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Why Your Passion is Not Enough When Changing Your Career

September 27th, 2011

In many of my previous articles I have written that in terms of identifying your ideal career, the area that holds your interest and passion is the first one to look at. While this is definitely true, looking for your dream career while following your passion only is not enough.

We live in the age of many reality shows, so I am sure you are familiar with at least a few of them. When you watch some of the participants (mainly taking part in singing or dancing competitions), their passion is so palpable, you want to hug them through your TV screen. And yet, most of them do not succeed. The reason for that is simple. While they might have the passion, they lack the talent.

You can apply this example to your own situation. You might have a great passion for a specific occupation but if you lack a gift for that particular area, it might be very difficult to succeed. I am not saying it is not possible but in all likelihood your efforts will deliver average results and (this is my own personal opinion) if you are taking this huge step towards changing your career, surely your intention is to excel?!

In order to excel, let´s look at the other part of the “successful career change” equation. What are you passionate about and really good at? If you look at it from this perspective, I am sure you will be able to come up with some great ideas! All of us are really good at something, be it a fantastic cupcake maker, a brilliant wine expert or an inventive home decorator.

The combination of your passion and your abilities is the best basis for identifying and consequently changing your career. Be open to any ideas and possibilities and remain open minded throughout the process. (By the way, did you hear about the teenage boy who had made millions online selling ebooks about skateboarding? He was passionate about skateboarding, could not find any good textbooks on the subject, so decided to write one himself. Who would have ever thought that this topic would be such a huge success?)

Once you have identified your strengths, start developing these even further; turn them into your “superpowers”, if you will. If you are good at writing, take yet another course and improve your skill (plus many of the writing courses these days teach you how to sell your work too). There are evening classes available on so many different subjects. Online information is basically at your fingertips, so develop a sound and solid plan to:

1.) Identify your strengths

2.) Improve them and turn them into your “superpowers”

3.) Infuse them with your passion for the subject / area of interest and off you go.
Congratulations.You have just become unstoppable.

  • Rachel

    I like your view of combining passion and abilities to the best for identifying and consequently changing your career.