The Age Old Debate of Doing What You Love vs Doing Something Just For The Money

There is a huge debate on whether you should do something for the money and something primarily for love. Unfortunately, doing what you love may not earn you as much to begin with. You won’t earn enough to pay rent and bills. The money factor is always a problem with doing what you love.

Just recently someone contacted me on Facebook and asked me some advice. She was kind enough to share with me what she was working on on the side. It was some beautiful drawings of cartoons with nice sketches. I asked her how long she’s been doing it for and she said she’s been doing this on the side for over 10 years. That right there was enough for me to know whether what she was doing is something she loved. She just needed to apply herself consistently online so she can promote her work and attract more success.

Since she has been creating cartoons for over 10 years, I suggested to her to start up a blog and begin publishing her cartoons online. She’s discovered her passion already which puts her in the top 20% of people in the world who know what they love to do. The next step is for her to keep publishing for the next 10 years and over. Do it for love. One day, someone will come across her blog, find her cartoons amazing and email her offering her an opportunity of a lifetime.

That only happens when you find something you love to do, publish every day and position yourself for success.

Steve Jobs on Finding Something You Love To Do

Steve Jobs once said that you’ve got to find something that you love to do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. I heard his advice many years ago but I never really understood it. So I continued on with my life and tried all sorts of things. I tried doing events, creating ebooks and selling them online, ghost writing, website design, graphic design and more. I tried a lot of creative projects and dabbled in many different industries.

I made some money here and there but nothing really stuck with me. I would lose interest after a few months to a year and move onto something else. Looking back, the only thing that has remained constant for the past 10 years is that I’m really passionate in writing. I love writing and I write not just for the money, I write because I just love it.

Even way before I started businesses, I would sit down at a cafe and just write my thoughts down on a journal. Before blogging, I would write everyday in my notepad just some of my thoughts and ideas. I also noticed that I started several blogs and written a couple of books. They didn’t really take off until I finally stuck with one blog and remained consistent.

When I continually worked on this one blog for an entire year, I grew the traffic from 1 visitor per day to 450 visitors per day. Out of the 10 years of entrepreneurship, seeing my blog grow to that extent was a huge accomplishment. That’s when I realised the power of knowing and doing what you love.

The Money Side of Passion

In regards to the money, I understand that it doesn’t pay you anything to do what you love. You may earn a few bucks here and there and you can buy a small starbucks coffee but you can’t afford anything else. In order to cover your bills and your family, you still need to hold your full time gig until your side gig takes off. The scary factor is that it may take you several years for your part time passion to overtake your full time job. This is just life.

If it takes you 7 years for your part time passion to take off, then it takes you 7 years. You might as well get started now so in 7 years, you’ll be happy doing what you love. However if you don’t start now, then you’ll never get there.

Some people are courageous and quit their full time jobs to build their passion up full time. This is admirable and can still work as well. It depends on your risk factor and whether you can fight off the storm if it happens financially. I would recommend having at least 6 – 12 months of expenses in savings before you go full time in your passion. That way you have a time line of how long you have to take to make your passion successful.

But what if you really hate your job? Unfortunately, doing what you hate really drains your soul. I’ve seen people who worked in a job they hated for many years and it really does change them. You look at their face and you can see the lack of passion in their eyes. They don’t look happy at all. I’ve also read a story of a man who spent many years of his life playing safe by working as a banker. He was able to pay all his bills and provide for his family but one day his wife told him that she had been cheating on him for over 10 years. The reason is because she said that he’s changed. He’s no longer spontaneous or the risk adverse guy that he used to. He agreed and regretted not pursuing his dreams.

I also believe that if you’re truly passionate in doing something, you’ll figure out a way to make money. It will come naturally to you because you’re passionate in that area. But if you don’t love what you do, then you wont’ make it past the first hurdle.

Another friend of mine just recently contacted me and told me that she’s feeling old now. She’s only in her early 40s and I’m in my mid 30s, but at that age, she’s telling me that she’s tired and doesn’t have the energy. Therefore, the older you get, the less energy you have. You might as well start where you are now and invest as much time and energy into that one thing that makes you passionate again. What thing can you do for the rest of your life that will bring joy to you while you still have the energy?

Find out what you love to do and go for it. The longer you leave it, the less energy you will have as the years roll on so the best time to start is now.

I wish you all the best and good luck in doing what you love for the rest of your life.

Stay Strong and Be Relentless.

Khoa Bui

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Author: Khoa Bui

Khoa Bui is an author, trainer and chief editor of YouBeRelentless. He enjoys reading books on self development, success, productivity, money, relationships and leadership. When he's not writing, he likes to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine cuban cigar while watching the entire season of Entourage. You can check out Khoa's work at www.khoa-bui.com.

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