Some people work in careers that help pay the bills. They are good at what they do but they are not totally passionate about it. And that’s fine for them because in their free time they enjoy what they are passionate about…whether it is baking or remodeling homes, etc. In fact, clients have often told me that the minute they need to start earning money from what they are passionate about, they no longer feel the same way about it, which for them means that the pressure gets turned on because now they need to perform.
So how easy is it to make a substantial living doing what you love? That depends on two things…you and most importantly the marketplace, which ultimately has the influence over your financial outcome. It’s about finding that sweet spot where your passion and the marketplace meet. Then you also have to decide how much, if any, are you willing to tweak what you do in order to deliver what people want and be able to make a profit from it. It comes down to the need that people have for what you’re offering…and if it’s not a mainstream idea then it becomes a narrow margin of people that will use your particular business. And do those not so mainstream people have enough disposable income to pay for your service? After all, there are many who may benefit from your business, but that doesn’t always mean that they want to pay for it. Both of these concerns totally depend on your ability to target your market segment and actually sell your goods or services. This proves the need to reach your customer and then communicate a substantial perceived value for your services so that they buy from you. It’s exactly at this moment that your excitement for what you do must shine through, in addition to your belief that you can deliver “the goods.”
The ability to market and manage your business will define how well you can earn a living. Therefore, we can definitely have our passions in life and enjoy them but unfortunately, they might not always be our moneymakers. But that doesn’t have to stop you since the typical, creative solution for supporting a career that you love is to take on a second job in order to earn a living that will sustain you. You might even want to consider the other reason to vary careers since there is something to be said for how close your personality traits relate to your profession. For example, when you apply very similar traits to what you are passionate about, oftentimes it will tip the scale out of balance so that you and your career are totally entrenched and life suddenly becomes homogeneous. The result over time can cause creativity and free thought to be stymied. Whereas, on the flip side being employed in an area that doesn’t necessarily relate too closely to your personality traits can quite often allow for just the right amount of personal growth to occur. This can create more of a balanced and stimulating lifestyle in the long run, as well as the energy to free you up to enjoy and work with what you are passionate about during the rest of the week.
Some additional thoughts to consider…don’t let finding your “right” career have so much power over you, in that you want it to complete you. Whether the pressure is internally or externally driven, it’s important to find a way to let it go and not buy into the thinking that you have one chance to find the perfect calling in life in order to make a living. By looking at it from another perspective with the belief of having more worth and power over your career, you can better influence the way things turn out. In addition, be open to more than one possibility since there’s no such thing as having just one option, especially since we change over time. Maybe we can all “lighten up” and not be so hard on ourselves when it comes to “figuring out” the best way to ultimately earn a living.