The never ending question of the new wave millennials – If you’re really passionate about what you do – but it’s not going to make you a lot of money – should you still do it?
First of all, if your lucky enough to have found your passion, ask yourself these questions before you throw the towel in on finding a ‘regular 9 – 5’:
Can you earn a living doing it? – With the onset of online businesses – you can pretty much make a living on most passions. But this doesn’t mean that it is easy or achievable for all. There is still going to be a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get there. Figure out how you can monotize from your passions and do not give up on your stable job until you generate income.
Would it still be your passion if you had to do it every day to make money? – Here’s the truth, even the most glamorous looking jobs aren’t all that glamorous, if you have ever been on a photoshoot or TV set you will know this. Being an entrepreneur seems pretty tough, it’s constant, its pressured and its all on you. Make sure you know what your getting into before you quit the day job.
Is the thing you’re passionate about related to a skill that you have and that’s needed in the market? – This one is simple but often overlooked – make sure you are able to get paid for your passion, a girls gotta eat!
Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but straight out of university with little experience, you have to do what you have to do. If sticking it out in a less-than-desirable job whilst your hustling part time is what you need to do to move to London (where your dream job is for example) that’s what you do. And you do it well. In fact this is probably your best option right now.
If you need to find a boring, stable job to survive, make your passions your hobby. If your stable job is ruining your life or making you unhappy, commit to living more simply financially so you can pursue your passions full-time. Stop buying pointless clothes, move back in with your parents, calm down on the social events. You have to stay committed to your goal and sacrifice a lot for your passions, and the brutal truth is not many people are willing to do that.
The takeaway: The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you’re passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion.