Perhaps you have dreamed of turning your passion into a full-time career. Whether it is singing, knitting, sewing, or fishing, maybe you have secretly thought that if you could do this all of the time, your life would be wonderful.
But how can you really make it happen?
Here are some critical questions that you should ask yourself before proceeding with turning your passion into a career:
1) Is your passion a viable career?
In some cases, there aren’t any real opportunities to make your passion a real career. Even though you may enjoy doing it, there may not be a market for what you want to do. Your passion may be part of a dying industry, like photofinishing for example. According to Business Insider, this industry is expected to see revenue fall 9.9% per year over the next five years. This is not a career that would be sustainable over the long term.
2) Will you be able to sustain yourself with this type of work?
This point is related to the one above. If you try to go into a dying industry, you will not be able to sustain yourself financially. There must be a thriving market for what you want to do.
3) Can you find work in this field in the geographic location where you live?
Some types of work are only located in certain geographic locations. Skiing and oil drilling immediately come to mind. If you are in a position to relocate and want to relocate, then this will not be an issue for you. But if you have obligations where you are, and you are not mobile, then trying to pursue your passion full time will not be a realistic option.
4) Would you still be passionate about this type of work if you had to do it full time?
Some people love certain types of work, but that is only because it is something that they can do at their leisure. Having to do it for pay and having to satisfy clients can take the luster off something that you would otherwise be passionate about. For example, if you love music, would you still love it if you had to live or die by the reviews? Would you be willing to do what it takes to live your dream, given the fact that the music industry is one of the most competitive of all industries?
These are some heart searching questions that you must ask yourself before you can make the best decision as to whether or not you are willing to pay the price to turn your passion into a career.
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