Some people warn you not to mix your passions and your employment. For some reason, they think that you’ll suddenly enjoy your hobby much less if it turns into your sole source of income.
While I do understand this to a point, I, for the most part, don’t agree with it. If you’re passionate about something, wouldn’t that be what you wanted to do all the time?
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For instance, let’s say that you really love animals and you really want to help them in any way that you can. It would probably be in your best interest to become a veterinarian so that you can help all of the animals in your neighborhood!
Also, I firmly believe that when you are passionate about your work, you will accomplish far more than someone who is only doing it for the paycheck.
I have seen many intelligent people go into a field that was supposed to be “the successful career choice,” and they started out making decent money, but they just didn’t advance in their company because their heart wasn’t in it (for example, my sister).
Other friends of mine followed their heart and took the road less traveled, but they are loving what they do and they have become quite successful at it! If you have a passion for something, then I believe that you should pursue it and turn it into your career.
But I Might Fail…
So many people are afraid of failure these days that nothing is happening anymore. If you love to sing and are very talented, then why not try to be a singer if that’s what you’re passionate about?
Sure, you might fail, but what’s the real downside? You might be living on cheap pasta and ketchup packets, but you would survive and you’d be doing what makes you happy. If you get to the point where you feel like it’s not going to happen for you, then at least you can say that you gave it your best effort and then move on with your life. If, however, you never did anything to follow your dreams/passions, then you would constantly wonder if you could have ever made it.
If you wake up in the morning and you can think of nothing but singing, then you are most likely a singer. If you can think of nothing other than writing, then you’re probably a writer. Don’t fight your gifts, embrace them.
Could Your Passion Be Profitable?
If you are questioning if your passion could really create a profit for you, there’s no reason why you can’t pursue it on a part-time basis. Go out and get a full-time job like the rest of the population and in the evenings and on the weekends, pursue your passions.
If you start earning some good money, then perhaps you don’t need your full-time job anymore and you can have fun tackling your passion each and every day! This is the risk-averse plan, but it can certainly work quite well. Best of luck to you and your dreams!