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Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini, Santa Barbara native, is the president of Filippini Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm offering clients comprehensive financial planning services. The company, which is based out of Santa Barbara, California, specializes in services pertaining to real estate, insurance, tax planning, and estate planning — along with a host of other services designed to create a convenient full-service option for its clients.

Filippini, has served as the president of Filippini Wealth Management for many years. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Filippini spends time in and around Santa Barbara.

 

What is your hobby?

Although I don’t have the time for it as I once did, I enjoyed playing golf in my youth.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I learned to play at a very young age and was quite fortunate to live in such close proximity to Pebble Beach.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the humility the game instills in you as well as the instant camaraderie that exists among all golfers regardless of skill level.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

It’s not that often that I am able to play, but I competed in a few youth tournaments here and there back in the day.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

A set of golf clubs is an obvious prerequisite, and I am quite pleased to report that the set of Miura blades I bought so many years ago still has plenty of life in it.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I rarely need to stock up on golf balls and tees, and anything I might need before a round is typically available in the pro shop.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I highly recommend that all golfers — beginning and experienced players alike — read or re-read “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The illustrations are beautifully done and so many golfers can benefit from something as simple as adopting the proper grip.

 

How has this changed your life?

Since I played so often during my youth, I learned some critical life lessons that I continue to apply to this day. Golf repeatedly reinforces the importance of hard work, consistency, patience, and humility, among many other qualities that are beneficial in any endeavor.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Swing mechanics are important, but the mental side of the game is of equal importance and usually deserves greater attention from most golfers — especially beginners.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I don’t have much time for my hobbies, but I do enjoy all the hiking trails that so perfectly showcase the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara region.

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Janet Sirmon Hobby Jam

Janet Sirmon

Recognized by her peers as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable fine art photography dealers, Janet Sirmon, the owner of Janet Sirmon Fine Art Gallery, has spent several decades serving a distinguished and discerning client base of museum curators and private collectors. Janet, an alumnus of the famed Pratt Institute, is known for her expertise across the full spectrum of the photography medium, especially with regard to the Czech artists of the 1920s through the 1940s. On the occasions in which the gallery does not demand her immediate attention, Janet enjoys pursuing several hobbies and holds yoga and running in particularly high esteem.

 

What is your hobby?

Obviously, I am deeply passionate about photography, but I also enjoy running and engage in yoga practice on a regular basis.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I started running when I was a teenager. Growing up my family was always physically active – it’s just part of who I am.

Tell us what you love about it.

In addition to the mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits, I love that running and yoga seem to complement each other so perfectly. Running encourages creative thought and makes it possible to move through space in such a natural way, while yoga encourages a deep, calming kind of inner reflection.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yoga and running are both quite popular throughout Los Angeles, so I attend a yoga studio in my neighborhood and am part of a running group that meets up every weekend.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Just running shoes and a yoga mat! I should have mentioned how much I appreciate the

simplicity of both pursuits.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There is a running-specific shoe store nearby, and I try to change out my shoes every 200-300 miles. The yoga mat is a bit more durable, but if I ever need to make a change my yoga studio has new ones available.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Zen and the Art of Running” is a good one for beginners.

How has this changed your life?

Since I’ve been running and practicing yoga on a consistent basis, I’ve felt incredibly energized each and every day.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Build up mileage slowly to prevent injury, and take along a buddy!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Skiing and golf. The great thing about Southern California is that during the winter months you could conceivably do both in one day

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Mindstir Media Owner J.J. Hebert

J.J. Hebert is a renowned self-publishing and book marketing expert and also the owner and founder of MindStir Media. Launched in 2009, MindStir Media has published hundreds of books for authors throughout the United States and abroad. J.J. oversees the publication of every Mindstir Media published book and also offers mentoring to Mindstir authors. He’s known in the industry as the “Self-Publishing Guru” and spends a great deal of his time educating aspiring authors through his self-publishing and book marketing blogs as well as social media platforms such as Facebook, where he has built active online communities.

