Are you living for the weekend? Did you take up a 9 to 5 desk job just because it pays well? Do you regret your decision? If the answers to all of the above are in affirmation, then it is a clear sign you need to switch professions. Your job should not feel like work. Instead, it should feel like play. That’s what it means to turn your passion into you your profession.
Success is only achievable when you put enough effort, motivation, and determination into the mix. This is why your obsessions become the easiest way to get you to the top. When you’re passionate about an activity, you’ll be giving your 100% to it, that too, without feeling like you’re putting in any effort. You also won’t have to look for motivation and determination elsewhere, because you will already love the work. In conclusion; you won’t have to make your way to success. Success will make it’s way to you.
Well, we’ve got all the reasons why one should only make their passion their profession. But the more important question still remains unanswered. How does one transform their passion into a profession? The answer lies in these 12 steps:
1. Find Out What You’re Passionate About
What are your hobbies? What are the activities that you love doing? Look for things that you don’t need someone to tell you to do. Things that you somehow just end up doing, without even thinking about. Your passions are not your interests. Don’t confuse them. Your passion is what you feel incomplete without.
If you still can’t identify what your passion is, don’t worry. There’s a cheat code. When you don’t know what you want to do in life, find out what you don’t want to do in life. Start shortlisting professions. Try out new activities. If they bore you too soon, they’re clearly not it. The idea is to get most of the trash out of the way so you can see a little bit better. Once you’ve put unnecessary occupations aside, your passions will inevitably be easier to identify.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
Yep, practice makes perfect. You’ve taken the first step. You now know where your heart lies. It’s time for some intense practice. A diamond needs to be polished and chiseled before it becomes worth millions. You’re the same. Your diamond is your passion. You need to put it under pressure to turn into your strongest skill. Becoming the expert at what you do, is the only way of making money off of your passion. And only practice can make anyone that perfect.
3. Stop Procrastinating
Not tomorrow, but today and not today, but right now. Make this your Mantra. Don’t put things off. You love this activity, do justice to it. Don’t waste your time. The more hours you put into it, the more successful you’ll be with it. The best way to go about this is planning. Start with a business plan. Schedule assignments for yourself into a checklist. Then go about those tasks, without waiting on them.
4. Critic Yourself
Remember that there’s a fine line between self-confidence and over-confidence. Don’t let any amount of success get to your head. Study your progress, performance, and quality and look for flaws. Take yourself seriously and don’t be immature about failure. Use it to work on your projects so that you can make them better.
Ignorance is not always bliss. Treat any negative feedback as constructive criticism. There’s no need to take offense. You should be grateful for bad reviews. They are a resource.
Take things slow. When you hurry, you lose focus and important things may slip by. Patience will open more opportunities for you. Also, rushing to success will only get you short time results. If your goal is to make it last longer, you will need to put just as much time in it.
Impatience also kills productivity. “All good things time,” and your business is one of those good things. Gradual and steady progress will help you get more experience, utilize your resources better and make you surprisingly, more efficient too.
6. Be Creative
Come up with strategies to make your work more exciting. Increase efficiency, reduce wastage. Come with ideas that will help you generate new outputs. Don’t stop once you’ve achieved a goal that you had set for your business. If you settle here, your business will eventually die. The only way to keep it alive is by initiating something new from time-to-time.
Focus on what your target market needs, instead of their wants. This will inspire you to create things that generate attention and will help you expand your business.
The four most important areas in your business that you always need to focus on are its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT). To answer all of these, you will have to put some thought into the following questions:
- Does the market need my product/service?
- Am I doing a good job?
- Can I comfortably afford the capital?
- What kind of competition am I up against in the market?
- What future prospects should I expect?
- Am I likely to quit any soon?
Tally all of your SWOTs and study them. If the strengths and opportunities outweigh your weaknesses and threats, it shows that you’re doing a good job.
8. Decide Who Your Target Audience Is
When you think about the use/consumption of your output, who comes to mind? What kind of people are the most likely to buy your product? You can use research and statistics to find out who your target market will be.
The reason why you’re going to need this information is that you want to set your supplies, prices, and capital accordingly. You also want to know how you can add value to your products, and where you should invest for advertisement. Should it be in schools, social media or on billboards? Where is it most likely that your audience will pay attention to your product? You’ll only know when you first find out who exactly you’re selling to.
Honey, with the size of your dreams, you should expect some big failures too. Don’t be afraid of it. Have a positive attitude about failing. Treat it like feedback. The more you fail, the closer you are to succeed. Before learning how to walk, a toddler falls so many times. Your business will face a similar course. You can’t expect perfection once you’ve made enough mistakes to learn from. Fail 100 times, and get back up 101 times.
10. Take Some Risks
Starting this business was a big enough risk. So now it shouldn’t be a big deal for you to take some more. Don’t think too negatively when an opportunity presents itself. If it doesn’t work out, too bad. Just move on and don’t look back.
On the other hand, there’s always a flip side. If it does work out, imagine how much further ahead you’ll be from where you currently stand. So every time there’s a chance and the uncertainty is holding you back, remember that you’ll only find out once you risk it.
11. Start Networking
The world is so much closer today than it used to be. Communication and technology have overcome distances between people. Extensive data is at your fingertips. Take advantage of this accessibility. Look for people and firms in the same industry as you. Think about inter-sector merging. Search for firms that will make raw materials cheaper for you, or maybe those that will provide faster transport.
The more you network, the more you learn, and hence, the more efficient you’ll become.
12. Your Goals Should Be Practical
Yes, it’s always good to dream big. But at the same time, being over ambitious will get you nowhere. There are two ways to set goals for yourself.
First, think about an ultimate goal. What do you want from this business? Profit? How much profit? Or do you see it becoming a Multinational one day? Begin with the end in mind.
Now think about smaller goals. Call these goals your milestones, or checkpoints. You’re going to have to first achieve these before you’re anywhere near your ultimate one. So for instance, if your ultimate goal is to earn an annual profit of $5 Million, you should probably start with $5,000 and then gradually work your way up.