So you have a hobby or a skill that just feels like you were born to do it. Maybe you have a natural gift in some kind of activity and you feel that it would be a waste to not to use it to benefit yourself and everyone around you. Or perhaps you've been taking part in an activity because you enjoy it since you were a child and now you're incredibly good at it. It's for reasons like these any many others that some of us really want to take the next step.
Let's be honest, life has certain predetermined responsibilities.
Whether we like it or not, not many people are going to do anything for us for free. And why should they? They have to pay for things too. Cash is like the blood of society and without it an individual cell or person would not survive for long. You might be one of those people who can do something to a professional standard and as yet are still making money by doing other things. Maybe you are doing something that nearly everyone could do right now and you know that you have a skill or talent that only one in fifty or more can do. So what is stopping you? There are plenty of things we have to consider. Here's a list of things that will help you make that final step.
Get A Teacher:
No matter how good you are at something there will be another person who is better at it than you. They are possibly older or have had more professional experience. Maybe they're just super-talented. It doesn't matter, what matters is that you can learn from them. If they are willing to educate others, and many people are, then you can directly learn. Once you have a guiding light in your desired profession you can be ushered in the right direction.
Find A Community:
You're not alone. There are people like you who love doing what you do. They may even be interested in going professional as well. These people often group together in little communities that have established meetings. And if you honestly can't find one, maybe broaden your reach to similar things or perhaps just start your own. It will be a difficult adventure but you can do it.
Google's Good, But What Else?
The natural bias from the algorithm will always give us a particular set of instructions and answers. This can't be helped really, so the best thing to do is Google then go to the library. Even if you just snap up some bargain books from the Amazon second hand listings or something, finding many avenues of thought about your subject can and will help you build a much greater picture of the world you're trying to break into.
Communicate Your Path With Your Peers:
These people in the same game as you who maybe have been doing it longer are still just people. The chances are that if you get friendly with them then they'll be able to help you out with certain things. It might be that you've a really bad habit that you didn't realise was impairing your work. You may not realise that although your pictures of crows are near perfect, there are enough crow paintings to wall-paper St Paul's. You can still decide you don't agree!
Figure Out Where You Have Work To Do
You've not been doing this at a professional standard before and no-ones been worried how excellent you are before. In social circles it's okay to be mediocre or have an off-day. Not any more. You have to be able to maintain a degree of professionalism even when it's not in your immediate impetus. This needs lots of polishing on several aspects of your main skill and a whole list of other skills you will need in order to truly thrive in a commercial environment.
Make A Plan
So you have clear guidance and a list of things to work on, you have a community behind you and friends in the job who are willing to point you out to things when necessary. You need to manage your own time and direction. None of these people can do this for you. No book or instruction video can make you get up and do your work. Learning new skills and putting them into action takes a lot of energy. The brain has to create new pathways that maybe it hadn't even heard of before. There's a lot to it and you'll find it can't be done over-night. Take your steps and know which way they are taking you.
Feel Good About It
No this is not a drag, it's a beautiful way of life that you have earned through your own hard work. You still have to put the hours in but they're hours doing what you enjoy. You don't get to have fun all the time, but we're adults now aren't we? We play games when the children visit. This is a good move for you and as long as you remain on the path of self-improvement there will be nothing that can stop you from advancing. Maybe we focus on the results we desire and forget about enjoying the journey. Because we don't have everything we want yet doesn't go to say we have nothing we want. We've already earned so much. Enjoy that.
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