People often ask me, “if I have so many hobbies and interests, or so many things I enjoy doing, how do I know which one I should pursue as a career?” This is a common issue. I tell people it’s like being on spin cycle in the dryer. You’re so confused you don’t know which way to turn, and which interest or passion to pursue. Sometimes the path we want to take seems very clear though. For example, some passions will pay more than others. You have to be careful of choosing something just for the money. It might just leave you back at square one.
I had a free teleclass this week and this issue came up with Tim, one of the participants (thanks Tim for sharing). He said one of his passions is sailing, and people have told him time and again that he should pursue this as a career because he loves it so much. But…the key point is, and this is what you need to pay attention to, that Tim realizes pursuing a career in sailing would take the fun out of it for him. Sailing right now is a hobby, an escape and if he were working on a sailboat for example, he would not longer truly enjoy sailing. Tim could think creatively about ideas and find something related to sailing or boating that he might enjoy, but that’s a decision he has to really think about and make based on what works for him.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Make a list of your passions. Then imagine yourself doing those things every day, all day!
- Ask yourself: would it still be enjoyable for you?
Don’t lose the passion guys…
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