It looks like I will be hitting the books starting next week even harder than I already do.
After much deliberation I finally pulled the trigger and enrolled at an institute to become a Certified Appraiser of Antiques & Collectibles.
The next year or so of my life may be full of an intense amount of studying but I believe when you are passionate about something you should “jump in” head first. The quote by Oprah Winfrey [above] is definitely true and really struck a cord with me – we gain power and excitement from doing the things that we love.
I have been told that it takes a ton of time and effort to turn a passion into a profitable venture [or career] and quite possibly this is true.
I plan on turning my passion into an extra income earner in the future and with this is mind have a few tips to stay on track [these ring true if you also want to turn your passion into a career]:
- Set aside a certain amount of time per week to work towards/or on your passion: It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish whether it be writing blog posts or knitting sweaters – if you do not set aside the time, the tasks(s) won’t get done. Block time in your calendar [actually put it in your phone, computer, journal or whatever sticks by your side the most] or simply keep in mind when making plans for the week to keep a couple slots open for your “passion time”.
- Think about when you are most energetic and do your passion then: I personally know I get more accomplished in the evening hours so that’s when I work on my passion. Depending on your passion you may need a burst of creativity or extra spurt of energy. Really look at what your passion requires in terms of energy level and extras (ex. mood, skills etc.) and plan your passion around when these things are most prevalent.
- Remove distractions from your passion zone: If you have distractions in your household or wherever you do [partake in] your passion for a profit [or fun] make sure your eliminate them. You do not need to remove them all together only while you are working/diving into on your passion. Turn your phone off, ask grandma if she can watch Timmy or give the dog a bone. It is easy to give up or blame someone or something else for your non-productive day but really we are our own worse enemies when its comes to letting things get in the way.
Earning extra money while doing something you love isn’t impossible but it takes dedication. I will keep you posted on my adventure as I weave my way through it.
If you want to read more of my Tips of the Week be sure to check out:
- How To Examine Vinyl Records Before Buying
- What’s popping?
- Second Hand Clothing Shop (in Store) Like a Pro
- What to Call a Collector of Many Things
- Frank Lloyd Wright Timeless Colour & Mis-tints Tip of the Week
- There’s an app for that!