Life often decides our profession for us. The need to pay rent and afford our daily lives sees us living from paycheck to paycheck while working an uninspiring job. But what if we could break out of that cycle and spend every day doing something we love while still earning a living? What would you have to do to make that dream a reality? To answer these questions, we reached out to Shareena Alameri and Kinan Salameh, two powerful and influential people in their respective industries who found success by following their passion.
Photographer and travel enthusiast Shareena Alameri has firsthand experience in transforming a passion into a profession. She travels the world, building an ever-expanding photography portfolio while fueling and advancing her career with her passion. Kinan Salameh is a leading entrepreneur and a self-made real estate tycoon. Salameh followed his passion for pursuing entrepreneurship, and today, he is the Founder of an innovative startup called Scan2Get, where he has managed to build up a large sales team of over 400 people in a very short time.
Having experienced the transformative effect of turning your passion into a profession firsthand, both Shareena Alameri and Kinan Salameh agree that pursuing your passion is always worth the risk. But where should you start, and how do you turn something you love into something from which you earn your living? According to Kinan Salameh, it all begins with never having a plan B. He says, “Once you know what you want to dedicate yourself to and spend every day doing, you have to commit to it. You must keep at it even if it means you’re not earning as much as you had hoped to at first; to build anything, you need a foundation.” In agreement with Kinan Salameh, Shareena Alameri says, “Creating a strong foundation to build on is extremely important. A lot of people are understandably afraid of the risk, but taking that first step toward your goals and promising to stay on that path gives you something to build on.”
Speaking of the practical side of finding out how to earn money from your passion, Shareena Alameri says, “Do your research, and do lots of it! No matter how niche your industry may seem, I promise you that someone somewhere has found a way to create revenue from the passion you want to pursue. Find them, and find out how they did it by researching every step they took.” As a successful entrepreneur, Kinan Salameh surrounds himself with others as dedicated and determined as him, and he shares that this can prove to be the key to success. Salameh says, “Surround yourself with people who take passion seriously, people who believe in thinking outside the box and creating something out of nothing.”
Following your passion and discovering how to make a living from it can feel like a daydream; defying convention and seeking success where your passion lies can appear impossible at times. Yet, Shareena Alameri and Kinan Salameh believe that where there is passion, there is always a purpose and a solution.