You might remember that a few months ago I published a post titled “Seven Reasons Why Do What You Love Is Bad Career Advice.”
The post proved to be quite popular, garnering a fair number of shares on social media and comments on both my blog and other sites.
While not everyone agreed with the premise of the article, the majority of the comments were supportive.
Here’s the thing…there are certainly some people who will be able to make a living doing what they love. Unfortunately, that’s not the economic reality for the majority of people.
Many people have bills to pay and can’t afford to wait for years for their big break to come, meanwhile going further and further into debt. And never knowing if that big break will really come.
And yet, most people still want to do work that they enjoy, work that they feel passionate about.
So how can you balance the need to make a living and the desire to do what you love?
One option is to do what you love in your spare time. And then have a paying job that’s connected to what you love.
Here’s an example of how that might work.
5 Alternatives To Do What You Love
Let’s say what you love to do is paint. You continue to paint on the side as a hobby. Maybe you even sell a few paintings from time to time, but it’s not your primary source of income.
And then you do one of the following as your paying job.
Teach What You Love
This could take a lot of different forms. You might work as an art teacher in a high school. Or you might teach your own private art classes. Or you could put together an instructional course for how to paint that you sell on the internet.
Sell What You Love
Perhaps you could work in an art gallery, selling paintings to other people. Or you could start a career as an art broker, buying and selling paintings of other artists.
Fix What You Love
An option here might be to work in a museum, restoring historic paintings.
Promote What You Love
Perhaps you could work for a non-profit that promotes local artists by giving out grants. Or you might work for a local art festival, helping out with event planning. Or you could promote what you love by working as a fundraiser for an arts organization.
Educate Others About What You Love
You could work in a museum, putting together exhibits of famous painters. Or you could get a doctorate and teach art history at a university.
The ideas above aren’t exhaustive, they’re just meant to stimulate your thinking. And to help you recognize that the idea that you either do what you love for a living or you do something else entirely is a false one. There are alternatives to do what you love.
If you can’t make a living doing what you love, then find a job that’s connected to what you love. And keep pursuing what you love on the side.
And by the way, if you do that, you’ll build connections in your industry and those connections might just lead you to finding success doing what you love!
And now a question…besides teach, sell, fix, promote, and educate about what you love, what are other ways that someone can have a job that’s related to what they love? Post your ideas in the comments below!!!