What is your hobby?

I have several, but the most full-blown hobby I have nowadays is probably watching NBA basketball, specifically the Boston Celtics. I watch pretty much every game each season, and there are 82 of them in the regular season, so there is quite a large investment of time there. I was actually at TD Garden a few weeks ago when Isaiah Thomas scored his career-high 52 points and broke several franchise records including most points in a 4th quarter.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I’ve always watched the Celtics as long as I can remember but I didn’t seriously get into it until around the 2007-2008 season when the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and ended up winning the championship. I still believe the Celtics can get back to being a championship level team and that has driven and inspired me to continue watching.

Tell us what you love about it.

With Brad Stevens as its coach, the Celtics are a very fast-paced team and a lot of fun to watch. They are one of the more dynamic scoring teams in the league and they all have a lot of heart. I also get the sense that most of the players on the Celtics are underdogs in a way and they play with a chip on their shoulders, so it’s also fun to watch them in that regard. And basketball in general is a love of mine. Tons of scoring and action all crammed into a 48-minute game.

Are there any groups you are part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I read and take part in several Celtics blogs online. There are many online forums where one can communicate with other like-minded fans. I also try to attend as many games as possible each year. I live in southern New Hampshire, so traveling to TD Garden in Boston is less than an hour.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you bought.

Throughout the years, I have bought truckloads of Celtics apparel and memorabilia. I probably have a Celtics shirt for every day of the week until the end of time. Of course, a slight exaggeration… I also have a basketball signed by the 2008 world champion Celtics team and a plethora of other Celtics related memorabilia. Another investment would definitely be tickets to the games that I attend. They don’t come cheap these days.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I always buy my tickets online. The memorabilia I purchase mainly at a local sports card and memorabilia shop. eBay can also be helpful sometimes when I’m trying to track down a rare item.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Well, as you know I’m a book guy. The company I run, MindStir Media, is a well-known book publishing company on the East Coast. So my knowledge of books is somewhat vast. I would say there are a handful of vital Celtics books that every Celtics fan should read. Couple of my favorites are Rise of a Dynasty as well as The Last Banner.

How has this changed your life?

I think it’s always important to get involved in something bigger than yourself. Boston Celtics have a huge fan base and a bit of a cult following. Being a Boston Celtics fan has definitely enriched my life.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Definitely do your research. Learn about the history of the Boston Celtics. They have won 17 world championships and are the most winningest franchise in sports history. Understanding the history will allow you to enjoy the present game that much more.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As the owner and president of MindStir Media, I do a lot of reading. Most of it is a lot of fun and I do consider it a hobby as I do a lot of reading outside of business hours. My favorite author is probably J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She played a pivotal role in inspiring me to write a book of my own. I also thoroughly enjoy movies and TV shows.

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Hamish McLaren

Hamish McLaren

After achieving remarkable success across a number of entrepreneurial endeavors, Hamish McLaren believes that the time has come to focus his attention on helping others build successful businesses of their own. This belief ultimately inspired Mr. McLaren to found McLaren & Associates Consulting, a firm dedicated to supporting and guiding aspiring entrepreneurs as they pursue the kind of unique and innovative ideas that were so central to McLaren’s own success. With his principal focus centered around his new consulting firm, Hamish McLaren is still able to vigorously pursue his longtime hobby and can often be found conducting business out on the golf course.

What is your hobby?

Although there are many days when it feels more like a blessing or a curse than a simple hobby, golf often dominates my free time.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A number of my classmates already played golf, so I started playing while attending Notre Dame. At first, I thought it would be good for business, but it ultimately became a pursuit I deeply enjoy for reasons outside of business.

Tell us what you love about it.

