You can’t go anywhere on the internet at the moment without someone preaching about how they made their passion or hobby into their full-time career. There are so many courses, blogs and videos about how you can find your passion in life and turn it into a dream money making machine, but is that always the best option?
Living the dream
When you find that one thing in life that lights a fire under you, it can be so easy to get carried away and start to plan your perfect life. Many passions can be turned into full-time careers and give you the life you’ve always wanted, but it’s important to remember that it’s also ok to just have a hobby!
There’s nothing wrong with finding something you love and just doing it in your spare time. If you make a bit of side money from it, amazing! However sometimes making your passion your career can suck any and all fun out of it.
How do you know if you should follow your passion?
If you’ve got a 9-5 and dream of breaking free and travelling around the world, whilst running your own business, there’s a few way you can know for sure whether it’s worth giving up everything for:
- You literally can’t stop thinking about your passion – it’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.
- You don’t mind doing the boring bits – things like creating invoices, research marketing and general admin stuff
- You still get excited about doing it, even if it’s been years!
- You simply can’t imagine a life without it.
I think it’s important to stick with a passion for at least a year before committing to it 100%, especially if you’re thinking about delving into it full-time. This gives you time to really get stuck in and see if it’s something that is just a phase, or something you were born to do!
Following my passion and growing it into a career for me has been like learning how to grow a garden from scratch.
From finding the right soil to buying the best tools to pruning all the weeds. It’s been such a challenge.
— Claudia & Greta (@midulcefortalez) 12 February 2018
Don’t let others tell you which road to take
In my experience, friends and family can get just as carried away with your passions as you do! I’ve had a good few hobbies over my lifetime and every time I’ve demonstrated an interest in something, I’ve automatically been asked ‘so is this what you do now?’. First of all, what kind of question is that? What answer could I possibly give to that?
So many people dream of turning their passions into careers, that it’s now expected of us. Even if we are perfectly happy in our 9-5 office job, this ‘grass is always greener’ mentality makes us feel like we’re missing out and even when we don’t put that feeling on ourselves, others will do it for us!
Sometimes the best option is to keep your passions private and personal, but when you want to shout about it from the rooftops, that can be a little tricky.
Don’t let other people tell you how much time to spend on the things you love and don’t let others try and push you down a road that:
A) You may just not be ready to go down just yet
B) Could possibly steal all the joy away from getting hands on with your passion project
Rt this so I can get my name out there and hopefully turn my passion into my career ❤️ Thank You! pic.twitter.com/W4PwGunQAd
— Peter Claussen (@PeterClaussen20) 6 February 2018
Finding your passion
Ok, Ok, you may now be thinking…
“But Cat, I don’t have a passion, how do I find it? How will I know when I’ve found it?”
Well, lucky for you I answer a few of those questions in the video. Have a little watch to learn how I learned what passions were a temporary interest and which were a life long love affair. It’s not easy and it can take a bit of time, but once you find that thing that clicks perfectly with who you are and where you’re at in your life right now, it’s 100% worth it!
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