Do What You Love And The Money Will Come.


How many of you wake up in the morning and absolutely hate the job that you have? How many of you figure that this is just the way it is and that’s that and suck it up? I am willing to bet that it is a lot of you, if the general consensus in this country includes you. I have several friends that while they despise their jobs they stay at them, figuring they could not be happier anywhere else either. Is that you? The problem in this country is that too many people do jobs just for the cash and not for any personal reward other than dollar signs. And by doing this, people will never be happy. The fact is we spend about 40-50 hours a week doing these jobs, which makes up a huge chunk of our time. Add the time you sleep to this, let’s say another 60 hours a week or so, and you are left with about 60 hours of your own time to do what you want. For me, that is not enough, and no job that makes me unhappy for a third of my time is worth any dollar amount.

You see, you could die tomorrow. You could become disabled tomorrow and not be able to do the things you do like to do today. You could lose that crappy job tomorrow that you work so hard for peanuts at and have to take any job that comes along. Why waste time and energy doing something that you hate? Money is not the be-all/end-all…you only get one life and why waste it being unhappy a third of the time?

If you can find something that you truly love…and I do mean LOVE…the money will come. It might take a while, you might suffer in the meantime, you might have to work a second job part time doing something else, but eventually if you work hard enough and plan far enough in advance, almost anything you like to do can make you money. Like building models? Open a hobby shop, teach a class, do demonstrations in local schools. Enjoy tending your garden? Get a job at a nursery, open a landscaping company, or start a blog and make it popular enough to make money at. The opportunities are endless.

The reason I write this is because my wife and I were discussing my current job (web stuff, video editing, html coding, photo manipulation) and her job. She is a teacher and absolutely loves her job even though it is not very financially rewarding. She does it for her love of the kids, for teaching them, coaching them, being an inspiration to them. If she wanted to be rich, she could have gone to law school or done something else. But money was never her deciding factor, job satisfaction was. She chased her dream through 3 states ending up here in California. She continually takes classes, attends seminars and does workshops. She really could not ask for anything more. As for me, I was that guy working in an office job that I hated; in fact, I hated almost all of my office jobs since college, even though they were considered “glamorous” jobs by my family because they were in the movie and television world. I got to travel the world, meet lots of interesting people and make real good money. But I was never satisfied no matter how many dollar bills were in my wallet. As I mentioned before on this site, after some careful discussions with the wife and some friends, along with saving some cash, I up and quit my job without having another job lined up. It was the best decision I ever made and now I do what I want, on my terms, from my home.

Money can buy you stuff and security, that’s for sure. No argument from me there. But if the money comes at the expense of your mental and physical health, is it worth it? I don’t think so. Anything is possible, even if you feel like it is only a pipe dream. A few classes here, a license or 2 there, and you are well on your way to making a living WHILE you are living…not waiting until retirement to have the life you always dreamed of. I don’t mean this to be preachy at all, but if you are in a job/career you hate and you are dreaming of something better, NOW is the time to act. It can be done. Do what you love and the money will come. I promise. And for those of you loving your job and getting paid at the same time, congrats. You are amongst the few!

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  1. I think this is terrible advice. There are many reasons to quit a job, but don’t quit thinking that “if you do what you love, the money will come.” That’s just not true. As with all things in life, work is about compromise. Some jobs will never pay well; it’s fine to take those jobs, but dont take them thinking that you can make money at them. Conversely, some jobs pay well but are a real grind. Even if you absolutely hate the job, staying there might be the right choice if you have no financial options. I think the whole premise of your essay is wrong.

  2. david says:

    There are always options. And I am sorry that you think you cannot do what you love AND get paid for it. Thanks for the comment.

  3. I couldn’t agree more with the idea that sacrificing your health for a job is unilaterally a bad idea. The costs (current and future) of healthcare for stress-induced conditions can outweigh the financial benefits of a well-paying job. I would add one caveat, though: do what you love and find out if you really love it before taking the plunge. A number of us romanticize a certain hobby or job but may hate it when we actually give it a full-time try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. david says:

    That’s true Accidental, good point. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Ben says:

    It helps if what you love pays well 🙂 I struggle with this one. I’m not crazy about my job but I make good money, which I need as the sole income earner for our family.

    You have more guts than I do, I’m not making a sudden drastic change but taking a slow and steady approach, adding extra income sources a little at a time.

  6. david says:

    Thanks for the comment Ben. It is a scary prospect, I wont lie to you. But my job was killing me so I had to make a change. At the same time I am also adding online ventures to supplement the slow times. Overall I couldn’t be happier!

  7. Chris says:

    Rather than “do what you love and the money will follow” do “what will make you money to do what you love.” What you love might be a new career you want or a hobby you have. But the facts of life is there are bills and debts to pay. Take care of that first and then find a way to do what you love – Delayed Gratification.

    Too many people are doing a job for the money without a goal to work for to a better life. Overall, if there is a goal, the current situation is so much better.

  8. Ellen says:

    Sadly, what I love is puttering around and taking care of family. Making sweet things to feed to people I love, or pretty things to make them smile–or both. Not much money in that, really.

    Although I have always sort of wanted to open a bakery…

    If I quit my job and become a pastry chef, I’ll give you the credit, David. 🙂

  9. david says:

    I will hold you to that Ellen! Hows the wedding planning going?

  10. Ellen says:

    Ha, thanks, David. I can always use some nudging.

    Wedding planning is going well, thanks for asking. We’re starting to get response cards back and get an idea of how many folks we’re going to get. Our most daunting step: dancing lessons! *trips over feet*

  11. david says:

    That was my least favorite part of the entire experience. Even after private lessons, it still did not look as glamorous as we thought it would!

  12. Jim says:

    Four years ago I was downsized at the software company I worked for. After making through several cuts I was actually relieved as I was doing my job plus a couple of others as a QA Tech. After that I swore I’d never work for anybody else again. You mentioned having a hobby can turn into business, well, my friend, here’s living proof a person who’s actually done it. I buy and sell graded sportscards for a living, yes, it pays the bills and sales continue to grow month over month.



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