Lifehacker offers this short but sweet post on how to turn your hobby into a career. I think we make things more complex than they have to be sometimes. If you read books or articles about people who have done this, they often share the same basic steps – they created a plan, then worked the plan.
Evelyn writes this thoughtful post about responding to ones’s calling, called so What Now: Responding to Your Calling.
"I believe it’s a natural tendency to believe what comes naturally to us is a simple skill that everyone else possesses in droves too. The less we struggled to acquire said skill the more we assume it’s so ubiquitous that it’s not marketable (a.k.a. nice hobby). The less we struggled to acquire said skill the more we assume it’s as ubiquitous as air, for instance."
Further, Evelyn says,
"There are so many ways to evade our calling it’s not funny. Yet we’re like iron filings to a magnet. We can’t resist…forever."
I have always wondered how many people know what their calling is. Do you know? It might be easier to notice what someone’s calling is and share that with him or her than to figure it out for ourselves. Many of us don’t have the hobbies that could fuel our passions because we have set up our lives to be too busy.
Should we be helping each other out? Does anyone know of a good way to determine one’s calling? Is a calling something we naturally do well or something we love and are drawn to? It might be both, but does it need to be both?
I have always been drawn to writing, but I was not good at it in school. My writing has developed over the last five years and I still have a long way to go. I am very drawn to quantum physics, but I stink at math. Then there are things that come easily to me – facilitation, coaching, training, OD, speaking. And then there are things that I am passionate about – New Mexico, fountain pens, cowboy boots, sunsets, convertibles, motorcycles, scenic hikes, lavender, chile peppers, dogs, my cats, my important relationships, full music. How does this fit into the mix – does it? What, if any of this, is my calling?
Is it a calling when it can benefit the world? Do we have just one calling or can many of our interests become a calling?
In a recent post on 1800CEOREAD, Todd offered this juicy bit from Tom Peters called Make it Real…N-O-W.
Do It …NOW….There is no room for procrastination/dawdling in the pursuit of big "dreams".
Some people take a lifetime to figure out their calling. Some never do. Doing cool stuff now. That has great appeal. Perhaps it is not about determining the calling, but about actualizing a calling. Perhaps it is about taking a look at the things you are drawn to, things that naturally come easy to you, and things you love, and determining which is most actionable? Then acting.