Turning your passion into a career or business

My profession has led me to meet and talk with many talented people about their passions and their career aspirations. Some have transformed their passion into a new career or business, while others have decided not to follow their passion. 

Pursuing one’s passion is not for everyone: people’s situations and opportunities are different. However, if it is something you are considering, then your time as an Expat Accompanying Partner can be used to explore the possibilities that are out there, as well as their feasibility.

Exploring a new career

Following a passion is not necessarily about giving up the option of returning to a salaried employment, it can be about finding a new career. If you do a job you don’t really like, this can lead to negative effects such as frustration and stress. 

Ask yourself what gives you a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Explore potential occupations and identify their requirements. If you are lacking in certain skills, use your time as an Expat Accompanying Partner to acquire the necessary training or education.

Before turning a passion into a new career, start by asking yourself some questions:

Is this what I really want to do?
Do I find a sense of purpose in doing this?
Will I want to continue this in the long-term?
Do I have the necessary drive, energy and motivation to see it through?
Do I have the necessary skills to make it work?  

It is one thing to be passionate about something, but changing a career path merits prior reflection. One’s passion may quickly turn into a career disappointment and before long, you may feel frustrated and give up.

Exploring starting a business

If your choice is to start up your own business, you should be asking the above, as well as the following questions:

Is this business idea likely to work?
Do I have an entrepreneurial mindset?
Am I prepared to put in the hard work and long hours to launch and grow the business?
Is this the right timing?
Do I have the support of my family and friends?
Will I be able to make a living from the business?

Before launching a business, you need to write a business plan. The content of the business plan will depend on the business concept and whether you are seeking finance or not. In any case, it should cover the business concept, the market and finance.

Whether your choice is to pursue a new career or start a business, it is advisable to ask yourself the right questions and to have a realistic vision of where you want to go.

Before embarking on a new project, be honest with yourself and ask the advice of close friends and family. Do they see you being happy and motivated in this type of role or as an entrepreneur? To begin a new project, it is always good to have the feedback, support and encouragement of people who know you well.

Whatever choice you make, it will require, hard work, confidence, motivation and continued passion. In the long run, if you manage to turn what you love doing into your job or your business, you are more likely to be satisfied, happy and successful.

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support”

Sabrina Bryan

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