How to turn a hobby or interest into a career?

“If I have a passion I can achieve, it’s probably less a passion and something more akin to a hobby, for any real passion must bigger than my ability to achieve it.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Interest, is it possible to become a career?

Once upon a time, one of my friend called Frendy is hooked on PS, and when he was free from work, he turned on the computer and pondered for himself. Now, in addition to simple keying to change the background, and difficult picture processing, it was a cinch for him.

So, friends all ridiculed: “Your technology is so mature now, just change your career to do art!” Frendy replied solemnly: “Although I am very interested in PS, I am not sure I will like it once I do such a job, and I am not sure how well I can do in the work I am interested in…”

In the profession, many people talk about their interests. Some people say, “Interest is the best teacher, so you have to do what you are interested in.” Some people say, “Interest can never become a profession, it can only be an amateur.” Others said: “I am interested in a lot of things, I like history, psychology, photography, … in addition to my work.” ……

So, can interests and occupations only be taken one? The answer is no. In fact, using your interests as a career can maximize your potential and motivation. If it is said that using interest as a profession will destroy interest, it can only mean that it is not a real interest, but a short-term obsession.

If you like to drink, you can study carefully and strive to become a professional taster;

If you like to tell stories, then try to work hard on the road to becoming a screenwriter;

If you like sushi,then play the spirit of the craftsman and become the god of sushi.

If you like to drink, you can study carefully and strive to become a professional taster;

If you like to tell stories, then try to work hard on the road to becoming a screenwriter;

If you like sushi,then play the spirit of the craftsman and become the god of sushi.

Jiro Ono, born in 1925, is the world’s oldest Michelin three-star sushi chef, and his status in Japan is also quite noble. Throughout his life, he has been making sushi for more than 56 years, so his spirit and skills in sushi are also the first in the world.

Jiro Ono once said, “Once you decide on your occupation…you must immerse yourself in your work.You have to fall in love with your work.Never complain about your job.You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.That’s the secret of success…and is the key to being regarded honorably.” Such a dedicated, strict, and pursuit of excellence has made a generation of masters.

It can be seen that with your enthusiasm and professional craftsman spirit, interests and hobbies can achieve a career.

Why once you turn your interest into a career, you don’t have interest?

Many people have the urge to develop their interests into careers, but they just stay on impulse, and in the end, they did not make such a choice, just like Frendy. What’s the reason?

Summarized the following four reasons:

“People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
― Steve Maraboli

Anxiety due to not meeting the competency requirements

Because most people don’t have many requirements for their interests and hobbies, but after becoming a profession, people’s requirements for this matter will increase. For example, if you like to host, it doesn’t matter if you forget your words on the live broadcast on Yingke, and if you become the anchor of the news network, you will feel powerless and incompetent, and then it is easy to be anxious.

In order to meet the requirements of competency, frustration in the process of raising the level

After anxiety, people began to strive to improve their abilities and strengthen their professional skills. However, it is the same in any field. The closer you are to the top level, the more efforts are required, and the effect of improvement is less obvious. This trend is easy to cause frustration and negative emotions.

After upgrading the level,the return obtained by paying is not up to expectations and the loss is generated

When we experience frustration, we may get better and get a certain income as a result. But people always have a psychological expectation of earnings. If the income brought is less than their own expectations, they will think that they have made their interests and hobbies a career choice and paid a lot, while other people who have a common hobby with themselves have not chosen this career but have earned much more than themselves. In the long run, it is easy to retreat.

Do not want to lose yourself for professional literacy, resulting in depression

Once you put your interests on the path of professionalism, you will be dominated by more other factors, thus losing your autonomy for this interest. Akira Toriyama, the author of “Dragon Ball”, when he drew the section “Defeating the Great Devil”, he felt that the story could end here, but the editor Torishima Kazuhiko came to the door and said that the reader liked it, and it was not allowed to end. Akira Toriyama said that Sun Wukong is already the strongest on earth, how to draw again? Torishima Kazuhiko said: Let him be the strongest in the universe.

In the end, many people said that Dragon Ball’s worldview was inconsistent, and that the Buou war after Shalu was a dog’s tail. But Akira Toriyama himself was helpless, but there was nothing he could do.

If you want to turn your interest into a career, you must overcome the negative emotions brought about by the above four situations.

Below, let’s talk with everyone about how to turn your interest into a career that can make a living.

“If you create and market a product or service through a business that is in alignment with your personality, capitalizes on your history, incorporates your experiences, harnesses your talents, optimizes your strengths, complements your weaknesses, honors your life’s purpose, and moves you towards the conquest of your own fears, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that anyone in this or any other universe can offer the same value that you do!”

By Walt F.J. Goodridge

Find what you really like

To turn your interest into a career, the first thing to do of course is to find what you really like. So, in the end, how can you really like it?

To lose weight, run fitness and practice yoga every day, is this really a favourite thing? Does not count. Because these things have a certain utilitarianism-in order to be thin, it is difficult to stick to it.

