很多人都说，毁掉一首心爱歌曲的方式是什么?把它作为起床闹钟的铃声!基于同样的道理，当一个人把自己的爱好变成职业，爱好就不再是兴趣，而是变成了一种毒药。那么问题来了，你认可爱好和职业是鱼与熊掌不可兼得这种理论吗?开言英语学员Kenny在Talk演讲比赛中以《Hobby and Profession》为主题，结合自身经历对这个大家关心的问题进行了解答。
Hello everyone, nice to meet you here. My name is Kenny.
I am a sports marketing manager from a sports internet company, and I am a huge fan of football.
Before I start my speech, I would like to ask you some questions. Has anyone maintained a hobby for 20 years?
Oh, I see so many hands. Maybe. Okay, so how many people have turned your hobbies into professions?
Cai Kangyong once said that you should never turn your hobby into a profession.
Well, I did. And I wish to use my own story as to prove that turning your hobby into a profession can actually bring you much more than you can imagine.
The story began when I was 10 years old. Our teacher asked all the students to watch the Chinese team’s game in the classroom together.
The superb football skills of the players and the exquisite passing between them fascinated me deeply.
It was then I realized that this was the World Cup, the pinnacle of the Chinese team.
And I had a strong feeling that there will be more stories between me and football in the future.
Since then, football has become an important part of my life.
If you meet me outside, I am either playing football or on the way to play football.
When I was about to graduate from college, I was stuck with a question that everyone would encounter, that is what I am gonna do in the future.
To settle with a job that pays well, or to follow my heart and pursue my dream?
Then I suddenly realized that I didn’t have to compromise at all.
Why can’t I just try to find a job in the football industry?
Since then I have made up my mind to find a job in football.
I tried every way I could think of to look for such kinds of jobs.
I sent resumes to every company that related to football, went to the job fairs every day.
After nearly half a year of continuous searching, I finally did it. I got an offer in sports operation.
It may seem bland to others, but only I know what this job meant to me.
You may ask: Kenny, have you ever thought of giving up?
Sure, I have.
When I realized the expectations given by my parents were different from my dreams, my faith got shaken.
In the eyes of most parents, stable jobs such as civil servants, doctors and lawyers are the best choices for their children.
My parents, especially my father, found my hobby rather meaningless. And I fought in a silent way by refusing to communicate with him.
Over time, the misunderstanding grew like a snowball, and an inconspicuous argument made the quarrel broke out like an avalanche.
I had never seen my father so angry before, scolding, cursing, venting out loud his anger that had been repressed for such a long time.
This job had never been truly accepted by my father, and my persistence was just pale and weak.The idea of “running away from home” came into my mind.
Well, if you can’t understand me, then I’ll leave.
When I was leaving, my father was gasping and tried his best to hold my hand and urge me to stay.
Only then did I notice the wrinkles on my father’s face. I asked myself, how long had it been since the last time I took a good look at my father’s face?
How long had it been since the last time I had a genuine conversation with my father?
I turned around and saw my mother weeping silently. I hesitated and I felt empty and lost.
”Am I wrong? Is it really worth my persistence?”
That was really a tough day. Two villains were fighting in my head. One said, Kenny, you have to face the reality. Another said, Kenny, you have to follow your heart.
How do I choose? Since then I hadn’t talked to my father for a very long time.
My mother would still call me occasionally and ask me how I was doing, did I need money.
It turned out that what they were actually afraid of was that I couldn’t handle adversity, so they insisted on letting me choose a more secure job.I finally understood them.
And I told myself that I must work even harder and prove to my father that I can lead myself to a better life by doing something I truly love.
For seven years, I have grown from a newbie to someone who is now able to lead a team to hold professional football games.
I have also worked as an English translator in international competitions for many times and have been given the opportunities to meet with my favorite stars.
Every time I see the crowd cheering at the game, every time I get the recognition from my team and partners, I would become more and more certain of myself and know that my persistence finally pays off.
Who says you cannot turn your hobby into a profession? For me, my hobby is now not only my career, but also my biggest driving force.
In the past seven years, I travel for work a lot. Even though I mentioned my progress in work many times when I was at home, my stubborn father still didn’t say any words of approval for my work.
However, when I share photos of my work to the family’s WeChat group, he always holds the mobile phone and carefully looks at each photo, and nods silently. This moment is worth a thousand words to me.
At this point, my story is almost over.
As you can see, I am just an ordinary person with ordinary life experience, so my story may not be exciting enough. But that’s okay, isn’t it?
Because the most important thing is that I want you to know that, although it is not easy to find your inner hobbies, but perseverance will surely result in unexpected gains. We may all be ordinary, but we can be our heroes through hard work and perseverance.
If I can do it then you can do it! Thank you!