This is a guest post by Cara Smith. She works as a blogger cum editor for HivRnaTest. She holds an MBA degree in hospital and healthcare management. When she is not working, she loves to travel the world and make new friends.
Being in love with one thing yet marrying the other and still you expect peace in life! Would it not be perfect if you get to spend your entire life in the service of your dreams and hobbies?
Why not pursue what you love and do it so professionally well, that people cannot take their eyes off your art?
Why not go ahead and secure a lavish career doing things your heart and mind is already in sync with?
If you are reading this on your phone or laptop, life as you know it is not about survival anymore. Life does not give you a 30- day’s trial option. It is happening right now.
But what if, right before you die, your entire life flashes in front of you and there is this 30-second advertisement video which you cannot skip. What if there is really nothing much to show about your accomplishments in all your life? What if that 30 second Ad is all you got?
There can be a lot of self-doubts while opting for your hobby as a career option. Although, if you enjoy doing it, no profession is useless! It will be more satisfying than a usual 9-to-5 job.
However the way reality whispers in that dream, “Mind if I come in?” It makes you sigh while you fall back on the chair. Doesn’t it?
Yes, it is not going to be a smooth ride. But many dreamers have done it successfully in history. You see, it’s really not about how good you are right now, but how well your motivation springs you to take action in reality.
I am quite sure, you are whispering under your nose right now,” If that was as easy to do, as pimping out yet another blog post into the cyberspace”. I understand your qualms.
If you are an optimist and all your replies for above-mentioned questions are ‘Yes’; filled with rage which involves you violently thrusting your fist on the table, may be. Then let’s stop being a victim.
Let’s start making some practical advancement towards your hobby and give a little nudge to start snowballing your way to an awesome career.
Here are some cliff notes to begin with:
1. Start a website and share your knowledge.
Awareness is the new trademark for superiority.
People are hungry for updated information to flaunt it around. Hence, there is a steep inflation of privately owned websites.
Build an audience for yourself. Money should never be the preference.
By that I do not mean, giving up all your comforts and possessions, but assisting others with your skill sets.
Find ways to tickle people and leave them with an impression of your art. Collect good wills. Time will come when these founding bricks will build your career-castle.
2. Write a book.
If you are good with words, start scribbling.
Never judge a book by its cover, but its index. Yes, you think you might not be ready, but you are always ready to start taking sticky notes about your hobby or how you create it. The whole process involved.
Start small and one fine morning you will have ample pages to get to work.
Remember slow and steady wins the race. Yes, it is true, always.
Here’s a beginners’ guide on how to write and self-publish your first eBook.
3. Become a mentor.
Start teaching to learn.
The word is not preaching here. Teaching things while constantly assessing your shortcomings will only increase your grip on the subject. If nothing, teaching those skills can further be turned into a profession.
For some ideas, maybe set yourself up as a private instructor, personal trainer, or ring a bell to your local school or college or even tuition centers. You will never regret teaching what you love to students who really want to listen to you.
You see, when you take your skill sets seriously and start passing it on to other interested parties, you start a chain reaction. Karma will be kind to you this time, I promise.
4. Become a youtuber.
Every aspect of creating a career out of a hobby involves marketing as much as manufacturing the product or presenting your art.
Many companies are on the constant lookout to find new ways to market their products – and to make an interesting video go viral is one of the best ways to do so.
If you are good with making crafts, artwork or even baking, why not shoot a video of you creating it. Show it to the world. Production companies are always searching for good video editors, short film makers or a photographer.
Whether you are still pulling up your socks or you are already in the mud, you have to shout about it. Make sure you are heard.
Youtube is an excellent platform for a two-way communication.
Remember, it’s all about how conveniently you can communicate with your customers or clients. Communicating involves active listening too. Make notes. When you are selling your art, it should be more about the person receiving it.
Take every criticism in good spirit. Make separate notes for it. With the pace the internet is simply marking its territory in every person’s pocket; digital marketing is sure the future gateway to your career path.
5. Start your business.
Be always professional. Always is the keyword here.
Whether you are providing a service for money or not, attention to details is a must. It’s all about the little things that make a difference. If you are good with general maintenance or repair works, why not offer your services to local people.
The world is full of talented people, no doubt about it. You will never find your competitors sitting idle. So go ahead and start your start-up already.
Remember, to be professional means being honest with your work. You will for sure gather some eye raising attention. In fact, inculcating attention to details in your hobbies can do wonders in your skill sets.
So dear dreamer, stop searching for the meaning of life and actually start doing something about your passion which is burning like lava inside you.
There are already enough people in this world who do not come out of an ATM till they really find the deep meaning of life, right there. Never be that person.
Never be someone or somebody. Be your hobby.