And what you really like should be the kind of thing you can’t help but want to do, spending time, energy, money, and thinking about it, and enjoying it. There is a saying in “Slam Dunk Master”: “It is very happy to play basketball, but victory can increase the happiness a hundred times.” When paying attention to the latter sentence, “victory increases happiness”, don’t forget to look at the previous sentence-back to the beginning, whether there is a victory or not, playing basketball itself can make you happy.

When you find your point of interest, you can make unremitting efforts in this direction, thereby cultivating professional nirvana that can support your survival.

If you want to cultivate nirvana, you must clarify your talents and interests, and then invest a lot of time at the intersection of hobbies and strengths. Not everyone succeeds by the same method. Not everything requires a high degree of talent, but it is undeniable that the combination of talent and interest will make our persistence easier and easier to get results.

So, how can we find what we really like?

American writer Stephen P.Robbins put forward five steps for a rational decision-making in the book “Decision Making”. I selected three of the more practical steps, hoping to help everyone clarify their talents and interests:

Determine the only clear goal

For example, you want to be a translator, or a teacher … too many options will greatly consume our self-control and miss opportunities in hesitation repeatedly. Therefore, a clear goal can prevent getting lost in the jungle of choice.


For example, when someone, who has been with you for many years, cheated again before marriage, you can’t let go of the feelings you have invested for many years and break up with someone. This falls into the trap of the sunk cost paradox. Like this psychology, it is easy for us to go further and further on the wrong path, and blindly adhere to what we neither like nor are good at. In fact, it is wise to stop loss in time.

Control the impact of emotions

Sometimes, we feel anxious because of the pressure of our peers; or we feel irritated because of the urging of our families. This kind of positive or negative emotions will have a great impact on the quality of our decision-making. At this point, what you must do is calm yourself down, distinguish the emotions from the facts, and then analyse them. Think back to your only long-term goal, and maybe you can make a few regretful decisions less.

How to make your interests provide value to others?

As mentioned in the topic of “turning interests into careers”, to make our interests provide value to others, don’t revel in the world of self: how beautiful my interests are, how great my dreams are, and how noble my feelings are … but think about it in turn, what can I do for others, this is the core of interest becoming a means of earning a living.

For example, if you like makeup, you are beautiful, and no one will pay for you, but if you teach others how to become beautiful and how to make up, someone will be willing to pay.

In other words, to turn your interest into a job, you can’t just consume it. You must create, share, and spread it. You must share the experience and skills you have invested time, energy, and money in your interests with your peers and provide them with value.

Many times, the reason why we say we don’t know what our interests are is because we don’t want to admit our interests. Because of some interests, it may not be recognized by society and culture, for example, watching plays, chasing stars, chatting gossip, playing games…but if you like it enough, there is a possibility of becoming a job.

If you want to turn your interest in Korean dramas into a job, you can’t just stay at the level of watching Korean dramas all day long. For example, Miss C, a drama madman, began to write drama reviews to express her concern about the drama, and then tried to write scripts, and finally went to the film and television company to make TV series. At this time, she no longer just followed the plot to cry and laugh at the audience but became the person who created the plot and guided others ‘ emotional ups and downs.

If you like to track star gossip, but just browse and forward such pastime behaviour, you will never make a breakthrough, but if you can open a gossip account, collect, organize, and share gossip information, keep up with hot spots, and research accurately, you will become a creator from a consumer, and creation is much more valuable than consumption.

Similarly, liking games can also become a job. If you just play well on your own, it is of no value to others, but if you can write game raiders, teach others how to play better, and even learn to develop games, things will be different.

One of the keys to turning your interest into a job is that you have to be not afraid to let others know who you are and what you really like.

Of course, after discovering your true self, you can also provide value to others, and you are one step closer to success.

Seize the opportunity

“In case you never get a second chance: don’t be afraid!” “And what if you do get a second chance?” “You take it!”
― C. JoyBell C.

In this day and age, it seems that it takes a little bit to do anything, especially to turn your interest into a career.

I have heard such a story:

There was a girl who was particularly talented in planning. Her freshman year, she became the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She participated in the planning of the college’s orientation party, graduate party, and other large and small activities. In his sophomore year, he began to start an operation planning company with senior seniors. Although this made her an alternative in medical colleges, she always knew what she was going to do.

However, after graduation, she has lost the fierceness of being a newborn calf and not afraid of tigers and has become less confident after seeing more. Once, a company was recruiting talents in this area of market planning. The girl is in a dilemma. She likes the content of planning this post, but she is afraid of being rejected.

After hesitating and struggling all night, she finally decided to challenge her the next day. As a result, the same night that the resume was submitted, the headquarters replied to her. The other party asked her a few questions on the phone, and she answered very appropriately. Although she has not yet received a clear answer, the other party has the intention of throwing an olive branch to her.

