June 6th, 2016

6 Steps to Turn Your Passion Into a Career

by Jacqueline Whitmore
Jacqueline Whitmore and her students at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China.

Jacqueline Whitmore and her students at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China.

Are you tired of showing up for work day after day just because you’re supposed to? You go not because you want to, but because you have to in order to put food on your table and keep a roof over your head. You’ve clearly lost that loving feeling for your job and now you don’t know what to do about it.

I, too, was in the same boat 18 years ago.

In 1998, I got laid off from my job at The Breakers. “What am I going to do now with my life?” I thought. That’s when I decided to buy a computer, printer and fax machine and turn my 300 square-foot attic into an office. I applied for a business license and opened The Protocol School of Palm Beach.

I also hired a web designer to design a website for me and I acquired the highly coveted URL, EtiquetteExpert.com. I’m happy to report that my website is my number one marketing tool.

From that point forward, I was well on my way to living my passion. Today, I have taught business etiquette to thousands of men and women around the world, including China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Turks and Caicos and Switzerland. I write for numerous publications including Entrepreneur.com and I produce a monthly newsletter.

Each day is exciting and challenging at the same time and I’m glad I was brave enough to take the leap of faith. It certainly has paid off in more ways that one. I continue to meet fascinating people and share my passion with others.

Maybe it’s time to find out what you’re really passionate about and turn that into a career. If you’re interested in starting your own etiquette business, I can help!

I offer a “Train To Become a Corporate Etiquette Consultant” course throughout the year. This course is customized to meet your individual goals and needs. If you’re thinking of taking that leap, give me a call.

In the meantime, here are six steps to turn your passion into a career. (Read more)

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