Hobbies are great. I tend to collect them. I will often have an idea that I want to accomplish or a item I want to make that will steer me toward a new hobby or skill. I have tried a variety of handcrafts including leatherworking, bladesmithing, woodturning, carving (wood, soap….. laser…..) and the ones I stuck with for more than a few minutes usually resulted in an end result I had been thinking about for months if not years. So, what’s so important about a hobby?
You can’t work all the time. I know, I know…… everyone understands that they can’t work all the time but how many of you actually work all the time? Not only that, how many of you do little else besides work, watch TV, and Facebook? Now, I am not knocking work, TV, or Facebook, but if that is pretty much all you do, you need a life. We all need a life filled with accomplishment (doing something, anything) rather than idle consumption (watching TV, mindlessly wandering the web, etc). To me, that sense of accomplishment is found in either a hobby or work.
I want to work all the time. No wait, did I just say that? What I meant to say is that I want to generate income as much of the time as I can. I want to help people with my work. I want to earn so much money I have trouble giving enough of it away. But….. I want to enjoy my work. In fact, I want to enjoy my job SO much that you not be able to tell if I am working or having fun. I wan to wake up in the morning saying to myself “They pay me to do this?” I want my hobby (or one of my hobbies….) to be at the center of my work. How do I get started?