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The Moment These 7 Entrepreneurs Turned Their Hobby Into a Business



There are plenty of reasons to want to start your own business: more flexible hours, financial independence, room for growth… the list goes on. But what if your motivation is less practical? What if you simply want to transform a longtime passion into a rewarding career?

Read on to learn how these seven entrepreneurs turned their hobbies into full-time jobs—and about the moment they decided to flip that switch.

1. The beer enthusiast

While other sixty-somethings might begin thinking about retirement, at 62, Paul Allen was gearing up to make the biggest career move of his life. Frustrated by the lack of job prospects for an industrial engineer, he decided to step up a longtime hobby: making beer, wine, and mead at home.

“Luckily, my beloved wife [Betsey Dahlberg] was having similar employment issues as a lawyer,” Allen says. Together, they founded Hope Springs Distillery, creating small batches of high-quality alcoholic spirits (vodka, gin, and absinthe so far) in their small town of Lilburn, Georgia.

Allen says his wife’s legal expertise comes in handy in the distillery business, which he refers to as “the most regulated industry on the planet.” Dahlberg handles all legal, business licensing, and reporting tasks, while Allen manages the equipment and production process himself. “We’ve learned to work and play well together,” he says, of having his spouse as a business partner.

Now, five years after launching their business, Allen feels grateful for the change of pace. “It’s all been a hyper, light-speed blur. There’s something incredibly addictive about making a product yourself, [and] watching others buy it and tell you how much they like it.”

And while he hasn’t looked back, he warns against those who might be tempted by the romance of opening their own distillery: “[It’s] definitely not for the faint of heart.”

What you can learn

  • It’s never too late. If you think you’re too old to start a business, think again. Allen proves that it’s never too late in life to make a career pivot, especially when it involves a passion.

  • Ask for help. Starting a business is hard on your own. Enlist friends and family to share their expertise, or as in Allen’s case, consider drafting a loved one to be your business partner.

2. The dog lover

Lazhar Ichir is the founder of Breeding Business, an educational platform for responsible dog breeders.

“As a young boy, I was always surrounded by dogs,” he says, but when he moved to London in adulthood, becoming a dog owner felt out of reach. “How long was I going to stay there? It was hard to make any sort of commitment such as owning a dog.”

Disenchanted with his nine-to-five and seeking a new challenge, Ichir drew from his lifelong passion for dogs, building an online resource to guide breeders through the process. He provides them with free content and some paid upgrades, as well as software for running their businesses.

“While searching for a specific niche I could address, breeding was the one in which I thought I could help the most,” he explained. “I knew ethical breeders already, and there was a lot of work to do with the new generation breeding ‘designer’ dogs.”

But, as is often the case when starting a business, things weren’t always easy for Ichir. “The first year, I was writing a lot of content, outreaching a lot, but nothing came my way,” Ichir says. “I cut my expenses to a minimum since there was not a single dime coming in for a few months.”

Eventually, his hard work paid off, but not without ongoing challenges. “The worst part of running a small business is the solitude,” he says. “We work so hard to build something, and we lack the time to socialize and stay in touch with the people that matter.”

His advice to entrepreneurs is to keep going, work hard, and remain in contact with dear friends. Those are the people you’ll want by your side throughout the highs and lows.

What you can learn

  • Find your niche. Once you’ve committed to building a business from your passion, take a closer look at the industry and identify any gaps. What seems to be missing? How will you serve an existing consumer need?

  • Keep in touch. A good support system is everything. Like Ichir says, the early stages of starting a business can be draining and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Make the journey more bearable with good friends by your side.

3. The crafty cook

For Sara Gotch, the desire to start Gnarly Pepper, her custom spice blend company, went beyond her love for cooking. She also wanted to indulge another passion: travel.

“I decided at sunset at the Sun Cliff Resort in Thailand in 2015,” Gotch recalls of the moment she vowed to quit her job and become her own boss. “Best decision I’ve ever made.”

Once she returned home, the idea for Gnarly Pepper came to her while in the kitchen one day. She loved chicken and tuna salads, but hated how they were always drenched in calorie-laden mayonnaise. Instead, she began to experiment with plain Greek yogurt and spice blends, seeking healthy alternatives for traditional dips and condiments.

In the last year and a half alone, Gotch has taken her spices from three grocery stores to a whopping 26, landing in a total of 43 stores. She’s also gained the interest of a distribution company.