There are many days in which I meet with clients and discuss business strategy while playing 18 holes, and I love the fact that it is one of the few games in which this is an acceptable practice.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m a member at two private courses and also meet up with a few other groups on a regular basis for competitive rounds.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes, one of the golf’s great curses is that it is so easy to endlessly tinker with your clubs until they are just right. I’ve bought club-making equipment, used club components, and have far too many shaft options to choose from.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The group I play with on a regular basis is made up of individuals with similar tinkering habits, so we will trade clubs and other supplies with each other whenever possible. Otherwise, there is the pro shop as well as a few online forums with healthy classified sections that are just loaded with all kinds of different options.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The USGA’s “Rules of Golf,” should be in the bag of every beginning golfer. For instructional advice, I believe in-person lessons are best for a beginner who wants to make quick progress.

How has this changed your life?

Golf has made sure that I have access to an impressive office or conference room wherever I happen to be. I have held some of my most productive meetings on some of the world’s greatest courses, all while playing a game I deeply enjoy.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Learn to be patient, and take great care to abide by the rules of etiquette each time you play.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes, I also enjoy sailing as well as the occasional fishing trip.

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Phillip Brenner Hobby Jam

Phillip Brenner

With more than 22 years of experience in the field of urology, Dr. Phillip Brenner has remained at the forefront of innovation within his profession and has utilized his prodigious insight and expertise to assist patients in need of treatment for urological cancers. Dr. Brenner, who was previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, specializes in treating prostate and kidney cancers and has performed over 1,000 open radical prostatectomies and 750 laparoscopic procedures. Trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Brenner possesses an international reputation as a thoughtful surgeon whose foremost concern is always with the wellbeing of the patient.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy the outdoors, so my main hobbies are sailing, skiing, and tennis. 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I’ve always enjoyed physical activity, and skiing has always held a unique appeal for me since I also enjoy watching professional snow sports. I started skiing young and have enjoyed it ever since.  

Tell us what you love about it.

For skiing, I love that I can cover so much ground and see so much of a particular location in a single day, all while staying healthy and fit.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yes, there are a few groups I am a part of. There are group ski trips that are scheduled throughout the winter. 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

The skis themselves were the biggest expense, but I also have some gear.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

A married couple I ski with on the weekends owns a ski shop in Sydney, so I always get all of my supplies from them, even if it means waiting for a special order to come in.

Are there any good books for beginners?

This is a great list of books to get the beginner and seasoned skiier alike, excited about the sport.

How has this changed your life?

Skiing has made my life better in so many ways. I find the act of skiing to be quite relaxing, but it is also a great endurance workout that helps me stay fit. As if that were not enough, the social component has also been quite rewarding.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

For all sport hobbies, it is easy to go overboard on equipment that you might not need for a while — or perhaps at all — so my suggestion is to slowly add equipment according to need as you begin to become more serious about your choice of hobby.

 

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Marty Stallone Hobby Jam

Marty Stallone

An innovator in the field of finance and land development, Marty Stallone has utilized his insight and expertise to solidify the status of Metropolitan Development Group as the leading land development company in the Eastern Pennsylvania region. The broad-based land development company has completed projects that include residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Mr. Stallone, the executive vice president of Metropolitan Development Group — or MDG, as it is often called — is a graduate of Cornell University and has been instrumental in the success MDG has enjoyed in recent years, a product of Mr. Stallone’s expertise in cash-flow analytics, risk management, finance, and the management of all other corporate functions.

What is your hobby?

Although I rarely have the time I’d like to devote to my hobby, I have always been passionate about the outdoors and about fly-fishing in particular.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My family enjoyed fishing a great deal and we all learned how to fly-fish at a very early age.

Tell us what you love about it.

