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Entrepreneurs, artists and sportsmen alike have maintained a common ideology that they believe has attributed to their success: To pursue one's passion. Indeed, living out your passions and doing what you love has become a career mantra, but is it a blueprint for success? 

Are you passionate or simply interested?

An influencing factor in your decision to pursue your passion can be summed up with a simple question: Is this a passion or an interest?

What’s the difference between the two? An interest piques your curiosity, whereas a passion is something you can’t live without.

Don’t feel disheartened if you do realise that it is an interest, as an interest and a passion can be combined to form a powerful relationship – perhaps one you might have never considered previously! For example, your passion could relate to animals but you also have a strong interest in homoeopathy – combine the two and you’ve got the potential to pursue a career as a natural animal therapist. Or perhaps you have a passion for working with children and an interest in the arts? This could lead you down the career path of early childhood education, specialising in artistic development in kids.

Is there a market for your passion?

Existing market demand for your passion is favourable, but not always essential. You might realise that your passion – for example, you created an innovative invention – drives a new market and fresh demand. Could you be the first of your kind to deliver an amazing and original product, cementing yourself as a thought leader and influencer? However if a large market demand exists, how competitive is it? How will you differentiate yourself from your competitors?

It can be helpful to pick the brains of industry experts and get their take on turning their passions into reality. Remember, they were in the same boat as you are now, were asking the same questions and trialling different ways to make it work. You’ll find that these people are always keen to share their thoughts – and chances are, they could also become your mentor and unbiased confidante.

What is your current life situation? 

As the great comedy performers know, timing is everything.  Take some time to reflect on where you’re at in your life and assess whether now is the right time to start a new career. Perhaps you’ve been away from the workforce for a while and extra study or courses are required to help you embark on your new journey. Examine the financial impact of a new career and talk to your loved ones about your desire to follow your passion – as the ones who know you best, they will always be there to celebrate your wins, be the shoulder on a tough day and offer invaluable insight on your ambitions. If you’re unsure on the right way to reflect, reading up on the art of critical decision-making could provide an understanding of how to make a wise and educated choice.

So should you turn your passion into a profession? The choice is yours. And as the old adage goes: The risks are high, as are the rewards.

We want to hear from you! Did you make your passion a profession? What first steps did you make towards achieving your goals? Share your story in the comments!

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