I have two teenagers and the topic of what to be when you grow up has been coming up a lot. Eighteen is very young to decide what career you want to go to college for especially when many people change careers seven times in their lifetime. And I know plenty of adults who are still deciding what they want to be when they grow up!
Even successful entrepreneurs and business people change their minds and start new and different careers. People change as they age. Our priorities change and often our passions change.
I asked my children – If money wasn’t an object what would you want to spend your life doing? I think adults who are struggling to find their place in the workforce should try to answer this same question. What do you love doing so much that you’d do it for free? I’ve asked myself this question over the years and the one thing I’m careful of is knowing what I would love doing in my free time and what I would love doing several hours per week for money. Those can be two different things.
You may absolutely love baking but as soon as you turn baking into a business where you do it for others for money you may end up hating it. You may love to create projects in your shop but as soon as you start doing it for money it becomes a job and becomes less appealing.
The good news is most people know this going into the career. They love what they are doing so much that they don’t get sick of it. They want to provide the service or product to others and they don’t feel that they’ve turned a beloved hobby into a miserable career.
Finding your passion is important but so is what you do with it once you’ve discovered it. Many people focus so much on finding their passion that they don’t know what to do with it once it’s found. Dreamers need implementers and vice-versa. I’ve come across several dreamers in my life that have wonderful ideas but they never actually do anything about them. They don’t draw up a business plan, a marketing plan or a timeline of things that need to be done. Working alone can be very daunting and often people give up before they even start.
Creating something new takes time and patience! Write the patience into your plan. Prepare yourself going into your new venture that it’s going to take time. Set goals for yourself. Are you preparing to have this new life in one year, two years or five years? Many people let the time get to them but here’s the thing – if you start your business today and work hard and know that your goal is to be profitable and living your dream life in a certain number of years, do it! If you think one year, two years or five years is too long and you don’t want to wait so you just don’t start your business here’s what happens – a year or five or ten are going to pass whether you start your business or not! Do you want to be sitting in the same spot you are today a year from now? Just start your new life now and your future self will thank you!
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