Discussing hobby vs business doesn’t seem like it would create too much turmoil, but I think it does.

Nothing is a hobby – each discipline is its own world with its own high standards. Of course, every artist has ‘minor works’ that they do, but I don’t think I have any ‘minor disciplines.’

Patti Smith
hobby vs business


There are of course quite a few ways to distinguish a hobby from a business, most importantly is one makes you money and one costs you money. But is it really that easy? In some ways that statement can relate to both. And how often have you heard about someone who has turned a hobby into a business?

So today I want to touch on the mindset of a hobby vs business.

When we treat what we do like a hobby we don’t tend to build cost analyses or budget sheets, we may actually spend freely on our hobbies because we view it as something we do in our free time. We probably don’t have to be very disciplined to work on our hobby. And when we set a goal to reach a certain level with our hobby and fail, it can hurt, but it probably doesn’t have devastating consequences.

It’s a hobby because it’s fun, it relaxes us, or provides stimulation in ways our work doesn’t. The point is, it is not business.

Business is work. It can fun and should be fulfilling. But everyday should be a mindful step forward to a goal and toward success on your terms. And mindfulness takes discipline. It takes planning. It takes getting a little (or maybe a lot) uncomfortable. And it certainly takes understanding your bottom line.

It’s with this business mindset that I would like to see you pursue your 52 Weeks Forward.

But I’m not opening a business this year“, you say.

That’s okay“, I say.

Maybe your 52 Weeks Forward is about losing weight, taking more time for yourself, reading a book a month, running a marathon, cleaning out your garage, re-decorating your home, joining the smoothie movement, going back to school, buying a new car, finally putting together those scrapbooks, writing a screenplay…

What ever it is, do it with intention. Create a budget and see how much you’ve invested in yourself this year. Write out a list of one goal a month you’d like to accomplish and hold yourself accountable to getting it done. Witness your mindfulness – are you choosing an hour of television over accomplishing your goal for the month. If so why? You won’t believe how often we sabotage our own success and never ask ourselves why.

Look at your one thing for this year, are you treating it like a hobby or a business?

The possibilities and YOU are limitless!


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