I apologize, this post doesn't have a ton to do with popcorn, but it's a crucial part of Lisa's story that I just couldn't skip over.  This is the story of how my wife and I came to own my mom's popcorn shop and why something incredibly important to us at Lisa's Passion for Popcorn is our initiative to champion the passions of others.  One way that we do this is through 'Pop Open A Good Book' where we encourage literacy in children.  We believe that helping others find their love of reading is a great way to help people discover their passion in any area of life.  

That's me! (Zack) reading to kids at Lincoln Elementary in SLC, UT at this year's Pop Open A Good Book event! 

That's me! (Zack) reading to kids at Lincoln Elementary in SLC, UT at this year's Pop Open A Good Book event! 

The question still remains, how can we discover our passions if we feel lost and without direction.  For me, I crossed that bridge myself about 3 or 4 years ago.  At the time I was teaching karate full time and I loved it.  I was also a college drop-out (you can't major in Judo can you?) determined to live my dream (or what I thought it was), but like a lot of other people down a similar path I couldn't pay my bills.  

See... I told ya I did karate!

See... I told ya I did karate!

I was frantically looking for ways to make more money, reading internet blogs about making money fast, and learning lots about scams when I came across a book that transformed my life.  After that I read another book, and another, and another until I became obessed with learning sales and business to get my self out of this mess... What a sellout right? 

In 2016 I read 52 books!... It was exhausting... 

In 2016 I read 52 books!... It was exhausting... 

As I was reading, I learned something important about psychology, WHAT you do, what happens on the outside is not nearly as important as WHY you do something.  Being driven to a purpose is the true key to happiness.  There are a million WHATS that could make someone very happy.  I was super happy teaching karate, but miserable worrying about bills.  I needed to find a new WHAT that could fulfill my WHY and hopefully, pay the bills.  Turns out, I wasn't a sellout, my purpose and mission had never really changed.  It was then that Brooke and I was presented with a life changing opportunity to buy my mom's business, Lisa's Passion for Popcorn.  

There's my mom, Lisa, cooking on our Youtube channel: The Pop Shop Show!

There's my mom, Lisa, cooking on our Youtube channel: The Pop Shop Show!

What in the world did making popcorn and teaching karate have in common that could possibly fulfill one person's WHY? What is my reason for waking up everyday? What is my mission? What is my true passion? While that question may take a lifetime to answer completely I've figured out two things so far:

1.  I LOVE competing, pushing myself, and being on stage.  As it turns out, like karate, the world of business is highly competitive and there are COUNTLESS similarities in finding a winning strategy for either. 

2.  Teaching.  I have been in leadership my whole life it seems and thankfully so because I LOVE to share what I've learned with others.  It is difficult to explain, but any teacher will tell you the same thing, in a classroom, on the mat, or in a popcorn shop, sharing a new skill or idea that will benefit others brings with it a PRICELESS feeling that is hard to replicate.  

That's my story on how my wife Brooke and I came to be the proud owners of Lisa's Passion for Popcorn.  We are now on a mission to create the world's finest gourmet popcorn and also encourage others to pursue their passions.  We hope you enjoy this blog describing our journey.  

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