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This is a discussion on Turning a hobby into a career within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; You need a lot of willpower, and you need to be able to take criticism well. Your hobby is no ...

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    You need a lot of willpower, and you need to be able to take criticism well. Your hobby is no longer something you do only when you want to unwind and relax. It's a business now. Do it or die. Because it's a job, people will give their critiques and you will need to separate yourself from those words and not take them personally.

    You will need to be able to handle stress from something that once destressed you. It's a change of mindset, but an important one to make. If you're not passionate about your hobby, and only go in half-heartedly, it will be extremely tough to turn it into a long-term career. It has to be a passion and you have to apply dedication.

    You will need to find another hobby to unwind from your job hobby, preferably in a different realm. Like if your job hobby is artistic, do something physical to let off steam. This is critical. I wish someone had told me this before I started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterFox View Post
    I heard some people saying that this isn't a wise idea because we might end up losing interest in our hobbies if we turn our hobbies into a career.

    Do you agree with what they said? What is your opinion on this?
    I used to enjoy working on computers as a hobby and turned it into a full time job. I've been doing that for the last 20 years, although these days most of my day is spent on coaching others rather than doing it myself. I still enjoy figuring out problems, but I will say I ended up finding other hobbies after hours as once you do something 40-80 hours a week for a number of years it loses some of the thrill.

    No matter what job you do, the theory that it'll just be play all day if you really like it is a bit misleading. There are things with any job that you won't enjoy, things that you just have to do in order to get paid like paperwork, billing, taxes, etc. Just takes some discipline though, and if you enjoy a number of things about your job then feel blessed, you took a good route even if you hate some things.

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    My guess is that it probably depends on the type of hobby and viability of it in the workforce. For me, it would be nice to turn my love for writing into a viable career...though I don't see that happening realistically

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