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The Trap of Passion to Career | Humble Hustle #029

Published 10 months ago • 2 min read

The Trap of Turning a Passion into a Career

The other week during a call, we found ourselves discussing passion projects and hobby businesses.

It’s easier than ever to chase your passion and it’s also more wanted than ever.

Who doesn’t want to make money from what they love doing?

We've all heard it before: "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

Yet, during the call we both realized our friends or acquaintances who have transformed their passions into successful businesses...only to burn out and hate what they’re doing.

In fact, a Standford Study shows it’s likely that starting a career through your passion eventually turns the passion into another job.

I personally love my job and I’m glad I pivoted to chase my passion in tech, marketing, and content creation.

But trust me when I say there are plenty of days where it’s a complete struggle and often it does seem like any other job.

If you’re building or have built a passion business, I’m sure you can relate.

Over the years, here are three essential pillars that I find help keep work a passion:

  1. Gratitude 🙏 – Knowing that I’m incredibly fortunate to be my own boss and wake up every day doing something I am genuinely passionate about
  2. Challenge 🏋️ – Making sure I am challenged every day and avoid falling into a boring hamster wheel of obligations
  3. Balance 🧘 – Keeping work and life separate is so important. We all need to keep some hobbies and passions strictly as hobbies and passions with zero intent to monetize

So, if you’re on a journey to turn your passion into a career, I urge you to keep the three essential pillars in mind, and best of luck with your journey!

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