a new venture… and finding passion


I’m always talking about finding your life’s passion, grabbing it by the horns, and totally milking it. I do that as often as possible, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Someone very close to me — probably the closest person to me — recently did that. I’m talking about my best friend, my husband.

You see since the downturn in the tech industry (late 90’s!) he’s been wondering who he is. He’s good at programming, but he’s not a programmer. Not his personality. He’s a techie, but a people person. He got an MBA in his late 30’s, is good at problem solving, worked in health care management, tried to figure out what to do (since he couldn’t deal with the red tape of health care).

Meanwhile, trying to figure things out, he’d been tinkering with the old used Mercedes we’d bought, keeping them on the road, working on a conversion project.

And it dawned on him: why not put the two together?

So, long story short: after months of scouring brokerage listings, an auto repair shop (in Snohomish, WA) fell into our laps, with a manager and mechanics to come along with it. A very popular, very profitable shop. My husband is there working 5 days a week, and is tired, but loves owning a shop that works, with guys who work well together.

He is happier than I’ve seen him in years… and we’ve been together almost 17 years. It’s great!

Sometimes, if you’re trying to figure out what you love, it hits you at the most random times. It’s not always a hobby. Sometimes it’s a new hobby. Sometimes it’s a hobby that you haven’t even tried yet! (Car repair work is new for my husband, only in the past few years…) As I say, if you feel in a rut, try something new — tango, a cooking class, rock climbing… and even if you realize you don’t like it after one session, that’s something new about yourself that you now know. 🙂

One Response to “a new venture… and finding passion”

  1. 1 Steve Yool

    Bravo to him! This is so fantastic, and makes your point so well!

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