Consider this. You land the perfect job with a new found excitement and enthusiasm for your career, only to find yourself bored and disconnected a few years or even months down the road. You may start job-hopping in hopes of renewing your love for your career, but you find yourself stuck in the same vicious cycle. I can guarantee that at one time or another you’ve been in a similar situation, and you aren’t alone.
According to a 2015 poll from Gallup, almost 70% of American employees are unsatisfied with their jobs. So, why stick with a job or career path that you are unhappy with? For many, if it means being able to pay the bills and put food on the table, then tolerating the daily grind is worth it. But, have you ever thought that there may be another way to make an income AND love what you do at the same time?
The answer is pretty straightforward. Marc Anthony says it best, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sounds pretty great right? The best part is, anyone can do this! Yet, many people are all talk and no walk. There’s never a better time than the present to leave that dead-end job behind. Stop talking about it, and start transforming your passion into your profession.
Here’s the best steps you can take to do it.
1. DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
Do you know what your passion is? If you don’t, it’s about time you figure that out if you want it to become your career. Think about some of the things that you absolutely love. Do you play a musical instrument? Do you have a knack for graphic design? Do you enjoy the outdoors? Consider those hobbies that you can’t wait to work on after a long day at the office. Because that is what your passion is. Keep in mind that you need to be serious about your passion, as it is may become the thing you pursue 24/7. It will require sacrifice and overcoming challenges.
It takes a lot of discipline to pursue your passion as a career, but if you truly love it you won’t mind the extra work.
2. HONE IN YOUR TALENT
Now that you’ve discovered your passion, you may be anxious to take the plunge. Not so fast. You can’t exactly jump ship at your day job just yet. It’s time to hone in your talent. People will only be willing to pay you for your services if you are really good at what you do. And if you want to turn your passion into your career, you need to be considered more than just a hobbyist, you need to become a pro. After work or on the weekends, take an online class or two. Get away from the office for a couple days to attend a conference or training. Putting in the time to learn about your industry and market will help you be more successful in pursuing your passion.
3. CREATE A PLAN
Make a plan of what you need to do before you quit your job, as well as what you are going to do after leaving the 9-5 behind. Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, but you do need to start setting goals for yourself with specific deadlines of when they need to be completed. Outlining a plan and the steps you need to take will help you turn your dream into a reality sooner rather than later.
4. FIND ENCOURAGEMENT
Find people who’ve been in your shoes, and learn about how they got to where they are now. These people can become great resources and mentors, especially when you are still trying to get a grip on things. And, you can’t be successful if you don’t have a support system. Find your tribe – essentially the people who are passionate about the same thing as you. These are good people to become friends with, as you can support each other along the journey ahead.
5. EMBRACE FAILURE
Failure is inevitable. It’s going to happen, which is why you should learn to embrace it from the get-go. Keep an open mind and remember that the mistakes you make now will help you refine your thinking and lead to your eventual success. It may seem easy to give up after your first failure, but if you truly want to live your passion, then nothing will be able to stop you from doing so. When the going gets tough, just remember why you left that office job. To pursue what you love to do.
Turning your passion into your career will take hard work and dedication. But if you are willing to do what it takes, you will soon be on your way to living the life you’ve always dreamed of.