One day you’ll be forced to choose between passion and pay.
Some may choose a career based 100% on passion.
Others, would choose a career based 100% on pay.
As a young bright-eyed-excited-18-year-old deciding what path to take in life, I would say passion.
but I know no matter what reality sets in. No matter how passionate a person is, there are always rough circumstances that can affect success: the economy, office politics, major life events.
But there is one thing we always forget,if only we define success in terms beyond financial gain we would be able to do what we love and feel the glory of success too.
If there’s one thing that holds us back from pursuing our passions,
it’s the fear of not being able to take care of ourselves
(and our families, if we have them).
But this idea ignores the fact that succeeding
in anything requires a great deal of work and uncertainty, Risk is always part of the equation. For everyone who has made a good living doing something they enjoy, there are countless other equally talented people who were not able to do it.
Nothing is more joyful than doing the thing you love for a living, watching this dream you once had becoming reality.
But, let’s be real. None of this guarantees wealth, or even financial success.
I once read this quote about how to deal with the unknown future that says “every small smart step you take should leave you alive to take the next step” So if you can’t afford to do the thing you’re passionate about, for example: if you do it, you won’t be able to feed your family (which is something you think is more important than whatever you’re passionate about)
then no, you’d better not bet your economic life on it. But even this doesn’t mean you can’t work on your passion a little even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day.
So take those small steps. You might discover that your passion does, in fact, make you money.