If things have changed in your life and you are looking for a new direction forward, remember that you have many choices. You don’t have to stay on the same path that you were on before.
Life is all about making decisions. But those don’t have to be ones that you regret. A lot of people start by doing what they love and they stick with it through thick and thin.
The first step is to take stock of yourself and inventory what you care about and the things you love to do. This may take a while.
- What do you enjoy?
- Which passions do you have?
- What do you do for fun?
- What motivates you?
Take the time to write these things down on a list and keep adding to it on a regular basis. You will soon discover that there are a lot of things that you are passionate about.
The next stage is determining whether the passions and hobbies can help you in a career or lead you on the direction of paid employment. While some hobbies will always remain something that you do on the side, some of them can help you in a career or can become a vocation.
- Do you love to write? If so, you can make money as a writer.
- Is gardening easy for you? There are plenty of home and garden stores that want knowledgeable personnel who can offer assistance and who know what they are talking about.
- How about computers and technology? There is no shortage of work in this area.
- Are you good at talking and communicating? If so, customer service may be right for you.
Make sure you are honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses so you can get yourself on the path that helps you align your skills and abilities with a job or career.
Why is it important to use your talents as a way to make money? This is because a lot of people feel unhappy or unused when there is a mismatch between their abilities and the work that they do in a regular basis. Yes, they may be doing well and making money, but they know that they would rather be doing something else.
What are ways that you can make money by doing what you enjoy? Here are some additional suggestions.
- Tour guide. If you like to be around people and love to talk, then this job might be perfect for you. Try and think back to when you had a great your guide. I can remember one in particular and he had a great time in his role and all of us really liked him.
- Handyman. Are you good with tools and repairing things? Believe me, I am not so great at that. You are likely to discover that there is a high demand for someone who charges reasonable fees for repairs.
- Cook, baker or chef. If you love spending time in the kitchen and you know what you are doing, then you should have no trouble at all finding work in this field. You might also consider a side business of baking desserts.
These are just some ideas for you on your path in life. If you have found that your circumstances have changed and you need a new career, try and take a moment to review your interests and skills. You may discover that you would like to pursue your favorite hobby into a new career.