So what do you think of the "do what you love and the money will follow" line of thinking?

There are many thoughts on this, I know. And almost everyone will have a different answer.

Here's my take.

We pretty much all have to work, yes? (I have thoughts on this too but that's another post). So when you wake up every morning, how do you feel? Excited, happy and motivated?

Or sluggish and dreading the day ahead...

I've been there. In fact I recently left a job purely because I hated it. I Itried to turn around my thinking in regards to the position, but I just couldn't do it. Every fibre of my being was against me.

I believe in taking the time to listen to my inner self - she knows more about me than anyone else around! I don't believe in making myself miserable for a job.

And when it's just a job, then I can do without it. I can make the choice to go without the flashy stuff, because my inner well-being means more to me.
It has taken me some time to reach this stage, and my kids can be quite disagreeable with it. I take the stance, however, that it's not necessarily a bad thing for kids to not get everything they want!

To be perfectly honest with you, I would rather think outside the box on this one. I believe we are here to enjoy ourselves, not work ourselves into the ground because society says so.
If you enjoy your line of work, then life has more flow, and you are happier.

Why wouldn't you do what you love? Why would you continue to do what makes you miserable?
It differs for everyone. I wouldn't expect you to love the same things I do, and I also wouldn't expect you to judge the things I love to do. I'll afford you the same courtesy.

Food for thought.

3 Friends say...:

Jennifer said...

Seaside magic!! Its perfect.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I quite agree. There's nothing worse than being in a job you hate...I refuse to stay in that place, too.

JJ Jalopy said...

I believe there is no reason on earth that you should need to sacrifice your valuable time - time that you could be spending with people you love, doing the things you love - to do something you hate just to make money.

It is totally possible to make money doing something you love.

I don't quite buy into the "Do what you love and the money will follow line of thinking" though. There are a few key ingredients that we need to be succesful in any endeavor, most notably strategy and confidence. Doing what we love can be a great catalyst to developing these two, but it's almost impossible to thrive without these.

This was a cool post which got me thinking.

And to get back on track to what you were actually talking about... I think there's rarely a good reason to do something you hate to do. In my experience of the world, such "sacrifice" always ends up in resentment.

Like Joseph Campbell said, "follow your bliss."

It's kind of obvious that might make you happy, I think!!