Ever see someone really go full bore into their hobby or geeky interests? Ever see someone spent days making a cosplay? Ever watch someone write an epic fanfic? Fans, geeks, and otaku are very, very industrious people – and if you don't believe me, I can tell you a few stories about sports fans that'd amaze you . . .
One of the many virtues of fans is that they work very hard at what they love. Sure we know it – we do it. However though we know it, we don't always appreciate it.
I think it's important to appreciate it – and appreciate what it means career-wise.
Just think of what this sheer industry means:
- Development – Your hobbies teach you how to work hard. There's a great virtue in learning how to be that disciplined and that hard working.
- Display Of Virtue – Want to impress potential partners, employers, or investors? Just mention your hobby and show how much you do for fun. Then swing into showing how industrious you are overall. It's a great way to show your ability to get things done.
- Self-Respect – Think your lazy? Think again – look at your hobbies, your geekery, and see just how hard-working you really are.
- Portfolio Filler – You probably have a lot you can use to show off your skills as well – from writing to websites to art.
All that hard work you're doing as a geek, fan, or otaku? Appreciate it – because there's a lot of opportunities to use it in your career.