A study from the Deloitte University Press reported that up to 87.7 percent of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their full potential because they don’t have passion for their work. If this sounds like you, it may be time to find a career you are passionate about. Workers who are passionate about their careers are committed to achieving higher levels of performance. Here are some steps to help.
1. What is your passion?
To begin with, it’s important to realize that there is a difference between a hobby and a passion. Just because you enjoy doing something in your spare time does not necessarily mean that you should turn it into your profession.
Your passion is your enthusiasm, drive and motivation. As it relates to work, it’s something that you enjoy and that you want to apply all your skills and energy into doing.
2. Is there demand?
Determine the demand. After you’ve uncovered your passion, do some research to determine if there is a demand for it. You certainly don’t want to dive into a career for which there is little to no demand; and likewise, you should be wary of joining a profession in which there are a lot of competitors. However, if you are confident in your skills and ability, it is possible for you to become a competitor in your chosen field if you are prepared to market yourself properly.
If your first idea doesn’t prove fruitful, take a step back and look at the big picture. Is there a void in the marketplace that you can fill? A side business to your original idea that might prove more profitable? Get creative and brainstorm possible variations of the field that you are interested in.
3. What will you need to be successful?
To become successful, you will need to research what you will need. You may need additional training or even to complete an apprenticeship – both of which take time. Additionally, your career may require special equipment, programs or machinery, all of which take money.
4. What is your plan?
Chart out the steps you will need to take to turn your passion into a career. If further training is necessary, map out the timeline to completion. Include drawing up a business plan, procuring materials and equipment as well as scouting and hiring additional help on your plan. Map out your budget, including up-front expenditures, and figure out how you are going to survive until you start earning a profit.
6. Start small and adjust as necessary
Dip your toe in the water and test it first before taking the plunge. Along the way, seek out advice from others who are successful in your chosen field, or in similar fields. Be open to suggestion and willing to try things another way. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
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