April 14, 2015 (original post here)
This post was definitely inspired by individuals who have been able to make a living doing what they love. You can say I’m pretty obsessed with the idea of creating a career from a passion. Professional athletes, newscasters, small business owners, and so many more individuals wake up everyday to do something that they dreamed of. Sitting in my school’s student union I wondered what would it take to pursue my passion of blogging and makeup? Then I realized that these things are pretty universal to anyone who would want to pursue their passion.
I wish that I could sugar coat these things, but I think that these are the things that nobody really thinks about as they try to turn their passion into a career. I’m not at all trying to be a Debbie Downer, but if I didn’t take any of these things into consideration, then I’d only be hurting myself.
- You may not make it: It’s a sad and pretty harsh truth. If you can’t accept the fact that this may not be successful, you may actually end up hurting yourself more. If you’re not okay with the fact that you may never be able to turn your passion into a career, then honestly, it may not be worth it for you to pursue it. If you’re willing to commit to your passion and you understand that you may not find the success that you want, at least you tried. You also need to think about how much resources you may need to dedicate to it. If you can’t financially afford to fail, then this may be something you need to reconsider. You’ll definitely need to weigh the pros and cons and decide if you’ll still be okay if you don’t make it. For example, I do want to turn blogging/reviewing makeup into a career, however, if I don’t make it, I don’t lose much. I don’t have much money sunken into my blogs and the only real thing that I lose is time. With bowling, I’ve sunken in so much money and resources into it and though I still want to pursue it, I don’t have the financial means to do so. For now, bowling will have to be a hobby while I continue to pursue blogging.
- The journey will be long: Let’s be real. All we want nowadays is for things to instantly happen. We want to be instant successes and we want to see everything happen in a snap. However, these things don’t happen overnight. McDonalds didn’t just pop up and start making millions of dollars. Serena and Venus Williams didn’t just get into tennis and start earning millions of dollars. It was a long journey before any successful person or business became a success. Everything about your passion is going to be tested on this journey and you’re going to be tested. Every step of your journey will be come with ups and downs, but it’s how you handle them that’ll really affect your overall success. If you decide to give up just because one thing doesn’t go your way, then what was the point in even beginning? Thomas Edson had 1,000 failed attempts of creating the lightbulb. When asked how it felt to have failed 1,000 times he responded, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to not make a light bulb.” When you get knocked down, get back up and continue on your journey.
- Time may not be on your side: It’s unfortunate, but true. Some things have an expiration date on them. If you want your passion to be a career, then you need to make sure that the expiration on that passion hasn’t passed and if you still have enough time to pursue it. If your passionate about playing football and you’re 28 years old, then unfortunately, your passion has expired. However, it’s not fully over. There are other options out there for you like coaching. If you’re passion lies in writing, there’s no expiration date on that, but writing takes time and if you want to become a published author, then you’ll need to be able to dedicate time to really creating a worthwhile story. If you realize that you’re in one of these boats, then you may need to consider not turning your passion into a career, but instead your passion is your hobby.
- Make goals along the way: If you want to see how far you can push yourself and how far you’ve come, goals are a great way to help with that. Goals are the little mile markers that will help you on the journey and make sure you get to where you want to be. Now, the goals themselves don’t have to be these big outrageous things. They can be small baby ones. For me, my goal for every post I publish is to get at least 3 likes, 1 comment, and 2 new follows. They’re small little goals, but this is a small blog and when I’m able to accomplish them, I feel like it’s a success. Those little amounts of likes, comments, and follows add up over time. These goals will help keep you motivated to constantly invest your time and effort and every time you’re able to check a goal off your list, you’ll be able to see just how far you’ve come. If your seeking to be a professional athlete, then you can find out the different stats of your favorite athlete and use that as goals. When you try to be the best you can be, that’s when you’ll see the payoff.