Growing up, I had a good understanding of the value of money. My middle class parents always made my family feel we would never go without. They also instilled in me that it takes hard work to make money.
It was this combination that led me to believe that if I work hard enough at something I enjoy, I can make a viable career out of it.
I decided long ago, that if I’m not doing a job I love, it doesn’t matter how good the money seems, I don’t want to pursue it further.
I think it’s obvious that my loyalties lie on the side of the spectrum that yells “do what your love!” But is this good advice?
Most of us are led to believe that money buys happiness. “A degree in arts won’t make you money.” or “Your much better off going into something stable like finance.” Is this all true?
Does money really buy happiness? Are we making a mistake when we decide to follow our passions?
How do we know if we’re making the right choice? I.e. doing the financially sound thing vs doing what you love?
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The argument to follow the money
This is the advice Mark Cuban would give you, and he seems like a pretty reliable source considering his net worth is $4.1 Billion.
Cuban actually speaks pretty openly about how he thinks that following your passion is terrible advice.
Instead he suggests that you put time into what your good at because, “nobody quits anything they are good at…. It is fun to be one of the best”
According to cuban the secret to success is to look at where you’re putting your efforts and seeing the biggest impact from those efforts. Wherever you see the biggest impact continue in that direction.
The argument to follow your passion
The story goes like this; Morse was going through a hardship. She was getting divorced and was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. With her life falling apart, the only place she felt whole was on the farm.
She often invited her friends over to indulge in the comfort of the farm. The idea of goat yoga was a suggestion from a friend. Goat yoga was born and not long after, Morse’s classes took off in a way she couldn’t have even imagined.
The business wasn’t easy, there were many obstacles, it almost seemed like an uphill battle some days. Despite the obstacles Morse stuck with it. She followed her passion and she created a thriving business. Now, people come from all over the world to take her classes.
Morse is living out her dream of teaching yoga classes with goats. Not to mention she is raking in 6 figures. She created this life by following her passion and doing what she loved.
The interesting thing to note here is the common thread between both of these stories. There is an underlying lesson to be learned.
It doesn’t matter if you start with money or start with passion. What’s important is that you find the work that you do interesting or meaningful.
If you follow the money make sure that you can also love the job that makes you the money. If you follow your passion make sure that you can turn that passion into a profit.
Buddha said to, “choose a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life”.
I can’t help but think his logic is slightly flawed. Even the things we love can be difficult and prove challenging. The goal isn’t to avoid work, but to work in a way that feels meaningful and gives you a sense of purpose.
Whatever you do, do it with passion. Do something that propels your dreams forward and allows you to create a life that you feel both satisfied and challenged by.
The best way to do what you love is to find something both purposeful and profitable. Hopefully something that feels less like a job and more like a lifestyle choice.