path and figure out how to make my passions into something sustainable – and this video is just what I needed today. I especially like the Frenchman’so advice on just starting without over complicating it. And to essentially expect a little embarrassment. I am a perfectionist of sorts, so I know I just need to loosen up and let it go!

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    Julie

    November 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    This was great. Glad to hear Adrian’s voice. It’s cute how much you both talk with your hands lol. Anyway I wanted to let you know I’ve been practicing yoga for a little over 3 years now. Mostly at home with your videos ? The more I practice the more I try to get others to try it; telling them the benefits etc. I made the decision a few months ago to take a teacher training course. I’m still in the beginning stages (trying to figure which studio to go to), but I feel I owe a big THANK YOU to you. Your classes have been my motivation to teach. I love how you’re real; you like pizza, you drink wine, etc. I can’t wait to start learning to teach! Much love to you and The Frenchman โค๏ธ

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    loveleigh

    November 2, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    loved it erin <3
    so apt for me right now!

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    Sandy

    November 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

    That was spectacular! And, so on point for me right now. I especially liked the tip of “where does your mind wander in silence” because I have something that I have been gravitating towards for the past several years. Your tips will help me start on that path! Thanks for all you do!!

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    Jen

    November 3, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Wow – I didn’t expect a topic like this one to crop up, but genuinely love that it has. It’s wonderful to hear both of your perspectives on all of these questions. Thanks for sharing. Really loved this one.

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    Suzanne

    November 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

    This was really wonderful. I always love the Q&As but I feel like this was the best one and it was so relevant to where I am and where a lot of other people are, currently.

    The reiteration of “your passion doesn’t have to be singular for your life” and, I think most importantly “it doesn’t have to be a career and how you make a living” is such a hard thing for lots of people to grasp. Even myself. Being reminded that you don’t have to “hustle” 24/7 takes a lot of the pressure and the need to rush off.

    Thank you!!

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    Michelle

    November 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Awesome segment!!

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    Mirix

    November 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    That was amazing!!! Erin, you’re amazing and you’re great together!!

    You really got me seriously thinking about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Erin Motz

      November 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

      awesome to hear! thanks, mirix ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melissa Nordin

    November 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    My favorite thing from this is: Don’t be afraid to faceplant! Best advice for pretty much everything! You two are soooo cute!

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    Connie Chamberlain

    November 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Great session! Thanks for the advice! My passion for 20+ years was my family which included kids and parents. Juggling schedules to make room for both work, school events, parents’ needs, and playtime! Now that it’s down to the 2 of us again I have felt in limbo. Still have my home office work but feel the need for something new and different. Really like your advice of where does your mind take you when you are quiet and day dreaming. A wise insight!

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    Juliet

    November 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Yes. Fab. This was great – some excellent advice. Adrien is a STAR and you should definitely do more joint presentations. Wise words.

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    Kim

    November 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    You two are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cute. Love it!!!

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    Ashkey

    November 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I loved this topic! I’m a firm believer in that you get what you need from the universe (I know, so cliche yogi), but I think the tips and insights you both offered were exactly what I needed to hear! I’ve been running an “intrapreneurial” business for the last several months, and I recently have begun to question myself, so hearing about the ups and downs being part of the process just helps me to keep moving forward… you guys are so adorable (and eloquent)!

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      Ashley

      November 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      My name is Ashley btw… all part of the process ?

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    Jill

    November 4, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Great topic and video, thanks!! And you two are so adorable I just cannot stand it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa

    November 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Really interesting to hear you both talk on this subject – ever hear of the concept of Multipotentiality? This is something that might resonate with those Bad Yogi’s who feel like specialising has never sat right with them. I have found Emilie’s website really helpful and she does a great TED talk too on the subject – check it out http://puttylike.com

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    Lotus

    November 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    This was really inspiring and it was so easy for me personally to relate to many things you’ve talked about. Thank you Erin & Adrien ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Karen

    November 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    “Not everything has to be the next ‘Facebook'” is a wise and great perspective to have! I also enjoyed this Q&A and hope to see you both together again soon. BTW, keep laughing together. 28 years after saying I do, my husband and I still laugh together and life is much brighter that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Abby Niell

    November 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this Q&A!! It was exactly what I needed to hear. I’m pursuing a degree in Exercise Science to become a Health Coach, and will hopefully run my own business one day. Adrien’s tips really encouraged me because I have a lot of fears/hesitancy about taking such a big leap. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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    Nicola Haston

    November 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    This was really great! Love this different format and seeing your lovely Frenchman on screen ;).

    I’m currently shifting between careers by working my ass off 7 days a week, and I can finally start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. It still won’t be exactly what I want to do, but it’s a lot better than where I was and makes me much happier. And I still have plenty of time to work towards my dream job. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Angie

    November 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This was fantastic! I loved it. Adrien’s last tip of “everything doesn’t have to be the next Facebook” really resonated with me. I have recently come to that same conclusion myself. I am highly creative but work an uncreative job. The job pays very well but is not necessarily personally fulfilling. So I realized that it’s OK that my job isn’t my passion. I have several passions outside of work and have started doing things and exploring hobbies that are very fulfilling and inspiring. P.S. You two are so darn cute! I would love to see more of the both of you in the Q&As. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Antoinette

    November 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this! I could really relate to it from my own experience. I learned to crochet when I was 8 years old and have been doing it ever since, I enjoy it and it’s very calming to me. I would have friends always asking me to make things for them and out of nowhere, several of them said you should have a store on Etsy.

    I laughed and said yeah right, who would buy anything from me, and they laughed and said hello, people like us! Haha, so now, three years later, my shop is still going strong and it doesn’t feel like work to me because I love it. It took several months for me to create my shop because at first I thought it was silly, but like you said, it’s when you feel a little bit silly that you know you are on the right path. Good luck to everyone!

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    Jimmy Fryksten

    November 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    That was both really fun and interesting. I can see why you fall in love with “the frenshman”.

    I think many people are unhappy with their jobs and we work a lot in a lifetime so it is great if more people dare to try something new. And it can just be a hobby in the beginning, but then it might grow.

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    Lheann

    November 8, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Inspirational, as with all things Bad Yogi!! Thank you Erin and “The Frenchman”.
    Each day the Bad Yogi Community helps me march on through the craziness of life.
    Big Up to all the Bad Yogi ‘s out there. Lhex

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    Ashley

    November 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    You guys are awesome and this video was super inspiring. In your opinion, what is the best way to learn how to develop and maintain a website?

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