What Happens When You Turn Your Hobby Into a Job?
What Happens When You Turn Your Hobby Into a Job?
There is a big industry on the web that will show you how to turn your passion into something that pays your bills. I’m sure you’ve seen the Facebook ads:
“Follow your passion! Earn money by doing what you love!
In a few easy steps, you will be able to solve all the problems in your life, find the job of your dreams and make a living!
But you don’t find your passion like you find change under your sofa pillow.
No. Instead, you stumble blindly in the dark, tapping your toe on a bunch of different things, until you find the light switch you’re looking for. One day you wake up, turn on the right light, and realize that this is what makes you happy – and you can’t imagine doing anything else.
You find the work that fascinates you by trial and error.
I created this website on a whim. I was 27 years old and I just needed a way to finance my trips. Being a travel writer seemed like a way to do it. This website was to be my online resume where (maybe) the editors would hire me for assignments. There were no big plans to turn my love of travel into a career. No thought for the future. I just wanted to do something that would keep me on the road for another day.
During those early years, to keep the money at stake, I also taught English in Asia, tried to manage online marketing websites, and even played semi-professional poker.
However, over time, I found myself spending more and more time on this website. I loved learning how to improve it, finding new ways to help people travel, writing content, learning about social media and SEO algorithms, and meeting people through it. Many of the bloggers I met in those early days are now among my closest friends.
I always wake up every day loving what I do and the people I meet.
I was asked recently what happens when you turn your passion into a profession? How does it change your relationship with the thing you love so much?
Well, it changes the relationship a lot.
Over the years, the journey has gone from something I wanted to do to something I had to do. The contained animal had to be fed. I always had to go out and do things to make sure the articles were as current and accurate as possible. I was no longer content to blog casually about my experience, but to create detailed guides.
Time passed quickly until one day, suddenly, there were also five employees to worry, health care plans to consider, accountants and taxes to pay, meetings and conventions to attend. , advertising revenues to secure, conference calls to make and contracts to read.
There had to be very few trips on a whim and going with the flow.
It had become a business.
Sometimes it sucks.
Sometimes I wake up and don’t care.
Sometimes I don’t want to go on a trip just because we need content. Sometimes I get tired of taking photos of the menus, going to grocery stores to see prices and collecting brochures for our guides. Sometimes I don’t want to write another fucking article or worry less about a brand deal.
Sometimes I want to burn it all down.
On those days, I fondly think of simpler times, when each day was Saturday and my biggest worry was the hangover of tomorrow. When I just loved traveling without the pressure of bills, wages and traffic.
But no job is perfect. There will be times when stress will make you want to scream.
If you want to do anything in the long run, you have to be prepared for those kinds of days.
Because when you love what you do, you’re ready to eat this shit sandwich. With joy.
I was open about how, over the past few years, balancing everything has led to a lot of anxiety and stress, which partly explains why I slowed down and stopped traveling so much.
And that’s why I believe that when your passion becomes your profession, it is important to take time for yourself.
You have to release the pressure and stress and enjoy your passion just because you love it and it makes you happy.
That’s why I take trips that I don’t write about.
That’s why I try to log out and use social media less frequently these days.
That’s why I don’t make big plans (for example, change our messaging funnel) when I’m more on the road.
Life is a battery that needs to be recharged – and doing something for no other reason than the one that makes you happy recharges this battery.
I think this is something that many people who “turn their passion into a profession” lose sight of at first. They go straight to work because their passion is the driving force, without realizing or recognizing the pressures and stress it creates for money.
The days and weeks are piling up and they go so far into the weeds that they lose some of the spark that pushed them in the beginning. They become exhausted, become depressed and lose their balance. They see the endless work in front of them and say, “When did it get like this?”
I always tell my students that work never stops. You will never finish. There will always be something more to do, no matter how many “passive income” streams you create.
You need balance.
Balance is the key to “turning your passion into a profession” without getting exhausted. Most people I know who end up doing something long enough learn this lesson after too many hours of stress and anxiety (although some never do).
It took me my first eight years to learn this lesson.
There is nothing I prefer to do in the world than work in travel. I always like to wake up and work and help others change the way they see the world.
But I’m also much better at creating balance in my life than I was in the past, which is why I don’t burn myself as much (or I think of burning everything more often).
To nurture your passion as a profession, you need to find a balance so that you can fuel the fire within you that blew you up in the first place.
Book your trip: logistics tips and tricks
Book your flight
Find a cheap flight using Skyscanner or Momondo. These are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the world, so you always know that no stone is left behind.
Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com, as they always offer the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.
Don’t forget travel insurance
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