Carey Smolensky is the creator of The Passion Summit, a two-day personal growth conference on May 6-7, 2019. He’s also the author of Living Life With PASSION and Helping Others and the president of CSP Worldwide Productions from Chicago, IL.
Find out how Carey followed his passion in the Find Your Passion Career Podcast!
Carey began his company four decades ago, while in high school. Throughout his journey he constantly challenges himself to make a difference in the lives of others. He believes that change is the key to innovation and he evolves both personally and professionally in order to live his life with passion.
As the author of Living Life with Passion and Helping Others, Carey turned his book into an annual experience, The Passion Summit (May 6-7, 2019). This was his next logical step in sharing the ability of living life passionately while helping others. Carey’s passion community focuses on support one another while thriving personally and helping others achieve their dreams.
Let’s take it back to college
Carey went to college on a completely different track from where he is today. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in just three years with a BS in Biology and passed his DATs (dental aptitude tests) with the plan to become a dentist.
Meanwhile, Carey fell in love with his on campus radio experience and he continued to build his entertainment company that he had launched in high school as a side hustle DJing for local events such as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
“I’m going into debt because I’m pursuing [dentistry] and I have a business that wants to grow–which is my passion–and it can’t because I’m going into debt thinking I’m doing something I don’t want to do,” said Carey.
He officially decided pursue his growing business over dentistry. This wasn’t an easy decision. “My parents weren’t big fans when I told them I was going to change the DR into a DJ…”
Life as an entrepreneur
As Carey had envisioned though, his production company, Carey Smolensky Productions, evolved into providing sound, video, lighting, set design, keynote speakers and talent for global conferences. Life as a CEO of a fast moving business is a hustle. “Imagery would be similar to a boxing ring and I would say that because it’s constant—it’s not just nine to five. It’s a mindset and you’re always fighting.”
On any given day you can find Carey contracting and communicating with strategic partners, planning events, overseeing logistics or working on his charity called Warmer Winter, which accept donations for winter clothing. Each month Warmer Winter volunteers distribute clothing, hot chocolate, food and hugs to homeless community in Chicago.
The passion career takeaway
Motivated by his passions, Carey attributes his success giving each project his 100% focus. Zero multitasking.
Just like his book title says, he’s living life with passion and helping others. “A big part of what we do on a daily basis is not only looking forward to the future of the business, not only solidifying where we are in the moment, but also how we can incorporate giving back and making a difference in the world.”
Check out my interview with Carey on the podcast to learn how you can live your legacy and follow your passion like Carey. Also, prepare to be inspired to level up your connections starting with attending The Passion Summit. Reserve your spot now with our awesome discount!
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