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8 Signs Of People Succeeding In Turning Their Hobbies Into Jobs

8 Signs Of People Succeeding In Turning Their Hobbies Into Jobs

Kim Lavine was making microwavable heating pillows as presents for her kids’ grade school teachers in 2001, putting them together at her kitchen table in Grand Haven, MI, with a corn kernel filling. But when her husband was laid off, she felt prompted to consider turning her pastime into a hopefully steady income source.

She advanced from selling pillows out of an old truck to setting up kiosks in malls and then incorporating her company, which she named Green Daisy, in 2002. Within two short years, Lavine’s Wuvit pillow brand was in national retail chains, such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bed Bath & Beyond, and four years later, in 2006, it had generated over $1 million in sales.

Who says you can’t turn what you love doing into a paycheck – and more than just a paycheck? What’s your dream hobby? Do you collect stamps, write poetry, or whittle bird calls? Whatever you do in your spare time, away from work, can become a steady source of income and a dream career!

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Here’s a few examples of what people have done to successfully turn a hobby into a greenback (or two):

1. They put their dream career in writing

Make it a positive statement. Such as “I will sell my wooden bird calls at flea markets and farmer’s markets every weekend from now on.” A written goal becomes a reality. An unwritten goal stays a dream.

2. They turn a vice into a business if they don’t have a hobby

Terry Finley liked betting the horses. Some people think that’s a weakness, but Terry was good at it and never jeopardized his work salary. He bought his own racehorse in 1991, and soon parlayed that into a stable of thoroughbreds. Today he’s worth over $6.5 million.

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3. They pursue it, and do it – to the max!

Half-hearted won’t get you loved, paid, noticed, or happy. Uber poet Maya Angelou says:

“Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

4. They don’t think ‘job’; they think ‘fun’

Whatever you can think of that appeals to you, you can find a way to do it and get paid. Even lying in bed all day. 

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5. They use their green thumb to hitchhike to their own successful business

Craig Jenkins-Sutton liked messing with garden stuff. He was working for a lawn service when he decided to put a small ad in the paper offering his own services. He now has his own thriving garden design business.

6. They work at home sweet home

A surprising amount of people dream of working from home. No commute. Work in your bathrobe. What’s not to like? You can do customer service or sales. Or even a healthcare job, 10 different types of which you can find at Anna Maria College. If that’s your dream, go for it – and use a website like Rat Race Rebellion to find dozens of long-term legitimate at-home jobs.

7. They look beyond their ‘dreams’

Megan Duckett dreamed of a Hollywood career. She was thrilled when she got a job as secretary to an event planner. But she started making more money in her spare time by sewing costumes and other clothing props. She didn’t abandon her dream; she saw the bigger opportunity and went for it. Today her sewing company gives her a fantastic 7-figure income.

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8. They take it one step at a time and still reach their dream career

Forbes staff writer Jacquelyn Smith suggests that you can keep your daytime job and still pursue your hobby passion simply by teaching it in your spare time. People want to know about woodworking, playing an instrument or writing haiku. Take on some pupils and see how it goes; it may just be a satisfying part-time money-maker, or it may lead you to bigger and better things like full-time entrepreneurship!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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