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22 Tips on Pursuing Your Passion from Etsy Parents

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What did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer, a veterinarian, a teacher, an astronaut — our answers as kids seemed to change with each year and new interest that passed. But when real life kicked in along with bills, mortgages, and mouths to feed, pursuing the work that we loved seemed a distant dream.

But the tides are turning — thanks to online businesses that make it easier than ever to share your life’s work and sell it around the world, more and more parents are able to do what they love … and make a living of it, too. Want to join their ranks? Hear how 22 of our Top 50 Etsy Parents got where they are today:

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22 Tips on Pursuing Your Passion from Etsy Parents

Fate is your friend

It seems that I didn't have a choice in the matter of pursuing my creative passion. I was laid off from a career where I had been working for almost 12 years (kitchen & bathroom Design). I spent 2 years trying to find a job that would work for myself and my family, and after lots of disappointing opportunities, I decided to do the only other thing that I knew — beautiful housewares. All in all, I guess you could say fate forced me into it.
—Araya, Wind and Willow Home

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2 thoughts on “22 Tips on Pursuing Your Passion from Etsy Parents

  1. Great and inspiring post. Also, don’t give up–persistence is key!

    xo annaofgreengable

  2. Lyubomir says:

    Yep, I fully agree with those 22 tips that you’re suggesting – my favorite one by no question is “just do it” – also happen to be Nike’s slogan. I mean this is always been my starting point in just about anything I do in life. I believe that there isn’t such thing as simply “I can’t” but rather is more like “I don’t want to”. So whatever you think is good for you – in career aspect, life aspect, don’t just talk about it, discuss about, you have to actually do it, to figure out from personal experience whether this was good or bad for you. There is one saying that my father told me once – “if you don’t play you will certainly not win”. Anyways good tips, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers from all-day raining Vancouver

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