Having a passion for something is way different than liking to do something in your spare time (hobby). Knowing the difference in the two can be the difference in understanding your WHY and also understanding why you may not be successful at chasing what you think is your dream. Let’s break down the difference between your passion and your hobby(s) and get you on the right track.
A hobby is an activity that you do regularly usually during your leisure time. These are things that you “like” to do. They can also be relaxing to your mind so you may do them as a way to escape the real world. A great example of a hobby is, liking to shop. You may love to shop for yourself in your leisure time but what if you had to do it for other people, for a living? Would you get the same pleasure out of it?
Now let’s get to know passion. Passion is something that you can’t control it’s like a burning desire to do something and the feeling won’t go away until you’ve fulfilled that burning desire. The definition of passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion. If your passion was shopping, you would have a desire to shop and would enjoy doing it all of the time even for other people and even if you weren’t getting paid to do it.
To make it even clearer, a hobby is something that you “like” to and passion is something that you have a “desire” to do.
Why is this important?
You may be asking yourself, why the elementary lesson on hobby vs. passion, right? Give me time, I’m taking you somewhere really important.
You see, I’ve noticed that there are several people wasting time and energy chasing hobbies and trying to make them into passions. The problem here is that the “like” for hobbies quickly fades when it becomes something that is no longer fun to do. So many people are trying to create businesses fueled by their “like” for a hobby and then they’re confused when it doesn’t work out. It’s because they’re trying to force a square peg into a round hole and it was never meant to fit.
I’ve also been guilty of this. I’ve had so many false starts I can’t name them all. I “like’ makeup so I tried my hand at being a makeup consultant and selling Avon, that was a fail. I got tired of chasing people to deliver their products and also spending all of the money I did make on personal products. Can we say FAIL.
What about that time I decided I was going to sell natural virgin human hair? Don’t get me wrong, I love hair just like the next chick; however, the fact that I regularly rock my naturally curly fro and know little to nothing about good weave didn’t set me up for success. Needless to say, that was a FAIL.
I remember this one time, I found this site where I could sign up to sell accessories with little to no start-up cost. I LOVE accessories but that love quickly faded when I realized that my dreams of being the accessory queen were going to take more than me creating a few Instagram post in order to make a sale. Epic FAIL.
The common denominator in all of my shots in the dark is that they were all things that just “liked” to do. I had no passion for any of them. I like makeup but I don’t see myself being the makeup artist of the year or creating a cosmetics line. I don’t know enough about bundles to be a weaveologist and clearly, the effort was not there for me to become the next accessory mogul.
If you’re not passionate about your dreams, they’re not your dreams. I know this to be 1000% true as you can see from my many failed attempts.If you’re not passionate about your dreams, they’re not your dreams.
When I decided to step out of my comfort zone and chase my dreams of helping others dreams come true 1 person at a time, I had no choice. There is this burning desire deep inside of me that forces me to think about business ALL OF THE TIME. It forces me to work when I’m really tired and just want to catch some beauty rest. It causes me to feel guilty when I’m not pushing myself hard enough or putting in more of my time to accomplish my goals. It gives me the push through that I need when times get tough. It helps me figure out how to juggle being a wife and mom all while working towards accomplishing my business goals. My passion keeps me up at night thinking about ways to improve my skills and services. I’m constantly thinking of ways to grow my business or thinking of how to create value for my clients. It gives me the motivation to keep working even when it feels like no one is noticing. This passion is something I can’t easily get rid of and it fuels me. It gives me the drive I need to keep going.
When you have a vision and a dream, it’s going to take more than a “like” to push you through the hard times. Don’t get caught up in how glamorous some of these chicks make it look on social media. Trust me, it’s not always glamorous, hell it’s not glamorous most of the time. Once the “like” wears off and you realize how much work it’s going to take for you to make your dream a reality, it’s going to take love and passion to push you to the next level. Think of it like a marriage, once the honey moon phase is over, that’s when the real work kicks in.
Be prepared for the reality of what it will take to accomplish your goals and make your dream your reality. Know that it’s going to take some strong push through muscles and perseverance to get you through the tough times. There will be times when you will think about walking away and throwing your hands up. Those are the times you will need your passion to make you go harder.
If you’re building your dreams off of “like”, let it go so that you can find that thing that you love. That thing that you would do even if no one paid you. That thing that burns deep in your belly and you can’t shake it. That is what you will need to successfully make your dreams a reality.
I hope that you’ve found your passion in life and if not, don’t worry, it will find you when the time is right.
Sincerely, Your friend in your head and real life too,
Life Strategist KG♥