How to Start Doing What You Love
Forty hours—if not more—of your week are spent at work. Unfortunately, most people seem to think that the work that they do is not worth their time. Perhaps there is a problem with Friday being the most celebrated day of the week.
While it’s great to have a job and to be financially secure, there’s certainly more to life than to spend it on something that you’re not really passionate about.
But ‘following your heart’ isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Once you’ve discovered your passion, how do you get out of the rut and start doing what you love?
Don’t give up (your job)
When you realise that you don’t love your job and that you’d rather be doing something else, that’s when you need to hold on to your job all the more! You need to find a way to pursue your passion on the side. Use the weekend, use the hours before and after work, but don’t quit your job.
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Pursuing your passion in your downtime is going to give you a fair idea of what it’s really like to do what you love. You may spend your life believing that you love to paint, dance or cook. But until you get down to doing it—and doing it on a regular basis—you won’t really know what it entails.
Meanwhile, you need that financial ground beneath your feet as your dreams take flight.
Have something to offer
Before you take the plunge into the world of your dreams, you want to make sure that you have something to offer. A well-developed idea, a concrete plan of action and proposals that have been thought through until the end. Along with your skills and talent, you need to be able to get people to trust you with your plan. Develop something meaningful before you start pursuing your passion.
Find a way to make money
If you’re looking for the confidence to do what you love, you need to find a way to monetize your passion. Thinking about the financial aspect of your dreams is crucial. The extent to which you can monetize the thing that you love to do depends on what that thing is.
If your passion is computer programming, for instance, you know that you’ll find a job in that field without much difficulty. But if your passion is something like filmmaking, or drama, you cannot assume that you’ll be making money right away. In that case, if you consider teaching filmmaking/drama, you will be able to make some money while still being able to do what you really like.
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Don’t give up (on your passion)
There will be numerous occasions when you’ll just want to give up on it at all and crawl back into the comfort of your regular job. When you’re starting out in a new field, you’re likely to face rejection in many ways. People won’t take you seriously; you’ll be told that you’re charging too much; you won’t get too many chances and opportunities. But the bottom line is just this: don’t give up on what you love. The most successful people around the world today had their fair share of rejection before they became who they are.
We’re all looking to be better versions of ourselves. But with several day-to-day tasks taking up our time, we forget to look at the larger picture. MeraJob’s ‘How to Be a Better You’ is an eight-part series of self-improvement articles to help you enhance your performance at work and be successful at whatever you choose to do.
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