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Making Your Passion Your Job

Posted in Random Reflections

“Do what you love and never work a day in your life.” How many times have you heard that? I can’t even begin to count. But, I’ve learned over the years that it’s mostly, if not completely, BS.

I typically try to keep my posts positive, but today I want to provide a cautionary lesson. More and more, recently, I’ve seen examples of people making their passion into their work and finding that those passions fizzle and burn out.

The nice thing about a passion that remains a hobby is that you do it because you want to. And when you don’t want you, you have the freedom to take a break. The moment you turn it into a job, you do it because you have to, and breaks aren’t really an option. Having to force yourself to do something you don’t want to do is a quick way to lose interest.

I grew up thinking the best job in the world would be to read all day. If you read my post on book blogging, you know how that turned out. At the end of a 16 book push, reading an average of a book every 3 days, I was sick and tired of reading.

If I’d had to keep up that pace, I may have lost my love of reading altogether. Thankfully, I could take a break and bounce back.

If you want to turn your passion into a career, make sure you have breaks. If possible, give yourself other work as well so you can bounce between things.

I’m not saying that everyone who turns their passion into a career will have a rough time of it. I’m just saying you should be aware of the potential pitfalls.

And if you’ve already made a successful career of your passion, congratulations! and tell us how you managed it in the comments.

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