When asked if she had any advice for aspiring or new entrepreneurs, Gotch offered two pointers: say yes to new opportunities, and set mini goals for yourself.

“Climb the mountain or sprint out your frustrations,” she says, “because once you accomplish the mini goals—the larger ones don’t seem as scary.”

What you can learn

  • Always say yes. Gotch credits much of her company’s initial success to her willingness to step beyond her comfort zone. For her, this meant speaking to large crowds and showing up to networking events. “After my first year, a lot of opportunities opened up just by searching, asking, and finding,” she says. “In the long run, people invest in you, not just the product.”

  • Set mini goals. If you’re feeling defeated or tired, remember that starting a business is a huge endeavor. To keep herself motivated and on track, Gotch creates smaller, more manageable benchmarks—which allow her to celebrate even the littlest wins.

4. The family photographer

Jen Allison has been hiding behind cameras since she was a kid, but it took two life-changing experiences for her to actualize a dream of becoming a full-time photographer.

When her father passed away in 2010, she was inspired to quit her job and launch her business, Jen Allison Photography, which specializes in authentic, candid family and brand photos. Years later, her personal mission changed once more, when her son Jack was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease.

“My son basically has what I call a ‘Mighty Heart’ that’s supercharged and can run into a race condition that spikes his heart rate,” Allison explains. “I was inspired to create a branch of my current business that gives back and has much more meaning.”

Through her new initiative, Project Mighty Hearts, Allison documents the experiences of families with children suffering from congenital heart diseases. Now, for every family photography session she sells, she gifts a session to one of these families.

“[One of the] greatest challenges of starting my own business is learning to trust the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship,” she says. “Sales will come and go, so I need to continue to trust my abilities… and know that the work will come, as long as I continue to stay true to what I believe in.”

What you can learn

  • Be genuine. Authenticity has always been a key component to Allison’s photography. Now, she applies that value to her business strategy, offering this advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay authentic and true, and serve your clients beyond what they are expecting.”

  • Follow your heart. Even more powerful than transitioning a hobby into a full-time job? Finding a way to give back to a cause that’s close to your heart. Allison’s latest initiative has given her company a philanthropic dimension, taking her passion project to another level.

5. The music geek

“Growing up, I was a huge music geek,” said Rob Janicke, founder and co-owner of SoundEvolution Music, an independent record label based in Staten Island, New York.

Janicke pursued a career in sales for 20 years—running his own music blog as a passion project—before starting the label with musician and longtime friend, Mike Pellegrino.  They currently release music on both vinyl and digital formats for independent artists in New York, Chicago, and Montreal.

Why the need for such a major life shift? Janicke cites his unhappiness at work and devotion to his kids.

“I’m a child of divorce, and I viewed work as something you had to do,” he explains. “Liking it wasn’t a requirement.” He vowed to set a different example once he had kids of his own. “I wanted to prove to them that you can follow your dreams and do whatever you like, as long as you believe in yourself and work harder than anyone else.”

Then, three years ago, inspiration struck with the passing of musical icon David Bowie. “That night, I was watching old Bowie clips on YouTube and came across a young, female singer who covered the Bowie classic ‘Life on Mars,’” Janicke says. That singer was Hayley Richman, who became the first of five artists to be signed with SoundEvolution.

Janicke admits that he is still finding his way in the music business, despite being an avid fan and having surrounded himself with musicians for his entire life. “I learn a ton every day,” he says. “I make sure to read, ask questions, and get advice from some mentors I’ve developed along the way.”

What you can learn

  • Start small. If you aren’t sure about taking the plunge to turn your hobby into a business, consider making it your side hustle first. Once Janicke became more invested in his music blog, he could see music as a viable career path.

  • Embrace the unknown. Janicke’s biggest advice for new business owners is to set aside fear and lean into weaknesses. “Understand that you won’t know what you’re doing for a very long time,” he says, “and once you do know what you’re doing, start learning faster because you can never learn too much.”

6. The art collector

Jeremy Larner is the founder and president of JKL Worldwide, a full-service fine arts consultancy that was born out of his hobby and passion for art collecting.

“The inspiration for starting my own business was, quite plainly, I wanted to be my own boss,” Larner says. “I felt that the only real way to have security in an uncertain economy was to take my financial and economic future into my own hands.”

