Beware of turning hobbies into jobs
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Beware of turning hobbies into jobs

There is a saying that goes “find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

Although a (slightly exaggerated) truth, I would add a cautionary note: Make sure that you keep some of the things you enjoy as far away from work as possible. Constantly thinking of every hobby you take on as a potential business opportunity will end up draining you — mentally, creatively, and even physically.

I’ve been there.

When I was young, I was in awe of video games.

Now, I work in the gaming industry. Understanding how software works under the hood, how artificial intelligence works in games, and essentially demystifying the once magical gaming worlds, completely changed the way I interact with and think about games.

I still love playing games, but it’s now a different experience and not just a hobby.

Downtime is essential in order to recharge your mind and body.

Keeping around hobbies that their only purpose is to be fun, relaxing, and don’t come with any work-related attachments is important for your wellbeing. Of course, if you are entrepreneurial you might end up creating a business out of one of them, but if that happens make sure to fill the gap with a new one!

Always find time for yourself.


This essay was originally published as part of a 30-day writing challenge.