They’ll say you will never make it, prove them wrong!
Are you following your dreams?
In these modern times its uncommon to find people that don’t do something with their time that results in a monetary return whether that be a pay cheque, commissions, tips, etc.
What do you do for your monetary return?
Why do you do it?
Some of us simply choose to do what we do to get paid so we can continue to live our lives and afford the things that we want. But there are some people who do what they do because they truly believe it is what they want to be doing.
It’s a common debate and there are arguments either way. Everyone’s individual life, goals, dreams and what not will differ in some way so it is not fair to judge someone when their choose one way or the other.
Dreams aren’t going to pay the bills
I am sure we have all heard this from someone who chose a job over personal fulfillment in order to simply generate cash. In some cases it is a good point, depending on your lifestyle.
If you have a lot of bills, debts, and or possessions, then chances are you will have to sacrifice your dream job to simply pay for your things. This also applies to families.
I believe this mindset at its core usually stems from maintaining a higher cost of living or owning a lot of things. The fatter the bills and costs, the more cash is going to have to be around and this can push people to take jobs doing things they aren’t exactly thrilled about to pay the bills.
It isn’t wrong. If someone chooses to maintain hobbies or a standard of living that comes at a higher cost, they can certainly do so.
Do what you love to do and think about the money later
Contrary to simply taking a job to get money and continue that process for years on end is to instead follow your aspirations and attempt the dream job scenario. Option “pay the bills” definitely holds a certain level of security. But option “ follow your dreams” holds a certain level of life fulfillment itself.
It is entirely up to you which that you choose. There is a lot to be said about following your dreams. Do what you want to do, and don’t be worried about the money. It can potentially leave you a happier person, feeling more accomplished etc.
Some will say that there is no money in what you do. In our modern world that group of things there is no money for gets smaller and smaller. The amount of money there is in something really comes down to marketing, self-promotion, and being an active member of the community that you intend to be a part of.
If a person is passionate about needle felting, they could use this passion to fuel the creativity they need to take their craft to a level not seen before. And there would be a market for it most likely with the availability of online marketing platforms these days.
There is risk in this, but if you are truly passionate about something, you have an edge on the competition.
The choice between these things for some people is a crippling conflict. It is important to remember that this decision will have a great impact on your life as it takes a while to know if the path chosen is the one to stay on.
This is often an argument that comes up while discussing what one wants to do with their life.
Go to school for that art degree, or become a nurse. Get into journalism or become an accountant. Use your coffee artist skills or follow through you’re your investment advisor schooling.
Passion comes into play
One argument that I tend to recycle in these types of conversations is that success in a career could be greatly influenced by passion, both by your own passion in your work, and other people’s passion in their work.
Just for simplicity sake lets say you decided to just pay the bills and take a job as a hairdresser. It isn’t something you are particularly passionate about but it’ll do, and you are hoping to advance within the crew to some kind of management position.
Now imagine one of your co-workers is extremely passionate about cutting and styling hair. They live for it. Their work is impeccable, perfect, and they wont settle for less. Off hours, they do hair related things that you do not do, because it is their whole life.
It is a bit exaggerated extreme, but not far from reality either. What do you think your chances of excelling further than person are if you don’t have the same level of passion as they do? Most people do adopt a certain level of workmanship or care for quality, but put passion behind it and it has the potential to reach a whole new level.
My opinion: people who are truly passionate about what they do tend to excel further, faster, quite simply due to the devotion to their work and that fire that burns within them. It shows!
They have a higher level of engagement in the job and the community around it. They will blow a passive co-worker out of the water.
The choice is yours
At the end of the day the choice is yours. Don’t be judgmental of others based on which path they choose.
And also don’t be afraid to do what you want to do. Chances are you have less than 100 years left of life and there is no re-spawn once the curtains draw on your time.
If you don’t know what you are passionate about yet, give it some time. You’ll eventually find something that hooks you and you want to know more and more. You want to embed your life into the community that encompasses the craft or practice. That’s when you know you have found something.
Take the risk, and you’ll learn more and be more fulfilled than you ever will doing something passively to pay the bills.