Larner was previously the manager and business partner of Rob Dyrdek, a multi-hyphenate celebrity best known for his professional skateboarding career and reality television work.

“I always loved art and as soon as I could afford it, I started to buy and collect paintings from artists who inspired me,” Larner says. “At first I simply bought what I loved, but once I started to learn about the art market, my purchasing decisions became more investment-driven.”

The now-established consulting firm offers art procurement and investment strategies for clients, but Larner is quick to point out that it took time to build that client list. He spent the first year of his business developing new relationships—which proved to be especially difficult in the art world, where everyone is so interconnected.

“Networking is a powerful way of securing long-term and repeat business,” Larner says. “A small business owner who is genuine, transparent, and personable will go a long way when it comes to networking and fostering professional relationships.”

What you can learn

  • Build a network. In the first few years of his business, Larner focused his efforts on developing relationships in the art world. Not only did this include galleries, dealers, and auction houses, but also financial partners, industry experts, and mentors.

  • Dream big. There’s a reason why Larner named his company JKL Worldwide, not JKL National. Although he was relatively new to the industry, he felt confident in his ability to build a team of experts and offer world-class art consulting services.

7. The television fanatic

Georgette Blau had just moved to the Upper East Side in Manhattan when she discovered her new neighbors: George and Louise “Weezy” Jefferson. (That is, the deluxe apartment where TV sitcom The Jeffersons was filmed in the mid-70s.)

Eager to share the landmark with other pop culture fanatics, Blau formed her company On Location Tours, which now operates 10 television and movie location tours in New York and Boston.

Locals and tourists can now sign up to visit the hot spots of their most beloved fictional characters. On the Sex and the City tour, major highlights include visiting Carrie’s famous brownstone and her favorite bakery. There’s also a When Harry Met Seinfeld tour, which features 40+ iconic locations from TV shows and movies, all filmed uptown.

“The amount of media we have received, both traditional and online, has been amazing,” Blau says of her continued success. It seems her idea has caught on overseas, too. “We were the third TV and movie tour [company] in the world. There are now over 300.”

Blau admits to feeling overwhelmed at first, having a “hobby background” in lieu of traditional business experience. “The biggest challenge was fast growth,” she says, citing 2004 and 2008 as particularly tough years. (Incidentally, both Sex and the City and Friends aired their final episodes in 2004.)

Her advice for new entrepreneurs? Staff up right away—even if that means hiring part-timers or interns at first. “It’s hard developing a business all by yourself!” Now, almost two decades later, Blau has a staff of over 40 employees, 20% of whom are full-time.

“I loved starting a business from my hobby,” she adds, “because after 19 years, I still love it and am still so passionate about it.”

What you can learn

  • Think outside the box. If your hobby doesn’t align with an existing profession, it might be time to get creative. When Blau first launched her tour company, it was one of the first of its kind. Now, she’s paving the way for a whole new generation of television and film junkies.

  • Hire strategically. Or, as Blau more simply puts it, staff up. In the early stages of any business, it’s crucial to have all hands on deck. And while it’s always a good idea to be tactful with your new hires, sometimes headcount is what matters most.

Next steps for making your hobby a career

There isn’t one single path for getting there, or a universal sign to let you know the timing is right—but when you’re ready to transition from enthusiast to entrepreneur, you’ll know. Keep in mind these tips from our seven business owners:

  • Stay authentic to your passion.

  • Find your niche within the industry.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Set big and small goals for yourself.

  • Network, network, network.

Feeling inspired to take your hobby to the next level? Read our complete guide on how to write a business plan, then brush up on the basics of how to secure funding for your future business.

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How to Kick-Start Your Online Clothing Resale Gig



With the recent rise of resale apps like Depop and Poshmark, the idea of selling old clothes online is becoming more fashionable. Many people have turned clothing resale into a lucrative side gig or even a full-time job, gaining thousands of followers and making dozens of sales per week.

The secondhand-clothing market is projected to more than triple by 2030, according to a 2021 study by reselling platform Mercari and research firm GlobalData, as more fashion enthusiasts clean out their closets and search thrift stores to find valuable pieces to resell.

But whether you have a collection of band T-shirts or office attire, finding success on these platforms takes time and effort. Before diving into your closet, there are a few things to know.

