Greater Than Business Podcast – Episode 016
This is episode 16 of the Greater Than Business Podcast. And today we are going to be talking all about the importance of having a hobby outside of your business. And the reason why this is such a huge passion for me is the fact that for years I used to run my business as my hobby because I had a real job. And on the side I would always do my business. But the problem was is that when my business became my only job and I was working nine to five in my, on my own business, and then after hours I would sit down and think, well, I'm going to keep working cause I, I enjoy my business. It was my hobby beforehand and I'm gonna keep working on it. And guess what happened? Burnout. So basically I got to the point where my hobby became my job and then my job was also my hobby.
And then I had absolutely no time for anything else in my life. And I basically was working all the time. But masking it as I was having fun. And even though I was having fun, don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but there are some times where you need to sit down and think, is this best for me mentally, physically, emotionally, or should I step away and take a break and find something else that can bring me joy on top of my business. So a lot of people start their online businesses as a side hustle. So you're working nine to five at let's say a bank, cause that's the easiest nine to five job I can think of. And so you're working at a bank and you love working at the bank, but it's not, it's not fueling your passion. When you were a little kid, you never sat down and thought, I want to work in a bank.
Like no offense if you do work at a bank. But I'm pretty sure that was not your aspiration when you were five years old. Pretty sure you wanted to own a unicorn and ride around or something that would give you that same equivalent of joy. And clearly a bank was not your to. So what you started doing when you were working at your bank was finding something that brought you joy on the side. So that could be a sports, it could be a hobby, it could just be something that brings you joy. For me, it was my side hustle. So it was creating a business that allowed me to not have to work for somebody else and gave me the opportunity to do the things I wanted to do with my children, with my husband, and basically allowed me to build a life around working.
So I didn't always have to be working. I could still have a life, I could do the things that brought me joy. And that was basically why this whole thing started. So I created a side hustle and it became something that I worked on whenever I had free time, I didn't have a hobby back in the day. I used to scrapbook and I loved it. I was so super organized. I would, I had all of my family pictures separated and sorted by person by category, like you name it. Everything was insane. Like I was, I was knee deep in scrapbooking and I got to the point where it just, it wasn't fun anymore. And at that point then that was when I decided that like, there's gotta be a way I kept getting told that I could make money on the side by scrapbooking because I was so good at it and I was so fast and I tried it once and it really didn't work out well.
I just, I didn't find joy in putting other people's pictures on pages. It didn't, it didn't do anything for me. But then that brought me into the online world in a really weird way. And eventually there was a whole other load of building blocks that brought me to where I am now. But I finally got to where I am now. And when I was still working in my regular job, my business became my hobby. And for years it was like that where I was trying to build a business on the side, I was trying to figure out something that I could do to build a business on the side. And basically that became my hobby. But once I got to the point where my hobby was then paying my bills and I didn't need to work anymore, then it got tricky because I still wanted to be working on something that I found fun.
But at the same time, I kept working all the time and I'd never had a release or a way for my brain to shut off and stop thinking about work. So I started spiraling into overwhelm and burnout and among other things, like it was just, it was not a, it wasn't happy anymore. I wasn't finding that same joy in my business and I started to resent it. So I wanted to give you guys a word from the other side, basically, that if you don't already have a hobby, then you need to get one. And you can't use your business as your hobby because you will get to that scary spot of burnout and your mental exhaustion will just be at a peak and it's not where you want to be. Trust me, I've been there. It is not fun and it's not a place that you want to be if you can help it.
So I want you to sit down and I want you to really think of something that you can do as a hobby outside of your business. Now I know for myself, I have been trying desperately, desperately trying to create a hobby for myself that's outside of my business, but right now my hobby is basically busing my children to all of their various sporting events because my life is in that stage right now where I am running to hockey practice and Muay Thai practices and hockey games, baseball games, you name it. I'm running all over everywhere and literally that is my hobby right now. So I don't have the luxury of having the time to be able to do a hobby. But I have found simple joys and self care things that I can do that aren't really a hobby, but it's just something that takes my mind off of work.
So for self care, I make sure that almost every day I'm going in my hot tub. I love my hot tub. If you've ever had a scent or ever spoken to me in any length, you have definitely heard me talk about the hot tub. I love it. It is the greatest purchase I've ever done in my entire life. And if you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one because trust me, the novelty does not wear off and they are fantastic, especially if you're working all day at a desk, hunched over a computer, your back will. Thank you. But that is basically kind of my, my little self care thing that I do. And recently I have been trying to take time out of my day and work out and I know for a lot of entrepreneurs in this space, especially working online, working out has, is a huge, huge hobby that goes across the board for various people.
