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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!

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Last Updated on November 5, 2018

8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

We’ve all got our enemies; people who take pleasure in causing us pain and misery. Sometimes, the development of an enemy is due to certain differences in your characters and events have led to that. Other times, some people end up hating you for apparently no reason at all.

Regardless of how you got this enemy, as opposed to the paradigm of fighting fire with fire, consider the following reasons and see why you should actually appreciate your enemies. This article will show you not only how to not be bothered by your enemies, but how to actually foster love for them.

Read on to learn the secret.

1. It’s a practical lesson in anger management

To be honest, your enemies are the best people to help you understand your sense of anger management. When it might be true that your enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in you as regards anger, it is also true that they can help you in your quest to have that anger managed. You can’t get truly angry at someone you love and it is only in that time when you get truly annoyed that you learn how to manage it.

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Anger management is more effective when it is in practice and not in theory

Your enemies are like the therapists who you need, but actually don’t want. Inasmuch as you might want to hate them, they provide you an opportunity to control the anger impulse that you have.

2. It’s an opportunity for healthy competition

You might not know it, but your enemies make for great rivals as they help harness the competitor in you (sometimes, you might not even know or bee conversant with this competitive side until you come across an adversary). You get the right motivation to compete and this can go a long way to spur you to victory.

However, while doing so, it is also essential that you remember not to become a worse version of yourself while competing. Working against an adversary is tricky, and you need to ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or your morals in the process. Healthy competition is all you need to get out of this.

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3. Their negative comments can help you make a breakthrough

It is true that your enemies never really have much good to say about you. However, in as much as they might be talking out of a place of hate, there might be some truth to what they’re saying.

To wit, whenever you hear something mean or nasty from an enemy, you might want to take a step back and evaluate yourself. There is a chance that what this enemy is saying is true and coming to face that fact is a major step in helping you to become a better person overall. This is another testament to the fact that enemies can be therapists in their own way.

4. Enemies can also be powerful allies

Loving your enemies can also mean making an effort to interact and make peace with them. In the end, if you are able to establish some common ground and patch things up, you’ll have succeeded in making another friend. And who doesn’t need friends?

This can also help you in working with people in the long run. You get to hone your inter-personal skills, and that can be a big plus to your ledger.

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5. It gives you the ability to realize positivity

In a multitude of negativity, a speck of positivity always seems to find its way through.

Sometimes, a knowledge of the fact that you have enemies will also help you to focus on the many positives and good things that are in your life. A lot of times, we neglect what really matters in life. This can be due to being overly concerned with the enemies we have.

However, it is also possible for this acknowledgement to spur you to take a step back and appreciate the goo things (and people who surround you).

6. There might just be a misunderstanding

Sometimes, the reason why you have an enemy might be something very innocuous. You might not have known the cause of this fractured relationship and your enemy will help complete the picture.

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Simply approaching them will help you to understand the reason for the fracture. This, in turn, can help you to work towards healing your relationship moving forward. Misunderstandings happen, and you need to be able to work around them.

7. You learn to appreciate love as well

A constant reminder of the fact that there are enemies will also help you not to take those who love you for granted. Love and hate are two opposing emotions and it is possible for one to momentarily overshadow the other.

However, while you’ll always have enemies, there will also always be people who love you. These people need to be appreciated for what they do for you. Never let the hate projected to you from your enemies take the place of that.

8. Do you really need the hate?

The truth is that enemies bring only toxic emotions and generate bad reactions from you. If you’re truly to live a prosperous life, you can’t really be carrying all this baggage around.

Hate is bad and you should try all you can to get rid of it. It is a well-known fact that nobody can get really far in life while carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Well, hate is the biggest form of emotional baggage there is.

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