You set your prices

Unlike consignment and resale shops, you can price items yourself on an online platform. Before listing a piece of clothing, look it up on multiple platforms to find out what it’s currently selling for. Depending on age, condition and brand, prices can vary widely.

You can also take advantage of direct messaging to negotiate with buyers and use features on apps like Depop and Poshmark that let you accept offers and create multi-item discounts.

“Sales can be sporadic,” says Andres Castillo of Los Angeles, who sells rare designer pieces through Depop, eBay and Instagram under the name Debonair Vintage. With rare or high-value items, it may take a while to find the right buyer, especially if you’re looking to break even or make a profit.

There’s a big time commitment

“I treat [reselling clothes] like my job,” says Eve Perez, a full-time student in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who sells under the name Fitsfinesse and was featured in Teen Vogue in 2021 for her Depop success. She responds to messages daily, on top of taking product photos, sewing custom pieces, and packaging and shipping orders.

Communicating clearly with first-time buyers is essential: “If you don’t build that relationship, then you won’t get sales and returning customers,” she adds.

Although you have control over the prices, reselling online takes much more time and energy than selling to consignment stores. According to Depop, sellers who list consistently — around 15 items per week — sell more over time.

“It takes a lot of time and dedication,” says Castillo. Top-notch sellers have to learn to take eye-catching photos, understand shipping rates, negotiate over text, and research brands and trends to make the most of their inventory.

Overhead costs add up

Yes, you can set your prices — but there are a few overhead costs to factor in. Online resale platforms charge commission fees, plus additional fees for shipping through the platform or accepting payments through a processor like PayPal. Depop takes 10% of every sale and eBay takes 15%; Poshmark takes $2.95 for items under $15 and 20% for items over $15. PayPal, which integrates with Depop, Poshmark and eBay, charges another 3.49% plus 49 cents per transaction for payment processing.

On top of that, you’ll need to pay for packaging, label printing and possibly storing inventory including bins, hangers and shelves. Top sellers also recommend adding a personal touch in shipments, like free stickers, small accessories or a thank-you note. When all those costs add up, you may find that only higher-value items are worth listing.

You can cut costs by reusing shipping mailers and boxes, and printing labels at your local FedEx or UPS store instead of purchasing a label printer. Or, reduce shipping costs for buyers by bundling several items into a single shipment, which can motivate buyers to purchase more from your shop.

The social aspect is a priority

The most successful online resellers have one thing in common: a strong personal brand. Finding your niche and building a loyal following is essential to long-term success on a resale platform.

“It’s like Instagram, but for selling,” says Perez, who focuses on curating a consistent aesthetic and marketing her shop on social media platforms like TikTok.

Castillo grew his business by catering to a very specific market: vintage designer collectors, specifically for Moschino and Chanel. He sells across several platforms, using his Instagram to rent pieces out to stylists for photo shoots and red-carpet events. Though he targets a fairly small community, his narrow focus helps him reach his ideal buyers.

Other top sellers on resale platforms can be seen taking a similar approach, with shop themes ranging from band T-shirts to vintage gowns. “Lean into your personal taste,” says Castillo. Even if you don’t have a curated collection to sell, personalized packaging or a unique photo background can help your items stand out.

Both Perez and Castillo emphasize the importance of cross-linking social media platforms to reach as many potential customers as possible. Creating a dedicated Instagram Business account and following other online sellers and designers can help drive buyers to your shop. Check popular pages for trendy hashtags and add those to your posts. Making the time to promote on social media can help transform your closet into some serious income.


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Turning Your Hobby into a Business? Here is What You Need to Know



Do you dream of one day quitting your job and following your passion in life? You can do it! Many successful entrepreneurs turned their hobbies into profitable businesses.

Do you have a hobby? Doing the things you love keeps you engaged with life, gives your mind a focus, and helps you enhance your concentration. Investing time in your hobby also provides you with a great way to relax, unwind, and relieve daily stress.

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You shouldn’t be ashamed of your hobby even if your friends and family don’t share it. Only because they find interest in something else doesn’t mean that no one in the world shares the same interests that you do. In fact, millions of people engage in the same hobby as you do daily.

So if you thought that no one shared your enthusiasm for this activity until now, think again. Whatever activity you can imagine, millions of other people on the planet are doing it as you read this article.

If you’re one of the individuals who wonder how they can transform their hobby into a successful venture, this article provides information on how to start a business based on the things you love.

