Have you asked yourself why your dream job means so much to you? You should!
Mantras like Marc Anthony’s famous quote, “If you do what you’ll love you’ll never work a day in your life” lead many people to believe that in an ideal world, we’d all be able to turn our passions into careers.
But, except for a few highly publicised success stories, most people who have turned their hobby into a career will tell you that monetising something you love is a fantastic way to turn it into something you hate.
Because once you turn your passion into a business, it stops being about you. Whether you’re an artist, a photographer, a writer, or a teacher, the moment you go into business, your work ceases to be about self-expression and starts to be about meeting deadlines, achieving goals and making clients happy.
Turning your hobby into a career means embarking on projects you don’t personally believe in, relinquishing creative control, and having to perform under pressure - all of which are surefire ways to transform your enjoyment into resentment.
A career path that's based solely on doing things you enjoy doing isn't wise. Temper your expectations by viewing what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing through the lens of supply and demand in the job market.
Once you're earning money doing what you're good at, you'll start to love your job. It rarely works the other way around.