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How Knowledge Gained From a Hobby Can Land You a Job

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: February 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

Find something you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it! This sentiment has been echoed so many times on television, in movies, and throughout our lives. Most people never believe it. They brush it off thinking the only way to make a living and pay the bills is to go through the daily grind at their current jobs. When people live their lives according to this philosophy, they miss out on the fulfillment that true job satisfaction brings to their lives. We all need a reason to get up in the morning and heading off to a job you love is one of the keys to happiness and success in the workplace.

A Hobby May Be the Door to Your Career Success

Another one of the keys to happiness in your life is passion. The Merriam Webster dictionary describes passion as “a strong liking and devotion to some activity, object, or concept”. As you can clearly see, passion comes in all forms—business, pets, hobbies, cars, books, music, television, crafts etc. It is an innate desire that we all have to tap into because it is one of the driving forces in our lives. Passion is also one of the key elements to being successful from a career perspective. If you don’t have passion for your work or career, you won’t be as successful as you could be. It seems logical that one of the secrets to success is merging your career with your passion.

Do What You Love and Get Paid for It

In this economy, people are turning to their hobbies to generate additional income. Maybe you are a novice jewelry designer that will sell your pieces at local craft shows. During the craft shows, you could network with customers that may be scouting new talent for high end jewelry designers like Tiffany or more mainstream places like Lia Sophia. Maybe you are a car enthusiast that will open a car wash/detail shop on the weekends. Before you know it, you could land big accounts with local dealerships to wash/detail their fleets of cars. Maybe you are someone that loves to travel. You could parlay your love of globe trotting by launching a travel agency. Or you might write articles about the locales you visited and sell them to travel magazines.

We all have passion for a hobby. Now is the time to take advantage of this knowledge and make it work for you from a financial perspective. While pursuing your passion for hobbies, you can help generate additional income from clients that are in need of your services or products. Once you find something you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it, your job satisfaction will rise. It will allow you the opportunity to network with professionals or customers in the field that could propel your career in a whole new direction. And the best part is that you will be successful because you have the passion to succeed at something you love.


Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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