I like that it is a quiet and often solitary pursuit, not to mention the fact that it is an incredibly relaxing hobby.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I have a few colleagues that enjoy fishing as much as I do, and it is fairly often that we’ll plan a fishing trip as long as our schedules permit it.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes, I have invested quite a bit in equipment over the years, but my favorite rod and reel is the same one I’ve used for years after it was passed down to me through several generations of my family.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I do try to shop local wherever I happen to be, but there are times when I give in to the convenience of the digital marketplace.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I learned everything I know about fishing and fly-fishing from friends and family, but I have been told that River Music by James Babb is filled with excellent advice.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve found that fly-fishing is not only a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, but it is also a great way to contemplate new ideas or to refine ideas that are not quite ready to be implemented.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Like so many other pursuits, fishing is best enjoyed when the focus is primarily on the process rather than the outcome. If you believe in the process and adhere to the principles associated with that process, you will ultimately achieve the outcome you are seeking.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I enjoy playing golf as well as several other sports, but it is rare that I can find the time to really commit to sharpening my skills in the way I’d prefer.

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Kim Dao Hobby Jam

Kim Dao

Kim Dao is the founder of the Kim Dao Blog, a digital journal in which Dao is able to share her insights on a variety of subjects that include international travel, makeup, and fashion. When she first founded her blog, Dao had no idea that it would become one of the most frequently visited online resources on the aforementioned subjects or that she would have to expand on such a significant basis in order to meet the needs of her readers. Dao, born in Australia but now living in Japan, is a major social media influencer and is active on YouTube as well as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Snapchat, along with countless other social media platforms.

What is your hobby?

I’m so passionate about makeup and fashion that my interest in both probably extends beyond the typical definition of “hobby,” but I love devoting my free time to anything relating to either one.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I really wanted to figure out how makeup artists and fashion designers were able to use the tools at their disposal to create a certain look, so I devoted a lot of time and energy to learning everything I could until I was able to do the same.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love that I can use makeup as a way to complement a look or to highlight a certain feature, which really adds an invaluable degree of versatility.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

There are a number of groups — both online and in person — that I am part of, including several I am responsible for leading.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes, I have had to invest a lot in makeup supplies and makeup equipment, but I’ve been getting a lot of complimentary makeup supplies from some really great brands because of my large social media following.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

One of my closest friends in Japan owns a store that has a great selection of makeup supplies, so I buy most of my makeup stuff there.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“The Art of Makeup,” by Kevyn Aucoin. This book should be on the bookshelf of any aspiring makeup artist who is just beginning to become interested in the field.

How has this changed your life?

Since my blog is partially devoted to makeup and I discuss the subject so frequently through social media, it has allowed me to develop relationships with so many wonderful people simply because of our shared interest in makeup and other beauty products.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Reach out to professionals whose skills you admire and ask questions about how they developed those skills. I’ve met so many professional makeup artists who are more than willing to share everything they know with up-and-coming artists in their field.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to write and I travel often, so my hobbies often overlap with one another in a really enjoyable way.

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David Shenkenberg

David Shenkenberg

David Shenkenberg lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, surrounded by trees and near several lakes. The local scenery includes walking trails and bike paths. Frequently, David sees birds outside his window, including blue jays, finches and woodpeckers. Deer are a common sight, as are rabbits.

The temperate climate of West Bloomfield is a wonderful place to grow plants, whether in the backyard or on a farm. Although David Shenkenberg often buys locally grown produce, such as apples and salad greens, he gets the most joy from what he can grow himself.

The natural surroundings and the garden are wonderful places to escape from the daily grind for a while.

What is your hobby?

I love gardening. I particularly enjoy growing herbs such as basil and mint because they can be used in cooking. I also like to grow Echinacea (coneflower) because it can be used to treat colds.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My interest in gardening began at a young age. I used to work in the garden with my dad. I pulled weeds, trimmed bushes and trees, planted new bushes and trees, and watered and mowed the lawn. As an adult, I am inspired to pass on my love of gardening to my own children.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love to watch my hard work planting seeds or small plants turn into beautiful mature bushes or trees. I love to see the results of my efforts literally bear fruit.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Although gardening clubs do exist in my area, I mostly share my love of gardening with family and friends. I bring them over to see my plants, and I admire their gardens as well. I also share my harvest, and they often do the same because several of my friends enjoy gardening as well.

My township has a community garden that I am thinking about using in the future. It might be a fun way to share my love of gardening with others.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Sure. I have bought everything under the sun. Some basics for gardeners include a lawn mower, a shovel, a rake, a trowel (a small shovel used for digging), and soil. You also want to have a good sprinkler system, especially if it gets dry where you live. Just remember that plants usually need three things: light, water and soil. In the summers, at the height of the growth season, plants usually need fertilizer. I also have experimented with hydroponics. In the case of hydroponics, plants do not need soil; they actually grow in water, although you need to provide the nutrients in the water that would normally be found in soil.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I do most of my shopping at my local Meijer store. Meijer is a Midwestern big box store headquartered in Michigan. It is a lot like Walmart and Target. I prefer shopping at Meijer because it is based in my home state. For specialty items, I go to my local nursery, English Gardens. I also have purchased Aerogarden hydroponics kits direct from the seller: www.aerogarden.com.

Are there any good books for beginners?

One good book is, Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Simple: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Gardening. I also like the website, Dave’s Garden: davesgarden.com, although I disclaim that I am not the Dave who made the website. You also can learn a lot from family and friends who garden, and I suggest that you consult your local nursery because it often will have knowledgeable staff who can help you with advice for growing plants in your area.

How has this changed your life?

For me, gardening is a peaceful, Zen-like activity. All the worries and cares that I face in the real world just melt away when I am focused on nature. Gardening is a 100% healthy way to relax.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Start simple. Do not try to grow really difficult plants like orchids right off the bat. Ask your local nursery which plants grow the best in your area. Consider your lifestyle. Are you often home enough that you will be able to water your plants frequently, or do you need to grow something that does not need to be watered often like a cactus or rosemary? Do you have pets? Consider growing plants that they might want to eat, or consider fencing that will allow you to grow your plants without your pets messing with them.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also enjoy fishkeeping. I currently have an aquarium with a Sarasa Comet goldfish. The fish has grown quite large, and has lived about four years now under my care. Supposedly, goldfish can live more than 30 years in captivity. However, most people just buy a fish bowl, and the goldfish die right away. Goldfish are like any other fish in that they need to be raised in a clean tank with good filtration.

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James Knight

James Knight is AMD’s Virtual Production Director based in Los Angeles, CA.  In addition to being Performance Capture Supervisor on Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spiderman, he spent four years managing the motion capture for James Cameron’s Avatar. Additionally  he has done Performance Capture and Virtual Production for films including I Am Legend, 2012, Hulk and Prince Caspian and various video games including, Batman Arkham City, Scene It, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Gotham Racing. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), on the Board of Directors at the British Academy’s Los Angeles chapter (BAFTA-LA), and a member of the Scientific and Technical Achievement Committee at The Academy (AMPAS).

What is your hobby?

Biuld robots with my son

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My little boy is fascinated by anything technical. As a little boy, he say life sized Transformers at Universal in Los Angeles, and ever since he’s been thrilled about robots!

Tell us what you love about it.

Well firstly, I love any activity with my son; and the fact that this is technical and requires creativity is a huge bonus. I’m pretty technically inclined, so I do enjoy building parts and figuring out our own innovations, if you want to call them that. Mostly I’m happy if they just end up standing!

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

A close friend of mine actually is part of Robot wars, so we’ve been invited to be part of that.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Well, my little boy wanted VEX IQ robots to begin with, so we have those. We bought a Meccano, Meccanoid which is fun to build. Lately we have been more assertive and we’re building our own robot with parts we’re machining in a friend’s shop that is used to build animatronics for Hollywood features!

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Lately we buy most of our supplies at radioshack and varioius different websites

Are there any good books for beginners?

Two books that we loved. Robots for Beginners and Almost Human: Making Robots Think.

How has this changed your life?

I’d say it’s more affected my son’s life. He is now very much into robots, how they move, solve problems and help humans. The biggest thing is this has brought me really close to my son.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Start small – you’ll get frustrated if you try to go too big too fast.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Michael W Asimos

Currently residing in Miami and a cigar enthusiast by trade, Michael W Asimos has been to destinations true cigar officianados will be jealous of.

