Okay, we’re back. Welcome to day 2 of the 3-day Productivity Blog Showdown. In case you missed them earlier, today’s questions are as follows:
You both seem to encourage paying less attention to how much money you
make, and pay more attention to what you’re passionate about. With that
in mind, please address the following:
a. What if your passion IS money?
What should I do if my passion requires money, and in order to make
money, I need to work a whole bunch of hours per week at a job I’m not
passionate about, leaving no time for my passion?
what should I do if I know that my passion is staying home with my
family (or similar non-paying passion), but doing that won’t pay the
bills? How can I reconcile being away from my family/passion in order
to "just" make money?
Steve Pavlina is first up today. Steve is a recovering software developer, specializing in gaming. He founded, and currently runs, Dexterity Software. I say he’s a "recovering" software developer because on his blog,
he has been very transparent about his vocational goals and his roadmap
for achieving them. Steve has built up a very popular archive of free productivity articles here. Finally, for a great background sketch on Steve, be sure to review his "about" page. Without further commentary, here’s Steve…
1) The money and the passion"?¦ You both seem to encourage paying less attention to how much money you make, and pay more attention to what you’re passionate about. With that in mind, please address the following:
a. What if your passion IS money?
Your passion isn’t money. Really it isn’t… unless you have a fetish about collecting smelly pieces of paper with pictures of dead people. 🙂
What you might be passionate about is what you think money can get you. But money itself is just a means to an end, and often it’s far more effective to work directly on the specific end you want to achieve. For example, if you think money will buy you security, then go to work directly on your fears and insecurities and develop your capacity for courage. If you think money will buy you a sense of abundance, then focus on overcoming your lack of appreciation for what you already have, and begin to live with an attitude of gratitude.
So what is the end that you think money will get you. What are you really passionate about? What if you already had all the money you could possibly want? Then what?
b. What should I do if my passion requires money, and in order to make money, I need to work a whole bunch of hours per week at a job I’m not passionate about, leaving no time for my passion?
First, question to what degree your passion really does require money. Is that truly an accurate assumption? Can you think of anyone else pursuing your passion in a manner that doesn’t require much money? I don’t know the answer for your particular situation, but it’s very common that people use a lack of money as an excuse for not pursuing their passion. So first, do a gut check on your assumptions. I would say that most of the time when people believe they need money to pursue their passion, they’re wrong, and there will be plenty of counter-examples of people pursuing a similar passion without money. But I’ll also wholeheartedly acknowledge that many ventures would be extremely difficult to pursue without adequate cash. So use your logic and thinking skills to figure out the truth of the matter for your own situation. How important is money to your passion? What’s the objective truth of the matter?