The Passion vs. Hobby Test

Want to know if your passion is a hobby or has the potential to be a fulltime gig? Use the test below to find out. Once you do, share your results in the comments below. 
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R. Silver
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I love the infographic, Jonathan! I found myself stuck at “Will monetizing this passion compromise what I love about it?” because my passion is writing [fiction, I suppose], although I’d like to say I’m very interested in a lot of other things. But as I learned from you, carve your own niche, don’t just sit there and find one. If I combine writing and History, for example, there’s a whole other niche that gives me the possibility to monetize.

Thanks for everything you do. Congratulations to whoever wins the giveaway.

R. Silver

Monica
Guest

The link http://pte.bz/pssd9q in the middle of the graphic did not work for me…?

Adrianne
Guest

The link is case sensitive. Give this a try: http://pte.bz/PsSd9Q
:)

Rebecca Scott
Guest

As I quickly read down the questions and answers like a pachinko ball, I smiled at the inevitable conclusion, Yes. Thank you for being such a major source of help, fun and focus.

Lisa
Guest
Love the infographic, Jonathan! I like how it got me thinking, seriously, about whether or not my passion was a viable, profitable business. I’m happy to say that thinking through this has strengthened my desire to plow forward with some serious changes I am making in my life. I quit my six-figure job (next Friday is my last day) and will be devoting my hours to A) spending more time with family and B) building some valuable content that I hope will help others find the time in their life to do more of what they love! Thanks for the… Read more »
Jackie Paulson
Guest
Insert Passion HERE: Book Reviews Am I prepared to d what it takes to become the best in the world at this? YES Is my passion consistent with my deeply held values and beliefs? YES Will monetizing this passion compromise what I love about it? No Is there a community of others in the work that share my passion? YES DO I have an earnest desire to help others in this field? YES Am I prepared to spend a lot of work day doing administrative tasks for my business such as Accounting? Customer support, sales, marketing? YES What Did I… Read more »
Sasha-Shae
Guest

My Passion??? Natural Hair care and Design (photography and graphic-web design to be exact).

I’d love to make them more monetized for me and my family!! And awesome infographic by the way!! :)

Leah
Guest

I’ve known for a while that my passion can be profitable because so many others have gone the same path and I know I can do it if I work hard. I guess for me it’s just a matter of pushing myself everyday to work at it and never give up. Awesome infographic, by the way. :)

Ron Tester
Guest

I’m finally getting off my duff and working to make my passion profitable. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching, and I am ready. Your infographic confirmed that I have finally found/figured out what to do and how to do it. Thank you for your encouragement!

Cedric
Admin

You’re welcome Ron. Glad it could help.

Rebekka
Guest

My passion is teaching, I realize I don’t have to go the conventional route to monetize my passion. I don’t have to get a teaching credential, I can have private lessons and one on one clients.

M. Drake
Guest

I get so excited when I see something from PTE in my box! The whole design scheme and communication is so very visually pleasing…but the content is priceless. WIN-WIN. I have found that if ‘I’m too busy to really focus on your posts and offerings–then I’m too busy.’ I hope when I can come up for air, the hoarding of your tutelage will reap the benefits I am anticipating. Peace.

Kymm
Guest

I’m pretty sure this isn’t what you’re looking for, but what I learned is that flowcharts still confuse the living daylights out of me and if anything substantive depended on my making sense of one, I’d be up a creek without a ladder.

Adn Montalvo Estrada
Guest

Wow!!! It seems like mine is straight to PTE life. Cool.

