Is chasing your passion a good idea?
Do you have a skill or a hobby that you are so damned good at that people say: “You’re so good at this, you should open a business!”
Chances are it has happened at some point and it’s led by that awkwardness as you scramble for a response to a question you had never even considered.
But why is this the highest level of praise you can achieve for doing something that you are passionate about? You did a good job, so therefore you should be monetizing it? How does that make any logical sense? When something unique is created, people are often surprised.
Hold on, why are people surprised when we put pride in our work??
Maybe that should be more of an indicator of how low our standards have become in this mass-produced, overcooked world. Shouldn’t we just be celebrating people for the growth they have personally achieved, not urging them to make a career move they have no skill-set in?
It’s one thing to bake a good cake or play a musical instrument, and an entirely different thing to operate a bakery or or manage a band. Developing the skills to create something like a cupcake or cover a classic rock tune is relatively simple compared to developing a business from a start-up phase to profitability.
Running a business isn’t about doing the one thing you are really good at, there are an incredible number of moving parts hidden in the back ground. So while you wanted to bring your amazing cupcake to the world, you will find yourself doing less of that and more of dealing with accounts payables.
That passion project loses its lustre when you discover this little business needs to be profitable. It begins to lose it excitement when you are doing it day after day and that friend who once urged you to take action is now complaining how you are too expensive and refuses to support you.
Eventually skill you were good at becomes a chain around your neck that gets heavier as the bills pile up and you begin to wonder if this was a good idea. Unfortunately, when you start up a business, you are committed, at least for the duration of your lease agreement.. and the debt accrued in opening.
Snap back to reality, your friend is still smiling, awaiting your response. What do you say? Do you smile the “compliment” off, or let that seed of entrepreneurship into your mind?
There’s no right answer and no right course of action. Do as you please of course, but before you jump into committing resources to a project, look at things logically instead of emotionally chasing your dream. You may like my LEAP of Faith method for helping with this (Read here!)
Regardless of your choices or decisions, taking a passion from a hobby to a job can very quickly suck the joy out of the experience if you don’t have the right expectations or system in place.
And never stop having fun with it.
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