6 steps to turn your passion into a profession
We’re often told that if we pursue our passion and do what we love as a career then we will never have to work a day in our life. And let’s not forget Oprah's words: “ Do what you love and the money will follow”.
It’s a great advice but it’s not always that simple. It can get difficult to figure out what you love and how to parlay that into a viable business or job. So here’s a step-by-step plan which can help you find your passion and help turn it into your career.
Step 1: Identify Your Passion
To identify your passion first you have to become your own metal detector and scan the landscape of your life. You will notice certain experiences. This experience is that when you find yourself learning about an area in which you desperately want to help and simply can’t stop your self – that’s your passion, and you are the happiest in your work when you are tapping into that passion.
Our Industry does not respect Traditions, it only respects innovation – Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
Yes, that's absolutely right. Here traditions don't mean cultural or social rituals, it means you have to focus on future disruptive projections nor in existing old assumptions. Suppose you love Yoga, and you start your profession in teaching it. But there are so many yoga instructors in the market in that situation, it’s probably impossible to make living doing it. But if you open an account in a social portal and post your demo of instructions and possess in it, then soon you can see upticks in the number of followers, you start getting leads from there and then you can even ask them to join you.
It is up to us to get the engine of possibilities roaring.
Step 2: Become Expert
It is absolutely necessary to become an expert if you really want to grow with your passion. Go for some professional training classes, follow the leaders in your industry, research about new developments and gain as much knowledge as you can about your passion. Start small but make sure that you know each and every aspect of your passion. Understanding business aspects of your passion are very important before you take it as a full-time or part-time profession.
Josh Josh Me Hosh Khona Acchi Baat Nahi Hai- Although you are energetic and want to kick-start your passion driven profession, don't forget to keep your wits about you.
Step 3: Create Strong PR & Social Network
You are intelligent and hardworking but you don’t have a strong network. This indicates that your business will not expand. Nowadays expansion & growth are very important in any profession or business and your network plays a vital role in it. Networking not only means you general contacts in your circle but also relates to “From whom you get what & to whom do you deliver”. Now it’s the beginning of a new era of social media which allows you interact and reach your audience quickly. Social Media helps build the relationship between your business and customers; customers can directly comment on your post.
Step 4: Polish & Upgrade Your Skills On Regular Basis
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”—Barack Obama
One of the great thing about working for yourself is having more control over the direction of your career. It’s vital to set aside sometime and start thinking about how you can take your career forward by adding new skills, qualifications and experiences to your resume. One thing you have to remember is that you are your own mentor, HR department, and boss. Nobody else is going to be looking after your career development, except you. Over the next few years, the world is undoubtedly going to get more competitive. You may need something extra to really stand out. So merge your talent and your passion to find creative combinations that make you more marketable. Learn and do regular research on whatever you want which relates your professional growth. Upgrade Your Self.
Step 5: Ask For Feedback From Your Customers
Once you start your services don't forget to ask genuine feedbacks from your customers. Positive feedback will inspire you and negative feedback will help you work more on lacking parts.
Step 6: Regular Habits
Once you start your profession do not forget these few mantras:
1. Marketing should be the first expense from the business.
2. Customers are the best investors.
3. Your team is the biggest asset.
4. Unhappy customers are the biggest liabilities.
5. No one will purchase your product/ services because you want to sell, you have to give them a reason to buy.
6. Outsource the small things & always appreciate your limitations.
7. Always have a mentor in life (the most important).
There is a countless number of positives inside of you that you probably don’t even realize. And every now and then when every now and then when you lose motivation a quick reminder of what your potential is can really help. Just keep in mind that to taste success you will be forced to face temporary defeats. If you give up at that stage, you will fail. But if you keep going you will become successful. Don’t give excuses, don’t say you can’t- if you put your mind to it you can do anything. Don’t sell yourself short and don’t let anybody bring you down. If you can dream it you can do it. True failure isn’t when you miss the mark its when you give up.