JT Goodwin
Guest
That was great. It is definitely eye opening for me. I am going to have to revisit it several times. I did it twice and the first time it lead me to the passion. I started it again because honestly there were a few maybes along the way. The second time through I switched those and it lead me to hobby. If I go all anti-(Tom)Crusian on the matter and complete my own psychoanalysis I would have to say the “maybes” are more self doubt than actual second guessing of my passion. If I never used it again it has… Read more »
Kim Thirion
Guest
I absolutely love this infographic. Super easy to follow and even more helpful. As for my results, the ultimate answer is yes, I can make a living from my passion. But my stumbling block has never been “Is it possible?” Its always been “Is this possible for me?” So, the only question that has ever stumbled me, was the first: am I willing to do anything to be the best at this? In the past, I would have said no. And I would have “tried”, but never given it all my effort. But now? Now, I am ready to really… Read more »
ANN SMITH aka GRANNIEGOLD
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Thank you for this great concept, loved the infographic, as it helped to clarify my wild, fun,crazy, passionate mind. For about 6 mths now I have been reading many blogs, subscriber sites, internet marketing ” gurus ” for want of a better description, but they got me more confused the more I read!! Your questions made me focus on what really counts & helped me decide to act now, not next week or in six months time, but NOW. Thank you, Jonathon for this special tool & your willingness to share it. Will personally mention you in my first publication–don’t… Read more »
Janet
Guest

i got hung up on the last part with administrative, accounting, marketing and sales. :( I said no… But I want to change that. I DEFINITELY want to do marketing and sales now and for a long time, I was hung up on marketing.. so that’s an achievement, at least.. But I’m really clueless when it comes to numbers and logistics and figured I could hire out the accounting/admin part. Or at least ACCOUNTING! I hope that means its not just a hobby. I am dedicated to this but I don’t want to do numbers. Is that so bad?

Cedric
Admin

No, I think that’s perfectly reasonable. I hired an accountant to do bookkeeping and taxes from Day 1.

Juston
Guest

I did not “recover” a passion that could be a money maker with this test but I did gain a litmus kit that I can use again and again to distill my many hobbies down to a few passionate possibilities. Although I may not have found a passion to use for profit (yet), the article about mastering a skill gave me the confidence to continue to pursue teaching myself HTML5 and CSS3 for the sake of becoming a web designer. Many thanks Jonathan, for such a wonderful gem.

Aine
Guest

I am not willing to spend a significant amount of time doing administrative work, but that does not make my passion unfit as my life work. I know my strengths – training and rehabilitating horses, not creating invoices. A perfectly fabulous free lancer takes care of the billing.

Dustin
Guest

That’s a great point. Some things can definitely be outsourced.

Felice
Guest

I just found my passion!

Cedric
Admin

Yes! What is it? :)

Kate Holley
Guest
Hi Jonathon, I am loving these infographics. I have to admit, I was a little scared to look at some of this. It may sound strange, but my passion is living my life. I spent more than ten years being the prisoner of anxiety and now that I am free of that I just want to live the beautiful life that I dreamed of for so long. As I have acknowledged this part, I’ve realised that what I want to put out into the world are things that help others who are trapped by similar things to get back into… Read more »
Cedric
Admin

You’re welcome Kate. Glad it struck a chord with you.

Will
Guest

For me it comes down to commitment. Commit to be the best, commit to be different, commit to keep going, commit to help as many people as you can, commit now!

Mohamed Tohami
Guest

I believe that any PASSION can be turned into a profitable business. I see examples everyday of people making money from crazy things they love, that no one would have imagined that it could make any money. The most important thing is to believe that you can make meaningful money out of your passion, then find creative ways to connect your passion to people’s problems and desires.

Savannah
Guest

What a great infographic! I found that the thing I have a degree in may better be suited as a hobby, but something else I have been considering switching to would be suitable as a passionate job. Luckily, they can work together and each be tools to the other… which will make both skills more valuable!

Soraya
Guest

Great graphic. My passion is math and science and helping people who think they “hate” it or are “bad” at it overcome those misconceptions. There was something very powerful to answer yes to whether or not I have an “earnest desire to help others”. I do! And somehow confirming that outloud is very motivational! Thanks!

