How To Pursue Your Passions While Working Full-Time
What does it mean to you to be a professional? What does it mean to you to be a dreamer? Sometimes we back ourselves into a corner by believing that our passions, since they are not our profession or because our profession takes up so much of our time, are invalid and unattainable. We believe that because we have obstacles to our dreams, we need to give up on them.
Friends, this is not the case, and that kind of mindset should not run our lives. The age-old saying, “where there’s a will, there’s a way” is very often the truth. While your situation is your own and it may be hard, give some honest thought to how you may be able to embrace your passions while holding down a different, full-time job. You may be surprised at what you can accomplish.
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Your passions are good. They give you purpose and, at times, joy and fulfillment. For this reason, it’s actually a good thing to invest your time in them. Doing something for yourself is not inherently selfish, but it is important to prioritize things by necessity. If you are able to handle your immediate needs and make your hobbies, passions, and dreams a higher priority for you, then consider doing that.
It’s very possible that you put too much emphasis on your profession as well. Your career isn’t what defines you, but often your passions are. So ask yourself, what’s your work-life balance like? Are you putting your own health and your relationships with others on the back burner for your career? This may be a sign that you’re a workaholic, so don’t be afraid to analyze that for yourself and see if it applies to you.
A Second Profession
Some hobbies are lucrative when the right kind of effort and time is put toward them. You may be able to turn such hobbies into one of your professional trades while still holding down your regular, full-time job. Being a professional doesn’t necessarily mean making something your full-time career; you may be able to turn your passion into a side hustle if you follow the proper steps to do so.
True, it is extra work and an entirely different ballpark to turn something into a business. Legalities, taxes, overhead costs and maybe even wage laws can turn your passion into a stressful endeavor. That said, having your passions start to pay for themselves is a lot of people’s dreams, and a side gig now may turn into a full-time job later. Don’t discount the second profession, but weigh the costs and decide if this is really the best way to pursue your dreams.
When to Change Your Career
It’s possible to make your dreams and passions into your full-time job or to cater your job to something that will encourage or allow you to seek these things. For many other people, this is very risky and somewhat of a last resort. But doing what you need to do to live your life to its fullest potential is important. It’s okay to admit that it may mean quitting your job and giving up some of your security.
It can be a lot of work too. For instance, let’s say that you decide to change careers to something overseas in order to pursue your passion of travel and adventure. You may have to sell many of your possessions, cut back on expensive social activities, put a CV together, and plan something in the future. But if it lets you pursue your passions and it’s a logical time in life to go for it, risky things should be considered. You only live once, after all.
And that’s the point of all of this, isn’t it? With one life to live, you don’t want to look back and think about the fulfillment you could have experienced if you pushed yourself to pursue what you wanted more than anything. Seriously contemplate if your life is fulfilling you in its current state, and adjust accordingly.
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