Many people take jobs they dislike and convince themselves they are only temporary. Before they know it, years have passed and they’re stuck in a rut. Sitting in a dead-end job you hate is not only unhealthy but unnecessary.

It may be nerve-wracking to decide to leave your job and turn your passion into a career but if you go about it in a smart, logical manner, you can be successful. It may require some sacrifices, especially in the beginning, but it will be worth it.

Don’t count on passion alone

What do you do that makes you happy? Is it fiddling about with new technology, drawing, making music or cooking? People will only be willing to pay for your services if you are really good at what you do.

It is time to start honing your skills. For example, if you love cooking, invest in some cooking classes. If you’re interested in health and wellness, think about attending a massage therapy school. You can find a list of the top massage therapy schools in the U.S. at CareersWiki.

Enthusiasm is great but it is not enough to sustain a business over the long term. Do a reality check and find out whether you are really willing to put in the hard work and whether there is a market for your products and services.

Know about current demand and competition

If you’re going to invest in a business, you need to know that enough people will be interested in your goods or services. Going into a career with low demand is risky.

Find out about your competition – the number of competitors shouldn’t deter you if you’re confident in your skills. However, for your business idea to be sustainable, it has to solve a problem for a customer in a better or different way than your competitors.

Plan how to introduce your product or services 

Businesses often fail due to a lack of planning. Just because you’re passionate doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about issues such as ordering inventory, paying bills, keeping the books, marketing and selling. You need a business plan to accomplish these tasks.

If you want to start an online store, you may be able to begin while maintaining your current job. It gives you a safety net and a stable income while you set about fulfilling your dream. From setting up your own website to cultivating a presence on social media, you need to stick to a plan.

Develop and maintain solid connections

Think about how to reach out to the people who need your products or services. There are numerous ways to expand your network and attract like-minded people.

If you’re passionate about blogging, for example, ask friends and followers to share your posts. In this way, you can build an audience. Once an audience finds value in what you have to share, you can start promoting your products and services.

Learn from your mistakes

When you’re pursuing your passion, you’re likely to go through a time of adjustment. Following it blindly could very easily make you less successful. You will make mistakes and you need to learn from them. It’s better to risk making mistakes than to stay in a job you hate. You can’t just stay stuck in a rut because you’ll have the least resistance.

You have to keep exploring if you want to grow and change. It may be hard to gain momentum at first but success can be yours if you’re prepared to hone your skills, assess your market and competition, plan properly, develop the right connections and learn from your mistakes. 


  • Bonnie is a Certified Life Coach. She received a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago. She works to identify imbalances and deficiencies and create individualized therapies to improve overall health and wellness.