Turning Your Dream Into Reality: The Job (Part 3)

September 1, 2011 in Turning Your Dream Into Reality

Gorgeous print by TheLoveShop

You can re-read Parts One and Two of Turning Your Dream Into Reality: The Job to refresh your memory if you like.


A lovely friend of mine (hi Stace!) asked an interesting question on her Facebook page the other day, which directly links in with the content I’m putting together for my eBook.

What if you take the risk, set up your own business and then six months down the track, you begin to hate it just as much as your old job? What if you destroy the love of your creative passion?

I think the answer to this dilemma is to really think about what you want out of a job. I am constantly needing to test different avenues, get my hands dirty creating new projects and add skills to my bag of tricks. I realise that if I become good at something, I can’t just continue down that path as it leads me to boredom and complacency.

What is it that you love about your creative dream? Is it a single design element or performing? Consider this question before you decide what you are going to do with your talents and knowledge to earn an income. You are taking this leap for a reason and it’s not to sap all the enjoyment out of a hobby.

There will always be areas of a job/business that aren’t as fun (we can’t always be painting murals and baking brownies), but it’s your decision to maximise the elements that fulfil you and to minimise those that don’t.

Recently I have become a little tired of my late night gigs – the travel, the lack of sleep, the havoc that it wreaks on my voice; but I love to perform. Instead of performing every week, I am cutting it down to 2-3 per month and starting to explore avenues where I could perform on my terms. Writing a cabaret show or doing acoustic sets on Sunday afternoons in a cafe close to home would make Kim a much happier singer.

Really focus on why it is you are wanting to follow this dream and don’t let it become a chore. Map out everything you will need to be involved in and highlight anything that could begin to sap out enjoyment.

Down the track perhaps you could outsource these tasks? There are a number of “personal assistants” out there that you can hire for a few hours a week to cross off a few menial jobs off your growing to do list. Hate accounting (me too), get an accountant. Dislike teaching children? Don’t do it, focus on adult clients.

Don’t compromise just to make money, focus on why you are making this transition in the first place.