It’s 6:29 in the morning. The alarm clock is about to set off, but you are already awake. You turn your back to the bedside table and hope that this minute will last forever. But of course, it doesn’t. A few seconds later, the all-too-familiar noise fills the room. You turn it off with a careless slap of the hand and, with loathing in your heard, you get out of bed. Sounds familiar? When was the last time your morning routine was governed by the thrilling anticipation of what was to come? When was the last time you wanted to fast-forward breakfast and morning preparations and just get to work? If you can’t remember, chances are you’re sick of your job.
How to Find the Perfect Job
People say that there is no such thing as a perfect job, that no matter how much you enjoy it, it will sooner or later turn into routine. But then there are those who say that, ever since they discovered their passion, they haven’t worked a day in their life. Are they an accident? Probably not. They were just lucky enough to discover what they loved quite early in life.
The thing you have to consider when looking for the perfect job is: what makes you happy? What are you insatiably curious about? What do you enjoy doing when you have a bit of time for yourself? What makes time fly? The answer to these questions is the first step towards your perfect job. Does gardening relax you? Do you enjoy traveling? Do you play an instrument? Or maybe you enjoy computer games. All of these activities can become potential jobs. All you have to do is be creative.
How to Turn Your Hobby into a Job
What you have to remember about work is that it serves others. You can offer your skills, your talent and your time in exchange for money. But the bottom line is: you give. So how can you turn something as self-serving as a hobby into a selfless act? It’s easy: make your hobby profitable to others. If you love gardening, for example, you probably know a lot on the subject. You can share your knowledge with other people. You can organize seminars, you can start a forum or you can even set up a small store. Don’t worry about the logistical side of it. If you really want it, you’ll find the way. Dare to dream and don’t be afraid of being ridiculous. People may laugh at you, but that’s because they can’t imagine themselves being able to pull it off, so they assume you should be discouraged as well.
You might say “that’s all fine, but what do I do if my favourite activity is reading gossip magazines ? That’s completely useless, right?” The answer is the same. How can you give this interest of yours back to society? Maybe starting up a blog on the subject will help people connect and stay tuned to the latest celebrity news. Or you could go to your local magazine and ask if they have a job that might interest you. If you offer your services for free for a while, it’s unlikely that they’ll turn you down. It won’t feel like work anyway, so why not do it? It will earn you credibility and it will open a few doors in the process.
Think outside the box, find solutions, get creative. Whatever you do, don’t tell yourself that it’s impossible. If others do it and make a living out of it, so can you. And if they don’t, you can be a pioneer.
How to Sell Your Passion
Starting off is difficult. Don’t fool yourself. You have to be realistic enough to know that in the beginning you will work a lot for free and you won’t get noticed straight away. You have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of time just to gain experience, create a portfolio and build up connexions. But guess what? Since you’re passionate about this, it won’t feel like work. It’s what you were doing anyway, so why not prepare for getting some money out of it?
Find cheap or even free ways to advertise yourself. Use the Internet, it’s the cheapest and the most accessible tool. Read about Internet marketing and self promotion and put it into practice. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work straight away. Be consistent. Be stubborn. Don’t give up.
Connect with people who have the same interest, ask for feedback and learn from criticism. Look at those who have succeeded and imitate them. Be prepared to fail. Behind every success story there’s a great record of failures. Learn from your mistakes and readjust your plans.
How to Get Better at What You Do
Having the perfect job doesn’t mean that you can wake up late and do nothing all day. If you want to be successful, you have to be constantly active. Stay in touch with everything that’s going on in your field of interest and, most importantly, improve yourself. No matter how good you are at what you do, there’s always more to learn. Don’t get stuck, because others will immediately take your place. Do everything you can to become a master of your trade.
If you want to meet your goals, you must also be prepared to learn new things that you don’t necessarily like, but are essential for your success. If you want to start that gardening site, you will have to learn a little bit about how the Internet works, how search engines work, about how to improve the traffic on your site, about Internet advertising and so on. Even if you’re not interested in these technical aspects, it’s a small sacrifice you have to pay if you want to make your dream come true. Nothing is easy, but when you work towards a goal, these administrative chores will seem more bearable.
Do not, for a moment, think you can’t do it. The human brain is amazing and you can learn literally anything if you stop sabotaging yourself. Work hard and don’t expect instant miracles. There is no such thing. Your results are the bulk of your work. As Andy Warhol used to say about his art: “Don’t think about making it, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
How to Stay on Top
Don’t lose perspective. Don’t forget where you came from. There’s nothing worse than a smug successful person. Be open to people and ideas, listen to others and be kind. Respect everybody and help them overcome their fears and insecurities. Because once, not so long ago, you were a small and insecure person yourself.