Updated January 1, 1 . AmFam Team
For some, discovering a passion isn’t easy. But even if you’re clear on yours, there’s work yet to be done. After all, how do you begin pursuing a dream you’ve built up over a lifetime? We know someone who might be able to inspire your path forward — especially if you’re looking to share your passion with others.
From a young age Eric Sandoval has found joy in talking about, working on and driving cars. Some of his fondest memories involve him and his father turning wrenches in the garage or enjoying car shows.
“I know not everyone has a passion for cars. Maybe they live and breathe hiking, skiing, wakeboarding, etc. but for me, I’m 100% infatuated with cars,” says Eric.
So, naturally, he wanted to do something involving cars when he grew up. And while some may have gone into car sales or simply focused on owning a classic car for themselves to enjoy, Eric had a different plan — because more than anything he wanted to share this passion with others. And with that in mind, Eric opened Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience (Opens in a new tab), where he’s built up a fleet of impressive cars and designed different experience packages for people who are interested in touring the scenic roads of Colorado in style.
When asked about the most rewarding part of pursuing this business dream, Eric had this to say,
“99% of our guests are overwhelmed and grateful to have the opportunity to drive these cars. The majority of the clients that come through are on vacation, celebrating a special day or checking driving a Lamborghini off their bucket list. And I think it’s just as much fun to own something as to give the gift of sharing the experience with someone else.”
Do you, too, have a dream you’d just love to share with the world? Eric’s got some advice that could help.
Seek out a community. Whether your goal is to open a business or simply share your hobbies, start by seeking out people who enjoy what you enjoy. Building up a community of people you can ‘talk shop’ with gives you the opportunity to learn new things and find new sources of motivation — plus it feels good to break down barriers and spend time with people you might otherwise not connect with. So talk with friends, join social media groups or meet-ups that are relevant to your interests. Take Eric as an example of what you could get out of it.
“Cars bring groups of like-minded people together,” explains Eric. “We may all be from different walks of life — ethnicity doesn’t matter, where you’re from doesn’t matter, how much money you have in the bank doesn’t matter when you share a similar passion. And that’s exciting.”
Just jump when you feel it’s time. Opening a business or leaning heavily into a dream pursuit is always scary, but it’s up to you to recognize when it’s a good time in your life to take the leap. If you’re thinking ‘if not now, when?’ then go for it. The longer you wait, the further away you push your dream.
“I had a great corporate career before starting Oxotic. I was always paid well and worked very hard to make others money, but I decided I wanted to do something for myself,” Explains Eric. “Timing is everything. I was moving into a brand new home, had my first daughter on the way and pretty much told my wife ‘I’m going to do something risky, because this is the time in my life I have to do it.’ I will say you will never have the perfect time, so you have to figure out how to squeeze your dream in while living your current life.”
Start small, learn as you go. You’ll never have all your ducks in a row when it comes to getting started. But the good news is you don’t have to!
“I have never met one entrepreneur friend that has said, ‘yea, it was the perfect time. I had the perfect amount of start-up capital, I had a product that was turnkey and dialed in, I had customers lined up and I had no risk.’ It just doesn’t work that way,” claims Eric. “First step is to get the ball rolling. Build a solid business plan, share it with friends, bounce the ideas off others and take in the positive and negative feedback. Once you feel like you have something that can be executed against, start making an effort towards your goals. You can’t figure it all out without the initial effort to get the ball rolling.”
When it comes down to it, having a dream to share your passion with others is a great thing. And you owe it to yourself (and others) to get started! You could end up inspiring others and living your best life along the way.
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