Building a career on what you love is like making a lover out of your best friend: there is so much at stake and so many feelings involved. Read on and find out how to build a career on what you love. It could be the best decision you ever made.
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1. Stop listening to what they all say
When you were a kid, you were probably told that you could be anything you wanted to be. Then you grew up and they told you to get real about life instead. Now you should rather keep your hobby as your hobby and find a secure way to earn money. No matter what they told you about careers; it is your own responsibility to choose the right one. Take control over your own decisions and figure out where you would like to be in your life. Only you know.
2. Surround yourself with positive people
Taking a chance on a different career is a big step. The last thing you need is negative people around you. The sad thing is that many of the people who say you will never make it are often holding you back on purpose – most likely because they are feeling trapped in their job and don’t want to see others make it. People who are supportive of your idea will build the courage you need to succeed.
3. Find your market
The fear of starting is often even greater if your hobby is art. The reason is simple; very few make it as famous musicians, actors or authors. The good news is that there are other ways of making a living out of what you love. Offer services where you can use your passion to make a business out of it. Give piano lessons or cooking classes, write about writing or give dancing classes to elders. Some say that those who can’t do, teach.
4. Make a plan and go through with it
The planning stage can be a lot of fun, but it is also the most dreaded stage. A proper plan is essential for success, but so difficult to put down in words. The sad thing is that many ideas get abandoned at this exact stage. People simply get overwhelmed; they get scared at the sight of uncertainty and slowly move away from their idea.
Do your research properly and stick to your plan even though it seems overwhelming. The trick is to put enough time into it, but remember that the longer you wait before doing the leap, the less likely you are to do it.
5. Be patient
Money and time are the two main concerns when it comes to making progress. The concern is real, as time needs to be dedicated to your project, but the day only has 24 hours. Try not to worry too much about time. If it is your passion you will find time for it. Don’t quit your day job until you feel like the project is on its feet – it will make your money worries a bit less pressing. When it generates a big enough income, you can make it a full-time job. Be patient and realistic -the reward is a fulfilling job doing that you will love.
Like taking a chance on a close friend, making a career out of your passion is a bit scary. If you have a passion and you are willing to take a risk, just let go of the negative thoughts. Be prepared, follow these tips on how to build a career on what you love.
Written by Marte Klausen