Michael W. Asimos has a love of many things aside from cigars. He also loves great jazz music, as well as traveling to new places. Combining together his love for both excellent cigars and also discovering new things through travel, he has successfully created his business, which is now thriving.

As a child, Michael was always drawn to science and history and he strongly believed that the former has a great influence on the latter. When he travels, he prefers places with long histories and deep-rooted cultures. These unique destinations not only allow him to satiate his love for history and culture but also educate himself more about cigars.

First Job

He also loves music and music is one of the things, which relieve stress, aside from traveling, and spending time with loved ones. So, it is not surprising that this first job was in a record store. Being able to work in a record shop allowed him to fully involve himself in something which he has very passionate about.

Some of his colleagues in the record store worked to earn money and worked to put food on the table and he considers himself very lucky that he was working not just for the money but he was working for something, which gave him genuine pleasure and happiness. However, he is quick to admit that the salary also helped.

One of the most important lessons he has ever learned while working in the record store is to love what you do and to find a job, which you love. Having such a job means you will wake up each day with passion to go after your goals and do your very best. It also means not having to constantly look at the clock to check if it is time to call it a day, leave work and repeat the same mundane things on the very next day.

Being miserable is not the wisest way to spend your life and he told himself that he will never do such a thing. Passion in what he is doing is what led Michael to pursue his love for cigars and create a business around it. Putting up the business was a risk but it was a risk, which he was willing to take, if only for his love of smoking fine cigars.

Putting Up a Business

The first day in the business was nerve wracking and he admits to being very nervous and questioning his decision to invest his hard-earned money in such a business. Well, he has come such a long way since then as his business today is thriving and expanding. He is very happy to have grown his business from the ground up with his dedication, passion, positive attitude and willingness to learn and take risks.

When you have a business, you have to be always hungry and thirsty. You must always keep yourself motivated as this helps keep the business strong and ahead of the competition. So how does Michael Asimos keep himself motivated? Well, travel keeps him motivated. Going to new places and meeting new people keeps him on his toes. Traveling to numerous fine cigar growers all over the world; seeing how they are made; and discovering the best practices in cigar rolling reinvigorate his senses, his love for life and his love for business.

Unlike traditional businessmen, he is keen to try new things and even has a style, which many people refer to as unorthodox. He is always on the lookout for new ideas and new business practices, which can make the business grow and prosper.

Achievements

If there is something, which Michael W Asimos is most proud of, it is putting up his own business when so many people told him that he shouldn’t and raising it from the ground up when there were so many doubters and naysayers. Starting the business was not a smooth ride. He has had his share of bumps on the road but he has persevered through it and is now reaping the fruits of his sacrifice.

Seeing his business very successful right now gives him great joy and satisfaction. He has proven wrong the people who doubted him and who even thought of him as crazy when he started his business.

If there were one thing he could tell his younger self, it would be to not be afraid to take risks. If you are willing to work to achieve your dreams and if you have done your research, it will pay off in the end and you will get your just rewards. So many entrepreneurs nowadays do not even get the opportunity to start their own businesses because a lot of people close to them tell them that they shouldn’t and tell them that just isn’t worth it. Living in fear is no way to live your life. Be ready when opportunity comes and grab it.

Life Lessons

Life has given Michael W Asimos a lot of lessons, which he will forever keep in mind and maybe even impart to young people who would like to pursue their passions and chase their dreams. You can only play safe for so long. The world is out there waiting to be discovered and you owe it yourself to get out, explore, learn and contribute to the world and its people.

It does not matter what your passion is. It can be writing, social work, finance or photography. As long as you have the passion and the heart, you will be able to achieve your goals. However, this does not mean that you should just throw caution to the wind. You also have to study the industry which you want to start a business in so you do not end up throwing away what you have worked so hard for. There is a fine line between being determined and being stubborn and it is important that you know the difference between the two.

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