It basically allows you to get up, get some movement in your life and your day, get some stresses out, get those, basically get yourself moving and get yourself out of your chair and doing something that well it may not bring you the same passion and create creative outlet that some other hobbies would do. It still gets you moving and does great things. So I'm trying to incorporate that more so in my life. Um, but it's, it's kinda just the first step in making sure that I create some sort of a hobby outside of my business. So the whole, basically the whole purpose of this episode is, I just wanted to give you a glimmer into why it's important to have a hobby outside of your business, which I just kind of covered and basically gave you the quick rundown of why it's important to not consider your business a hobby once it's become more than that and that you need to replace what you used to consider your hobby business with an actual hobby.
And there's various, like I, I really can't get into giving you all of the examples of hobbies that you could pick up, but as long as you can figure out something, then it will not only make your business better, but it'll make your life better. And that is the whole purpose of this podcast. We always are talking about business, but with the underlying tone of how it always will make your life better. And that you need to always be thinking of making your life greater than your business and making sure that everything that you do in your business gives a positive effect to your life. And everything that you do in your life doesn't necessarily have to revolve around your business. So with that being said, I hope that you can take away from this episode that you should be able to find some sort of a hobby, something that brings you joy beyond your business.
Something that allows you to escape the mental pressures of your business, allows you to not feel any more pressure financially. If finances are a big thing that you're struggling with, which trust me, we've all been there, finances are a huge, huge factor in not having a hobby. Um, but I want you to really, really, really sit down and think about something if you don't already have a hobby, something you could do as a hobby so that you are doing something beyond your business. So there's various people that I know that will like, I think some of their hobbies or honestly just walking. They'll go outside for a walk and take their dog, take their friend's dog, take their kids, go with their spouse, whatever it is. Basically you long walks are a huge thing that I know a lot of people will do where they can just kind of go vent, think about what they want to be doing.
Think about ideas like that. That is basically one of the best spots where I go to get ideas is just a long walk and I'll usually take my husband with me cause I can bounce ideas off of him and because he's involved but yet not involved in my business, he can really be a good sounding board so that even if I need space away from my business because I'm frustrated with it, I can go on a nice long walk and usually by the time I get back I've already ironed out the frustrations that I was previously having. So think about it that way, that if you could just, even if you don't want to necessarily escape your business totally as long as you can just put your mind towards doing something else, maybe that'll help you to iron out whatever frustrations you are having in your business or whatever overwhelm you're having.
And as long as you're making sure that you are prioritizing self care, some sort of a hobby on top of your business, then you're going to be in a great spot. Some other ideas are obviously, as I said, exercising is a big one. Um, honestly if you want to go back to scrapbooking, that's another one. Um, I know some people that do photography outside of their business and I actually know somebody that runs a completely unrelated business and they also run, their hobby is photography and then they actually turned their photography into a business. So they have nail, like they've monetized their hobby at a secondary level on top of having their first business originally being their hobbies. So it's like they keep monetizing whatever hobby it is that they pick up and have created multiple different income streams. So something like that would be amazing if you have a creative talent in some way where you could then turn around and sell whatever it is you're producing.
You don't have to always monetize it. So that was just kind of an example there. But if you can sit down and think about how important it is to do something outside of your business, some sort of a hobby, some sort of an activity, even just playing recreational sports, just something to get you out of your business rut. Get out of your house, get out of your office, get your brain out of your business for even 15 to 20 minutes a day. It will do nothing but make you a better business owner, a better business person, and it will benefit your business in ways that I can't even begin to describe. So if you want any ideas of different hobbies that you could potentially take up, I'm going to include some suggestions in the show notes and you can find those GreaterThanBusiness.com/016. And anything that I've mentioned in this show, I will link everything there and it's going to be a fantastic resource for you to be able to find something that you could do, maybe just some sort of an idea that will get the ball rolling so that you can create an amazing hobby outside of your amazing business and something where you can,
basically go to for some comfort outside of this stress of your business. Because no matter how much you love your business, it's always stressful. No matter how well it's run, you're still stressed out about it because with any business, there's always stress. So that's my words of wisdom for today. Please, please, please make sure that you have a hobby outside of your business. Make sure that you are doing something that you love on top of the business that you do love. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself above your business. Make sure that you feel joy doing something other than working and make sure that you are always putting yourself above everything and that's about it for today. I am going to keep this episode nice short, sweet and that's, that's all I've got for today so I hope that you enjoyed this episode.
Next week I'll be back with a brand new episode and I am not going to tell you what the topic is yet because it's going to be, it's, it's still kinda up in the air. I've got some ideas. If you have any ideas for upcoming shows, anything that you would like, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure to get back to you and I am always looking for potential guests for the show. If you would like to come on the show and explain how you have prioritized your life over your business, make sure that you are taking the proper steps in your business to get automation and set up boundaries and all of that fun stuff. By all means. I would love to have you as a guest. I will include a link at the bottom of this episode in order for us to be able to connect. I hope that you are having a fantastic day and I will talk to you soon.
Greater Than Business Podcast – Episode 016