Have you ever taken a job or started a business strictly because of the income potential, not because it was something you enjoy or are passionate about? What if you could flip that scenario?
I recently attended an all-day business seminar conducted by a very successful, young entrepreneur. I agreed with many of her points until she stated that your passion can’t become your business. Hmmm….don’t tell that to all the successful creatives out there. Way to fuel the “poor, starving artist and musician” stereotype!
I think it depends on where you are in life. I’ve met many ex-corporates like myself who were just tired of the political nonsense, working nights and weekends, and having to put our passions on the back burner.
There comes a point when you realize that life’s short. You only go around once, so why not do what you love? I know many artists, musicians, designers, and writers who are following their passion – and making really good money.
Creating a solid income doing what you love
Wagner College, in Staten Island, New York is a short bus ride to Broadway and is well-known for its theater program. Although I was a singer and a dancer, I never auditioned for any of the plays while attending Wagner. Why? Because my dance professor crushed my Broadway dreams with this statement: “Dori, you’re very good but do you want to dance…or eat?”
I decided that eating was a good thing so I double-majored in French and German and minored in business. My first job was with an international bank on Wall Street. Yes, I made good money but my heart wasn’t in it. If you’re going to devote the majority of your waking hours to something, it should be something you’re passionate about and uses the gifts and talents you were given.
How can you do this successfully? You need to treat your talent as a business. Failure to attend to the business side of things, especially marketing and branding, is what prevents many creative types from succeeding. Many also spend so much time on creating that they don’t reach out and connect with people who can help them or partner with them.
As many of us can be perfectionists and procrastinators, it pays to have a coach, mentor, or an accountability partner. I’ve had many “Aha!” moments when people gave me ideas for my talents or my business that I never thought of. All of this can help you convert your passion and your talents into a successful business. If I can create a coaching and speaking business that includes drumming, think of what you can do!
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Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She is a coach and drum therapist for creative types and solopreneurs, as well as a percussionist and drum circle facilitator. Dori offers business, career, and ADHD coaching, which can be combined with drum therapy or sound healing. Dori is also an inspirational speaker, and the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. For more information or to book Dori, click here.