Should Your Passion Remain a Hobby?

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Advice  | New perspective  | Career decision  | Job satisfaction  | Work tips  | Creativity  | Money  | Entrepreneur  | 

With the ease of online commerce, more and more people are turning their hobbies into careers. Although some people find success in this way, it isn’t for everyone.


It may be smartest and healthiest to leave your passion as a hobby you enjoy in your spare time, and keep your day job. If you turn your passion into a new career, you may find yourself losing that passion.


Successful passions-turned-careers gain success by solving a problem. You may love your passion, but if it doesn’t connect in some way to others, and offer them a service that helps them, it won’t work as a career. A good life can be lead by having a full time job while pursuing simple pleasures in your free time. Your career path doesn’t have to be your passion. Turning your hobby into a career doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have a simple life.


When it comes to supporting yourself, you need to think pragmatically. If there isn’t a way to realistically monetize your passion to a point where it can support you, then it’s probably best left as a hobby.


You need to consider if you have enough steam in you to make your passion into a career. Think about how much time you devote to it when you’re working full time. Do you stay up late to pursue it and put in hard work? Does it eat away at your family time? Or do you find yourself too drained and prioritize other things?


If you can find time for your passion even while working full time, then it’s likely you won’t lose your interest in it even if you transform it into your full time career. When you come home from work exhausted but are still driven to work on your passion, then you have a real shot at making it into something more.


However, if you find yourself making excuses and rarely indulging, then it’s best that your passion stays as a hobby. This isn’t a bad thing, and it doesn’t mean that it’s not your passion. It just means that you shouldn’t make it your main source of income. It’s a sign that you’ll probably get burnt out pursuing your passion full-time.


Think about it this way: would you rather just pursue your passion in your free time without worrying about being financially secure, or do you want to risk burnout with your passion while also worrying about how you’ll make ends meet.


It’s not uncommon for people to pursue their passion as a hobby and keep it separate from their work life. It can help sustain your interest in your passion and can even help fuel it. Your job can help you afford your passion, and can even provide inspiration for your hobby.


So what’s the right choice for you? Have you turned your passion into a successful career? Or do you find that it’s best to keep it as a hobby? We’d love to hear from you! Share your story on UltiCareer and help others answer this question by sharing what a day in the life of your type of job is really like.

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  • Zoe Campos :

    It's good to know from this article that it is completely okay to separate my passion from my daily life activities and just maintain the same level of interest. My father had inspired me to learn hunting and although sometimes I think about making it a full-time hobby, it might be better to keep it on the side so I can treat it as a place to breathe. It might be a good idea to explore some DIY upgrades that I can do for my gun next weekend.

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