Finding your career calling
If you were to make a hobby you’re passionate about a key ingredient of your career and work life, would it still remain something that you enjoyed? Would the activity you find such joy in become drudgery if it were to be that which you must do to earn a living? Or would you enjoy it even more because you were now paid for it?
These are questions that many of us wrestle with. We could make videos teaching others how to successfully partake in the activities that we are so passionate about, or teaching others the intricacies of the subject we love so much. We could create a course to accomplish the same goals.
Of course, you would have to attract a following for the whole endeavour to even be worth your time. This following would have to be significantly large enough, and the members/fans loyal enough that they would be willing to spend money for the digital products you created or are actively promoting (if they are products created by others).
Now how would you go about attracting such a loyal following? By giving away some of your best information, and engaging with others on social media. Unfortunately, social media can be a real time-suck.
Another option that may be of greater value is to give potential fans an abundance of valuable content. This is advice that has been spoken of incessantly, but this is the case because of its truth.
Now, what if you do everything right and you do not attract a sufficient following? What do you do in this case? It could happen, though the likelihood is very slim as long as the best prescriptions for success are adhered to.
Nonetheless, complete career success may still elude you, maybe just because of dumb luck. What do you do then? Do you give up? Return to your old job? Go to live in your mothers basement again? Or do you make a decision to never give up on your dream, no matter how much metaphorical blood you need to sweat?
Ultimately, whether the cost of your dream is worth it is up to you. Are you willing to pay the price? Only you can answer that question.