There is a lot of pressure on people today to “do what you love.”
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with my career at a young age. I knew I wanted to write. (I had originally planned to follow along in the footsteps of my childhood idol, Harriet the Spy, which may or may not have ended up landing me in jail, so I guess it’s a good thing I eventually found new role models).
Where the words would take me, exactly, was a bit of a mystery. But that’s okay, because I like to maintain a certain element of surprise… as long as it doesn’t involve finding unexpected credit card charges or — much worse — eight-legged creatures joining you in the shower.
For many people, the search for creating a career you love can be a life-long pursuit. And although I now have a clear vision of what direction I want to take to get me there, this is only the beginning. Turning your passion into your career takes volumes of time and effort. (Not to mention an abundance of red wine.)
Chasing the Entrepreneurial Dream
When you work for yourself, you’re often hustling 24/7. While it may not “feel like work” at the end of the day – there is a HUGE amount of energy that goes into putting your ideas in action. And it can take a while before you really start to see the results of your labour.
As much as we all love the idea of building a career out of our passions, and even though we entrepreneurs define success in ways that extend far beyond cash value, we still need to be able to pay the bills. We still want to be able to take that vacation. And we still have big plans for achieving financial freedom one day.
But building a strong financial foundation takes time. It takes a certain number of mistakes made and lessons learned. It takes blood, sweat and tears. It takes resilience.
So how do you prepare yourself to be in it for the long haul?
How do you build the strength and endurance you need to get through the hard days, weeks and months? (Because there will be a lot of them.)
The answer comes from somewhere deep within.
It comes from the same place that first ignited the spark that inspired you to take charge of your career and make a change.
It’s the place that keeps reminding you the feat of achieving your dreams really is possible.
It’s the part of you that truly believes in what you are doing, and reassures you that you are worth it.
Because if you want to get paid to do what you love, you have to believe in the work you do. It’s the only way you’ll convince anyone else to believe in it too. So it’s time to look inward at what you want, assess whether you have the drive you need to turn your passion into your expertise, and whether you believe in it enough to do it for a living.
Once you get there, you have just what you need to keep moving forward.