Passion or Career? Do You Really Have to Choose?

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honour your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Whenever you hear about people who have become successful in their careers because they pursued their passion, do you wish you could be like them? Then what’s stopping you? If it’s just because you aren’t sure if your passion can give you a stable job, then think twice. Here are some common passions and ideas on how they can become a career.

1. Fitness Buff

Do you…

…sit at your desk in your 8-5 job do you wish that you were working up a sweat at the gym instead of just staying idle in your chair for several hours a day?

…want to motivate your co-workers and more people to take better care of their health and to become fitter?

…think new exercise routines and techniques are more exciting than paperwork and desk jobs?

Then the career for you is…

…a professional trainer.

How to pursue this career:

– equip yourself with the skills and knowledge of teaching proper fitness by enrolling in personal training courses at a reputable institution in Phuket or your locality. Having the training and certifications can deepen your knowledge and boost your credentials.

– be updated on the latest techniques and practices in fitness training, diet and nutrition, and health technology. There are so many exercise and eating trends today so you need to be flexible to cater to different clients.

– learn how to manage and motivate different personality types. Remember that you are working with people who require various levels of patience, have different health or fitness issues and goals, and need to be motivated uniquely.

2. Ocean Lover

Do you…

…wish to explore the flora and fauna under the sea and have a deep respect for all creatures living under or around the water?

…experience a sense of peace and joy when you are in the ocean?

…feel saddened or worried when you hear stories of oil spills, unexplained washing up of sea animals on shores, and the growing concern for global warming and pollution?

Then the career for you is…

…an ocean conservationist.

How to pursue this career:

  • learn how to dive. If you want to explore the depths of the sea and meet the creatures of the ocean up close and personal then you’re going to have to put on your scuba gear.
  • get a degree in marine biology. But if you don’t have the resources then sign up for short training courses. Volunteer for oil spill and beach clean ups, become a member of conservation groups, or apply for a non-government organisation that specialises in saving the seas.

3. Sports Fan

Do you…

…dream of working with professional athletes?

…spend your free time watching games of your favourite sports star or team, analyse plays and make predictions about the wins and losses?

…closely follow the progress of players and teams in your favourite sport?

…have the competitiveness and determination of an athlete?

…work hard to be healthy and fit by exercising like a professional player and by engaging in your fave sport?

Then the career for you is…

…a sports coach or team manager.

How to pursue this career:

  • organise local sports groups and join competitions in your community. Even if they aren’t professional teams and you most likely won’t earn anything as the coach, you will gain experience and credibility especially if your players win games.
  • ask schools in your locality if they are in need of a coach or team manager and apply for the position.
  • sign up for Brisbane personal training courses so you have the knowledge and skills to mentor and plan programmes for athletes. Sports players need to maintain optimum health and fitness and it will be your job to make sure they stay on track.

Does your passion fit into any of these career options? If it doesn’t, then continue looking for a job that will allow you to do what you love and earn at the same time. The point here is with good planning and determination, you can honour your calling and still be successful. Do what you love and love what you do.