Do a Self-assessment

Do you know what it takes to turn your hobby into a lucrative business? Do you have the required stamina and energy to take the necessary steps and transform it into a venture? Yes, it would be nice to spend your days doing what you love and making money, but make sure you don’t ruin your hobby by transforming it into a business. You started pursuing it to blow off some steam, but you could take its charm away if you add a lot of pressure on it to deliver money.

Research to understand what starting a business in this sector implies and make sure there’s a paying public before you bet the farm on it. Running a successful company requires plenty of work and responsibility, two things that could take the fun out of your hobby.

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Test The Idea

If you decide that you have what it takes to turn your passion into a business, the next step is to test the concept by starting a side hustle. When the profits reach a level that allows you to cover monthly bills and support yourself, you can quit your job and pursue this venture.

However, don’t leave your present job if your side gig doesn’t make enough cash flow to last you at least two years. Be ready for the shock you’ll get when you turn from getting a monthly salary to having to pay taxes yourself. To make sure that you won’t worry about housing, food, or monthly bills, save up at least two years of living expenses.


Before investing time, money, and effort into starting a business, take a look at the market and see what your future competitors are doing. Research the niche online, on social media and among the public to see what customers expect from you and what other companies provide.

You can research the market on your own or hire a professional company to do it for you. It’s recommended to work with specialists because they know the aspects that require extra attention and can help you determine if starting a business in this niche is worth it.

Make a list of your biggest 10 competitors and analyse their activity to figure out what they do to position themselves as leaders in the industry. Check their website, evaluate its functionality, and have a look at their Google ranking. Remember that people start searching for a product or service online in the present digital world, and it’s crucial to rank high in search engines to reach your ideal customer.

After doing research, you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re dealing with in terms of competition.

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Write a Business Plan

The business plan serves as a blueprint for your company, and you’ll definitely need it if you want to apply for a loan. However, don’t skip creating a business plan because it’s quite useful in starting your venture, even if you don’t seek funding. Research shows that the business people who make a detailed business plan are 16% more likely to develop a profitable business.

Here are some elements your business plan should include:

  • Financial plan
  • Executive summary
  • Business overview
  • Management team
  • List of services and products
  • Marketing and sales plans
  • Marketing strategies
  • Metrics and milestones

If you want to transform your hobby into a profitable business, you need to take it seriously and write a complete business plan.

Build a Brand

Branding is essential when trying to build an easy-to-recognise business. It would help if you had a unique business name and logo that match your company’s personality and values. Pick brand colours that resonate best with your target audience, and craft a message they resonate with.

You can use free online tools to create a logo and elements for your business cards and advertising materials. Canva is such a solution that provides access to a huge library of elements.

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Establish a Strong Web Presence

In the digital era, all businesses need an online presence to attract attention and reach their target audience, no matter their size or specific. You should create a website that allows you to present the benefits your clients get if they purchase your products and even create a shop page that allows them to buy online. However, establishing a solid web presence extends beyond creating a website. It also implies creating and maintaining the page, connecting it to social media profiles, and posting regularly on the blog.

Your purpose is to brand your company as an authority in the industry that also provides valuable pieces of advice beyond selling products.

Try to be consistent in how you present yourself to your public because you need to establish an image. Your web presence and brand are the main elements that impact your company’s identity and help loyal clients differentiate your products from your competitors.

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Q&A With Dr Ryan Shelton on Starting Up a Natural Healthcare Business



”Dr Ryan Shelton is the Medical Research Director For Zenith Labs. He believes that there is a way to help sick people with natural treatments complimenting the conventional pharmaceutical approach. He has created a regimen of natural treatments consisting of holistic and complementary medicine, and it’s all backed up by science-based research.

Dr Ryan Shelton had dreams about being a doctor from a young age. His love for helping people inspired him to study the human body and how its internal and external environments change it for the better or for the worse.

Dr Shelton’s path to becoming a doctor was anything but typical. His undergraduate education focused on biochemistry and genetics. After attending medical school for one year he withdrew to “think in slow motion” and received another degree in Philosophy. He left because he disagreed with the way doctors were being taught to practice medicine. Dr Shelton believed that the better way to treat his patients was to heal their whole bodies rather than just treating the symptoms.

