If you’re a creative individual, the decision to pursue your passion or get a stable job is a hard to choice to make. I say this because I’ve been there (and if I’m honest, I’m still facing that battle now).
On one side, you have this insatiable urge to follow your dreams and do what you love, while on the other, friends, family and even your inner self is telling you to get a job to pay the bills.
If you’re lucky enough, you won’t have to make a choice, as your passion will be good enough to make a living. However, for most creatives, your passion will be good, sometimes very good, but it won’t be quite developed enough to make enough money… Yet.
I went through something similar coming out of university – like most creatives. After trying to pursue poetry for a year, I realised that it would serve me better if I got a job that somehow incorporated my passion for writing. This is how I got into Digital Marketing. Even though it wasn’t writing poetry or short stories, it was still a field that allowed me to write (even though some of the content is extremely boring).
This year, I’ll have been in Digital Marketing for five years. Even though there have been a lot of times where I haven’t enjoyed the 9-5 grind, having a stable occasion has allowed me to pay the bills and have the funds to invest in my passion. However, what I’ve done won’t work for everyone. I know some creative people who’ve focused purely on their passion and made a career out of it. The point is, what works for some doesn’t always work for you.
When trying to settle the passion vs. stable job debate, it’s important to look at all the opportunities available to you and make an informed choice that’ll suit you; now and in the future. Here are some takeaways to help you.
Going with your passion:
- Work on your passion day in and day out to ensure your craft is the best it can be.
- Dedicate everything you have – when others are asleep, make sure you’re up working.
- Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing your passion and achieving your dreams.
Going with a stable job:
- Try and get a job that will allow you to work on your craft at work or give you the time and resources to chase your passion outside of the job.
- Don’t let work life swallow you – remember you’re working to fund your dreams.
- Try make connections and use the skills and experience from your job to develop your passion.
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P.S. No matter what you’re going through, remember #YouCanGetThroughThis.