67: What are your hobbies outside of work?

Having hobbies and developing skills outside of work. This is something that has been important to me for as long as I can remember, but I have fallen away from these hobbies in recent years. It’s a shame, but I’m hoping that this episode will help me break out of that funk.

If you listened to episode 65, you heard me talking about spending a weekend with other entrepreneurs. At first, I assumed that weekend would be all about work. Working hard in business, sharing war stories, etc.

Turns out it was the opposite. I felt like the only workaholic in the bunch. Most of these successful people were not as work-obsessed as I have been lately, and yet they have accomplished so much. It was an inspiring shift in mindset and made me think about some difficult choices I will need to make in the future.

Tal Gur gave a talk about how he has spent the past 10 years chasing 100 goals. For example, one year he decided to run an ironman triathlon. Another, he decided to improve his social skills. It was fascinating, and it’s going to be the subject of a book he published in the future.

It got me thinking about how I started a similar approach in life a few years ago to master new skills. My thought was that you can develop a new skill at an expert level if you spend 1 year studying it inside-out. And that is how I have developed many of my personal skills over the years.

The best part is that these don’t even need to be work related. Many are just skills that help me become a more well rounded person. That has always been important to me, to be a renaissance man of sorts. But lately, I have been working so hard, that skill development has sort of taken a back seat to growing the business. A lot has been sacrificed in the name of growth, and I’m hoping to shift the balance back to finish 2017 and into 2018.

Of course, as I say this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Casablanca, Morocco, and have a whirlwind travel schedule to end the month of September. Hard to focus on hobbies and skill development when you’re always waiting in a queue for an airplane.

In today’s episode, I will share 10 hobbies or skills that I have worked hard to develop over the years, the utility of growing these skills, and how I feel about them now.

Here are the 10 hobbies discussed:

  1. Making things on the Internet (like websites)
  2. Videography
  3. Physical fitness
  4. Cooking
  5. Public speaking
  6. Travel Hacking
  7. Photography
  8. Location Independent Living
  9. Reading and Writing
  10. Building a business

What about you? Have you let anything slip recently in your life? Was it worth it? Or do you carry guilt along with you? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

  • September 28, 2017
  • Podcast

About the Author

Jeff Sauer is an independent Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker and Teacher based out of a suitcase somewhere in the world. Formerly of Minneapolis, MN and San Francisco, CA.

  • Vance Wong

    It’s great to hear that you’re going to focus on health and fitness from now on out.

    Just to side-track a little, not sure if you’re looking to build new courses are just maintain your current ones? Would like to hear some of your plans for your training courses 🙂

    • Hi Vance – the plans are ever-evolving, but my goal is to keep on making the existing products awesome, while also rounding out the product offering to help existing students learn even more skills.

  • Grant Charge

    Jeff, just listened to this and the question came to mind-do you own a Kindle and/or Audible subscription?

    • I like that idea, Grant. Have been thinking about Audible for books for sure. Seems to make a lot of sense. Funny, but I always avoided digital books, because I romanticize having physical books on a shelf/to share with others. But that’s a big hindrance with travel. I think I’ll bite the bullet.

      • Teri Ross

        Hi Jeff. I started my Audible subscription in June and am quite happy with it. I recently learned you can “lend” your books to others, do always looking for like minded people with whom I can share my growing library.