After receiving his Philosophy degree, Dr Shelton understood how important it would be to be able to treat or prevent chronic diseases holistically. He returned to medical school, where he earned his Naturopathy Doctorate. Now, Dr Ryan Shelton gets to follow his passion by helping his patients achieve their best overall health through natural remedies.

With chronic disease being on the rise, Naturopaths like Dr Shelton want to do their best to try and stop it from spreading by treating patients holistically. He does this by turning their food into medicine first and using natural remedies to increase their overall health. His goal is to balance his patient’s systems, and he passionately believes that his ultimate goal is to help his patients achieve optimal health.

Dr. Ryan Shelton’s work with Zenith Labs has helped him attract patients interested in pursuing wellness rather than focusing solely on disease care. His successful medical practice complements this passion, as does the company he founded. Whether you’re looking to improve your overall wellness or just want an alternative to the traditional pharmacological regimen, Dr Ryan Shelton has a plan for how to help you.

Hello Dr. Shelton, can you briefly tell us who you are and what you do?

Currently, I’m the medical research director for Zenith Labs and a Naturopathic Doctor with a successful private practice. I am also the Wellness Director and on the admissions team for a behavioral therapeutic program.

For the last few years, I’ve been running an online supplement business where people outside of where I am can get the same kind of advice that I give to my in-person patients from anywhere in the world. I do my best to promote a concept of total wellness and natural health solutions.

I have developed several natural health regimens over the years based on my research. I’m working hard to teach people that everything else will follow if they improve their overall health.

Please describe your company in a few words

Yes, it is a company, but really what we’re trying to promote here is a culture. Sure, we could go online and sell supplements till the cows come home. Lots of people do that. This naturalistic approach has been my life’s work ever since I was in medical school. I initially left medical school because I felt that the traditional way medicine was practiced was to treat the symptoms rather than treat the whole person.

I’m working hard to use my company as a vehicle to teach my customers and patients that they can improve their total body health, which makes healing other symptoms easier.

What is your company’s biggest achievement in recent years?

The surge in online business, I would say, has been our best achievement in recent years. When we first moved into this space, I felt like the company wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. We did traditional promotions and bought advertising, but nothing was really getting us over that plateau.

Just when I thought I might have to just let it go, word of mouth started spreading, and it spread like crazy. Satisfied patients were telling other people about what they’d experienced by using these treatments, and those people turned out in droves to get these benefits for themselves.

In what direction do you see natural healthcare going?

The coolest thing I think I have seen recently is that natural medicine is becoming more and more mainstream all the time. For a long time, people who preferred natural remedies were seen as “uninformed” or “Weird.”

Nowadays, people are flocking to find out what natural remedies they can incorporate into their own life. We’ve all seen so many odd things come from big pharma over the past ten years, so is it any wonder people are looking for a way that they can take charge of their own health. It will become much more focused on environmental medicine, lifestyle medicine, and anti-aging medicine.

We will begin using natural treatments not in response to crises, but rather to promote a level of optimal health not yet seen in the general population.

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Which recent developments in your industry do you find exciting?

The way in which people seem to be flocking to natural medicine. It’s no longer on the fringes of people’s thoughts. I see people take a more open-minded approach to learn about things that natural healers from around the world have known for centuries.

The general attitude that people have, that they want to discover things for themselves rather than just taking the proscribed wisdom as gospel, is really exciting. I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to being able to reach more people than ever before.

Again, environmental medicine and anti-aging, natural agents specifically targeting your unique specific genes and DNA to promote optimal health. The days of degeneration and disease are hopefully going away soon.

What keeps you motivated?

My vision. It’s been front and center in my mind since I was a child. I watched so many of my older relatives that suffered from chronic conditions just wither away with the traditional medical approaches. I knew there had to be a better way, and I feel like I’ve found it.

What keeps me motivated is the drive to bring what I’ve found to as many people as possible, so maybe they won’t have to watch their loved ones suffer as I did.

What advice would you give someone starting out in the health field?

Hang in there. It’s the best advice I could give anyone. Medical school is tough, and it should be. Then you’ll have your residency and boards, which are brutal. Becoming a doctor is a privilege that we, as a society, only bestow on those who have proven themselves to be the best at what they do.

If being a medical professional is your dream, then hang in there, and fight for it tooth and nail until you’ve achieved your dream.

Thanks for your time, Dr Shelton!

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