Bebe
Guest

Well, thanks! This is perfect and I really needed this exercise of clarity.

Gina
Guest
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This is all I’m trying to be, this is all I’m trying to do. It’s been almost a year that I got unemployed and that I also met you – Jonathan Mead ! And what a ride I might say! I do believe that… Read more »
Milo
Guest

This infographic is brilliant. Though I have no idea what my passion is. None.
I’m a Jack-of-all-trades and it’s terrible. I’ve tried my hand at anything that seemed right at the time and went with my gut into some of the best and worst jobs available. I’ve started 2 degrees anf finished neither due to lack of funding. I know what I’m skilled at, but I’m not passionate about any of it. What do you do when you don’t have a clue?

Cedric
Admin

If you don’t have a clue, I recommend getting Trailblazer. It’s completely designed for someone in your situation Milo: http://www.jointrailblazer.com

cheaziz
Guest

This is indeed very exciting. It’s a totally new way of thinking. I’m looking forward to learning more and discovering…. sorry, re-descovering WHO I am and WHAT I can really do! Thank you for the opportunity!

Anne Karp
Guest

Been following you for some time now and enjoyed your beautiful evolution – evidence that what espouse is worth it. Be who you are- your the best at it, after all!

Carolina
Guest
Jonathan, Thank you! I’d been planning to build my own business for more than 2 years, but I hadn’t actually started because I never felt ready and other things were always on the way. Last week, after my second car crash in 2 months (accidents are mostly out of our control, but in this case it was probably due to my tiring job routine that requires a lot of driving), I knew this was it. In a rather rushed and instinctive move (so different from my usually overthought and carefully planned actions), I talked to my boss and quit my… Read more »
Robert
Guest

I ended up in hobby-land. Because I’d rather do the actual thing instead of all the administrative tasks. But those can be outsourced, right?

Cedric
Admin

Definitely. And it really just depends on the stage of your business. Most stage 1 businesses can’t afford to outsource when you’re just trying to make your first profitable sale. But at stage 2 & 3, it’s much easier to hire independent contractors and employees. You may have to admin stuff in the beginning, but it’s only temporary.

Colleen Conger
Guest
I was a bit nervous taking this test because I genuinely thought that my “new found passion” would miserably fail the passion test and land me in the abyss of hobby. Surprise! As I went through the flowchart, I honestly answered several of the questions with a reluctant “No”, but was happily overjoyed to be lead back to the land of passion :-D During these last 5 months of discovering my true passions, I’ve found something else – the real me! This startling discovery has opened up a whole new set of ideas and passions that truly excite and inspire… Read more »
naomi
Guest

When I first reviwed this in an exhuasted stupor, I landed cheekily on having no passion at all. I say cheekily because as soon as I cleared the cobwebs from my brain and worked through the flow chart in a more honest and awake manner, I realized that perhaps my passion has shifted and maybe it’s time to revisit that part of myself to re-engage and discover where my true passion lives. Thank you for making the journey fun and insightful.

Cat Wagman
Guest

helps …

Christina
Guest

One question really resonated with me: Are you prepared to become the best in the world at anything? For so long, I have had a complete lack of motivation. Any career I considered sounded interesting at first, but eventually would provoke intense boredom. I see now that these careers are all stories with endings–and I need to write my own story.

LC | Colored Girl Confidential
Guest

Great info graphic!

I wish I would have had this a few months ago when I was just starting my blog, Colored Girl Confidential. I was so nervous about turning my passion for helping women (esp. women of color) lead happier, more fulfilling lives into a business that I almost didn’t take the huge leap I needed to. Fear of regret was what finally pushed me over the edge. I haven’t looked back since. :)

Deanna
Guest

Great infographic! I definitely can take my passion and make money from it. And the final step? Am I prepared to spend a lot of work day doing administrative tasks for my business such as Accounting, Customer support, sales, marketing? Though my answer was yes, I hope that somewhere down the line I can outsource some of this.

