Perhaps you’ve spent a significant part of your work life nodding off at your cubicle while secretly longing to find a career you actually love. Maybe you were quite vocal about it, telling anyone you bumped into in the breakroom that you couldn’t wait to leave your current job for good. Or maybe it’s not that you’re necessarily unhappy with your current position, but have high hopes of making it to the top, and weren’t able to make the moves you needed to in order to get there. Whatever the case may be, you’re here now, and you’re looking for a change. In fact, you’re looking for a change in career that’s so seamless, it doesn’t even feel like work.

Well, look no more! Here are a few tips to help you find and live out the career that you’ve always dreamed of!

Identify your passion

Typically, your passion is something that you love so much, you would do it for free. Your passion doesn’t take a lot of effort, nor does it rob you of your energy. It is something that you can be so engaged in that you don’t even realize how many hours have passed. If you know what that “something” is, that is the direction in which you want to take your career! Whether you are a fashion designer, musician or a dog lover, own it, and figure out how you can make money doing it.

If you are unsure of what your passion is or how to even find it, think back to your childhood. Did you have any talents or hobbies that you let fall to the side as you grew older? Did you excel in any subjects at school, like math or english? Give yourself some time to dig deep into your memory bank to see if you can unveil your passion. If more than one thing comes to mind, that’s OK! That just means you have more avenues to explore until you find the right fit. Just know that once you’ve recognized your passion, you’re halfway to success!

Build it up

Now that you’ve identified your dream job, it’s time to get to work! It would be great if you could just uncover your passion, then dive straight into making an income from it, but unfortunately, that’s seldom how it works. This is the time for you to polish what you’re good at by incorporating it into your daily routine. If you want to make a career as a writer, then you need to write every day! It doesn’t matter if you write short stories, blogs or novels — all that matters is that you’re using your “writing muscle” daily. Think of it like exercise — the more you do it, the stronger you become. Do not make the mistake of thinking that because your passion comes to you freely, it doesn’t need to be practiced.

Put yourself out there

Now that you’ve done all the groundwork, it’s time to sell it! The only way to turn your passion into a career is to let people know about it! You can make people aware of what you do in various ways. If you are a musician, start playing in local talent expos or nightlife venues. If you are an artist, display your work in a local art gallery. Every time you encounter someone is an opportunity to express what you do — take advantage!

As you grow into doing what you love, be fearless! Don’t be afraid to tell others what you do. It’s your duty to share your talents with the world, because you never know how it can positively impact you and those around you.

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