If you hesitate anymore, the opportunity will pass. It can be said that hard work will not necessarily succeed, but hesitation and retreat will not succeed. Wang Anshi once said: “The magnificent, weird, and extraordinary view of the world often lies in peril, and people are rare, so people who have no ambitions can’t come.” You can’t see the scenery you want without firm determination.

Admittedly, opportunities are indeed very important, the so-called “plan things in people, do things in heaven”. But opportunities are often accidental and uncontrollable. To seize the opportunity, we need to be fully prepared, for example, to lay a solid foundation and reserve knowledge, etc., and these are precisely what we can control.

The fool misses the opportunity, the wise seize the opportunity, the successful create the opportunity, and the opportunity is only given to those who are prepared. So, how do we be a prepared person? This is what we are going to say next-to enhance strength and enhance professional skills.

Improve professional skills,from amateur enthusiasts to professionals

I believes that if you want to change from amateur to professional, you should complete at least the following 4 steps:

Learn to improve yourself step by step

“Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is attainable only after great suffering.”
― Santosh Kalwar ― 

Peter Drucker’s Theory of Management, put forward a Smart goal management principle, where the letter A represents “Attainable, that is, the achievability of the goal. For example, the interest in sales makes you an employee in the insurance industry, and your goal is to earn 1 million in a year! Then you must settle an account:

According to the commission ratio, a commission of 1 million will probably have to do 3 million performances. Then it will cost 250,000 a month, and MYR 8,300 a day. In other words, to complete the performance of MYR 8,300, it takes about 50 people to visit every day, and on average, a customer must talk for at least 20 minutes, and 50 customers need more than 16 hours, which is not counting the road time. Can you do it?

Therefore, the goal cannot be imagined out of thin air, but needs to be set by a plan that can be achieved. In other words, you can’t think about things from 100 to 1000 at the stage of going from 0 to 1.

Enough focus

“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Focus on your character, not your reputation.
Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Concentration is to gather all your time, mind, physical strength, wisdom, and thoughts on one thing day after day, year after year, and persevere. This is also what the law of specialization wants to tell us: only if you are specialized in a field can you develop. So, no matter what industry you do, you must aim at being the top of the industry. Only when you can specialize will you grow up to be outstanding.

Malie Kondo, a famous finishing consultant in Japan, began reading housewives’ magazines from kindergarten to the third grade of junior high school. When she was 19 years old, she set up her own consulting company to provide finishing solutions for customers who need to organize their office and living environments. In 2010, Malie Kondo wrote a book about her experience in tidying up her room. Once published, it was translated into many languages and became popular all over the world.

Just because she does housework, she is sought after by the world. It is because Kondo specializes in storage that she has done an ordinary but necessary thing to the extreme, solving the problems of housewives around the world.

Repeated and productive efforts

“Becoming an influential personality at work is much more important than becoming a hardworking person!”
― Abhishek Ratna

They all say that everyone is equal in front of the work face, but the one who eventually succeeds will never have to work hard behind them. Take actress Sun Li,her several hit dramas “Zhen Huan Biography”, “Hot Mom Biography”, and “Mi Yue Biography” all made her a hot topic for the audience. The key factor lies in her hard-working attitude to life:

When “Zhen Huan Chuan” hit the air, director Zheng Xiaolong once said: “In the filming process of “Zhen Huan Chuan” for more than 4 months, she never had a complete meal with Sun Li. Everyone ate together. She always left halfway through eating and went back to recite her lines.”

When filming “Hot Mom Biography”, Sun Li said in an interview that she really spent three years studying the script, lines, and performance of the play.

When it came to “Mi Yue Biography”, members of her family revealed on Weibo that Sun Li was frantically memorizing her lines and the news of the play at home before filming.

There is a famous “repetition law” that also reveals this truth: any behaviour and thinking, if you continue to repeat, it will continue to strengthen, and finally enter a person’s subconscious, and become a fact, the so-called practice makes perfect. The military parade on September 3 last year was a good example. It is said that the troops participating in the exercise started training for 10 hours a day as early as January, and finally achieved the wonderful performance of the military parade troops.

Seeing this, should I review it well? The “I have worked hard” that I often talk about may be just a flash, or is it just a verbal expression, just a flash in my heart, turning around but throwing it away again?


A lot of things to play amateur, we will find it very interesting, but when we think of it as a profession, we will feel that we can’t do it anymore. Because for interests and hobbies, people usually only spend 20% of their energy, they can achieve 60% of their achievements, and it is easy to obtain satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment; but if they develop their interests into careers, they may have to spend 120% of their energy to achieve 80% of their achievements at the professional level.

Therefore, to turn our interest into a career, we need to make up our minds to do the following steps:

Do these four points, basically, you can turn your interest into a career.

“My goals may seem impossibly far-fetched when really they’re not.

Break them down into steps and see how I accomplish great things.

I can easily reach from A to B.

I can manage from B to C.

I can then make it from C to D.

And so eventually, I will find my way from A to Z.”

By Richelle E. Goodrich

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