The following is a guest post from Sam Davidson, as part of his “50 Things” blog tour. Sam is a writer, entrepreneur, and dreamer who believes that the world needs more passionate people. To help people find and live their passion, he has written 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need. He is the co-founder of Cool People Care and Proof Branding, and lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter. Aside from the formal bio, Sam is my partner and good friend – someone I have an immense amount of respect for, and if you don’t buy his latest book (which makes a perfect holiday gift), shame on you.

For the past month, Matt and I have been growing mustaches. I have a more natural tendency than he to grow hair below my nose, so mine is a bit more noticeable. It’s all for a good cause as part of the Movember campaign.

Recently, Matt and I attended a new client pitch and the discussion came up about my budding mustache. No one noticed that he, too, was trying to grow one. Poor Matt.

The comedy of this reality does highlight something that’s important when it comes to finding and living one’s passion: you’ve got to try new things, and you may as well have fun.

In my new book, 50 Things You’re Life Doesn’t Need, I showcase why we must find what’s truly important – what we’re passionate about – and why doing that will make it easier to discover what it is we don’t need.

Matt hasn’t become passionate about growing mustaches in the last 30 days. But, he has helped raise the profile of men’s health issues. He’s also had fun at work, something that’s rare for a lot of people.

And this is the exciting thing about passion sometimes. When we’re willing to take a risk and try something new, there’s no telling where that experience will take us. Maybe we’ll be able to base a company around our passion, maybe we’ll fall in love with a new hobby, or maybe we’ll make new friends that will last a lifetime. We never learning anything new without trying something new. Therefore, you’ll never discover your passion in less you go out and look for it.


When have you tried something new and discovered a passion as a result? What was it? Share your story below and one lucky winner will receive a signed copy of 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need.

Other things (actually in the book) that Matt doesn’t need:

  • #2: Small dreams
  • #38: Someone else’s expectations
  • #43: A long commute
  • #47: A job you hate

About Matt Cheuvront

I empower folks to do the work they want to do and live the life they want to live. I also watch entirely too much Saved by the Bell, run marathons, and drink plenty of craft beer. Check out the work my company is doing at Proof Branding.