Walk Away and Try Something Entirely New?

I’ve run my own fitness and health business for 17 years, and tried my hand at several ventures. I’ve employed, on and off, 14 freelance Trainers. The strong passion I once had for my business and industry has faded, and now at 45 I’m lost as to what to do, moving forward.

As a personal service business, I’ve made the mistake of revolving the business around me personally. I want to start afresh outside the industry, but I’m worried I have no ‘provable’ milestones on which to sell myself to future employers. I need security and more stable income, but have no idea what I could base a new business on, outside this industry.

My skillset is diverse, and while I know I have a lot of transferable skills, working in the fitness industry is not necessarily seen as particularly ‘intellectual’ to many would-be employers.

Has anyone else lost the passion for their business and moved on, knowing that they can’t regain this passion within their industry, however much they try? How did you leave one familiar industry for something new?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Life goes on. You should take some time to see what’s your next passion is about? Then you can look at all the transferable skills to map and wrap around that “next” passion.

    Most of the the entrepreneurs who had business at some point, enjoy sales and marketing. It doesn’t need intellectual appeal but more of people skills.

    Good luck

  • Thanks for the advice. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about passions, and have tried my hand at some, so I shall continue to press forward and try to combine several interests into one role. At the end of the day it’s only me who can decide where to head next. Thanks again for your time.

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