Rick
Guest

Hi Jonathan,

This is a great tool! I was able to answer “yes” at each stage. It was logical and has given me the courage to power ahead and get started on my passion and dreams.

Many thanks

Aviva
Guest

Great, clear infographic. I think being ready to be the best at being your passionate self can also lead to monetizing your passion. I strive to be the best at my brand of excellence, which is always to beat my own records, and I believe that is just as great as being willing to be the best at a particular thing.

Joanna
Guest

My passion is to study to be a health coach: nutrition/personal training/herbalist. I hope to better other’s lives by helping them find solutions to their health issues through diet, exercise, and natural supplements.

Now I just need the education, the guts, and the clients. :)

Brandy
Guest

Simple logic is always the best. This led to a huge realization and the thoughts in my head became more organized seeing each question as a step in this chart. I didn’t even read the “no’s”Can you make a “get off your a** and do it” chart? :)
Thanks a bunch!

Dustin
Guest

Brandy,

That would be an awesome chart! I’m putting it in Evernote as a potential infographic concept : )

Paige | simple mindfulness
Guest

Totally agree with you on this one Brandy! Once someone gets to the bottom of this one they’ll probably be asking, “Now what?” Join Trailblazer would be the obvious answer (shameless plug for you Jonathan :) ).

Paige | simple mindfulness
Guest
Great decision tree! When answering the questions for what I’m doing, I went (almost fell) straight to Start Blazing Your Trail. Regarding the admin tasks, I’m an accountant by trade so that one has never bothered me. Before starting my site, I would have said that I hate marketing. But knowing that my blog and business will go nowhere without it, I’ve become a major student and have found that I absolutely LOVE it! And I love helping others with it. And customer support keeps me in touch with my community so what’s not to love about that? I can’t… Read more »
Izzy
Guest
I like this infographic because it shows respect for the hard work required to turn passion into a business. I think a lot of people fall into the trap of assuming that if they are passionate about something they won’t have to work their butt off to turn it into a business. Or maybe some people realize this but they don’t actually understand what that means. There is one area that I think the infographic misses. I think that if we are going to follow our passion and turn it into money we have to be willing to sit on… Read more »
Sandra
Guest

Cool and helpful infographic, my path to profitable passion was a resounding yes all the way! I’ve spent so many months dithering and contemplating all sorts of potential possibilities that left me in a state of analysis paralysis. It’s time to move forward and enjoy work again. Thanks, for a fun passion test.

Malcolm
Guest

I’m a proud jack of all trades, so I hit the “Go Read This” immediately.

Then, along the same lines, I had the problem of being totally uncertain which of my passions to actually run through the flowchart. Instead I decided I’m just going to get back to work on an app I’m building that will make me some money :D

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jessica
Guest

I discovered the Nike ad nailed it: JUST DO IT!
Thanks for the reminder.
:)

Malvi
Guest
My epiphany did come with the first “insert your passion here”… I inserted my actual job: I’m a psychotherapist and I work with people with stress and anxiety. But all of sudden I realized… Is this my passion? or This is something that I do because I have a degree, the knowledge and is a contribution to the society? But “My passion?”. No. It is not my passion. I’m always learning, and implementing new things for my patients benefit. But it is not something I can call my passion. So, I found that the “marketing, and sales” step is what… Read more »
Iris
Guest

I was a little hesitant at the question about the administrative tasks. Sure, I’m going to do what I have to do, but aren’t these the perfect tasks to be outsourced?

Anyways, I really love the graphics you’re using recently. They look very unique and are always interesting.

PEACE etc. :)

Charlie Harper
Guest

I get stuck at “Will monetizing my passion compromise what I love about it?”.
I guess the only way to find out is to try it, and see.

Dustin Lee
Guest

It can definitely be difficult to tell whether weather monetizing a passion what take away from the joy of it. Good luck!

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