career passion
It’s rare to hear children say things like, “I want to be a middle manager when I grow up.” Usually, youngsters talk about being astronauts or journalists or teachers — careers that are easier to visualize and understand and (here’s the important part) get excited about. Somewhere along the way, many of us trade passion for security, but according to Chicago Tribute writer Curt Mercadante, it doesn’t have to be this way. Read on to get Mercadante’s “3 Tips to Turn Your Passion Into a Career.”

1. Release the Fear — As we get older, there’s a tendency to gravitate toward safety and security. This is understandable, since doing things like starting a family and owning a home are made easier by steady income. But as Mercadante writes, there’s no telling “what amazing things can happen” when you cast aside the fear of failure and follow your dreams. As he says, merely putting in the time and effort constitutes one form of success, and who knows, the money just might follow.

2. Differentiate Between Jobs and Careers — According to Mercadante, a “job” is something we do to pay the bills. A “career” is something we care deeply about and want to excel at. It fulfills us in ways beyond helping us pay the bills. If you’re earning good money, but you’re not totally sold on what you’re doing, as yourself whether it might be time for a change.

3. Try Doing What You Love — In the real world, very few people make a living doing what they love. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Just once, Mercadante advises, give it a shot. “Whether you fail or succeed, you know that you have at least tried,” he writes. “As the saying goes, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”