Leaders: Don’t Put Off Your Passions


Passion is capable of inspiring greatness. Some of the most fulfilled people I know are those who have been able to take their passion and make a living from it.

So what are you doing with your passion?

Make Our Passion Your Profession

I have reaped clear benefits from turning my passion for painting into my profession. The results of which I likely would not have gained had I chosen to pursue my art only in my free time.

Because I decided to turn my love for painting into a career, my work is more innovative and personalized.

Since I don’t spend my days in a traditional work setting, I have more time and energy to devote to my painting. This has helped make me successful in terms of salary, reputation, and, most importantly, quality of life.

To make the most of your passion’s potential, it’s important not to wait too long to act on it.

Life is Short

It may sound like a cliché, but I cannot stress this enough:

If I hadn’t started early, I wouldn’t have been so successful.

Regardless of the interest, if you choose to turn your passion into a career, you need to develop your skills and acquire knowledge, and this is no overnight process.

In my case, to expand my work as an artist, I found it helpful to develop backgrounds in literature, philosophical thinking, various styles of art, and different creative techniques.

As far as skills go, practice makes perfect, but perfection takes time.

Get a head start while you can.

A Hobby or Career?

If making a living out of a hobby is so rewarding, it’s logical to ask why more people don’t do it.

It all depends on perspective and priorities.

It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to turn your passion into something that may not ultimately be successful, and not everyone is willing or able to take that risk. It can also take a large sum of money to get started, and financial resources may not be readily available to everyone.

The majority of people need to work for a living. In the short-term, it may be easier or more appealing to take a stable job that pays well, even if it isn’t related to your passion.

Once someone has such a job, he may not be left with enough time to develop skills relevant to his hobby, so his intentions of turning it into a career might be permanently shelved.

Making Your Hobby A Career May Not Be For You

It’s also important to remember that not everyone has the goal of turning their passion into a profession.

For some people, it’s important to keep a hobby just that: a hobby. There are stresses even when your job is something you truly enjoy. Many people prefer to keep their passion as an activity that relieves stress from their actual day-to-day career.

It also enables their hobby to remain enjoyable and fun – not a source of conflict and annoyance.

“Florence” By: Liang Tang

Don’t Live Your Life Regretting Your Path

The unfortunate thing is when someone does have a wish to turn his passion into something more, but allows his current job to smother any hopes of following his dream. While it’s true that constraints exist, there are ways to put an interest ahead of other aspects of life.

For me, having a good support system is crucial.

My wife has been fundamental to my career as an artist. My passion has grown under her unwavering support and love. Our mutual infatuation with art is what linked us together in the first place, and it has continued to motivate and inspire us throughout the years.

Keep an open mind, and you just may find the inspiration to navigate your passion into a career. It’s not always easy, and it’s not necessarily the surest path to take, but pursuing your passion as a career is ultimately fulfilling.

Life is short – fill your days with the things that make you happy.

Would it be possible for you to turn your passion into your career? If you already have a career that is your passion, are you encouraging others around you to do the same? What are your hobbies that give you peace at the end of the day? Are you living a life that is balancing your passion and your job? 

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Liang Tang is a vastly established artist and architect in China
His work won the 10th China Times Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award
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5 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on AmandaAAnthony and commented:
    Great perspective on choosing a career that makes you happy.

    • Thank you for the kind words. The more leaders that choose a career that brings them joy the happier our world will become.

  2. great article! my mentor once told me, the two greatest days of our lives are the day we were born and the day we figure out why……

    when we figure out our purpose, then find the intersection between purpose, passion and what we can make money at, it’s game on!!

    Lead on my friends, that is what society needs right now

    • Hi Nathan,

      Thank you for the comment. I agree, if everyone could find that intersection the world’s economy would improve and people would live more fulfilling lives.

      Thanks for the read!

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