Money or passion?

This is one of those seemingly endless questions everyone is asking these days.

I can definitely relate to this. I began growing up a passion for writing at a very young age,and I wanted to take up literature as a major in college because that is where my heart was,and still is…..but i didn’t. My parents were not for the idea. They didnt think writing would sustain me in life,put food on my table and pay bills. I remember my dad asking me, ” Assuming your career as an author takes off, how sure are you that your books will sell? What if no one wants to buy or read them? What will be your exit plan?” Ouch, those words were hurtful and discouraging but i knew they were coming from a place of love and concern. So I ended up in law school.Anyway, we are not here to talk about me so let’s just get right into today’s topic.

Getting paid for doing what you love, that’s the dream right? Well the situation is actually a little more complicated than that. Can you make a living doing what you love? Yes…and no. Let’s be honest, not every passion or every dream or everything you love to do has profit potential. Some dreams and some hobbies make lousy businesses, pardon my sarcasm. Sometimes i tend to think that, DO WHAT YOU LOVE is bad advice. If some of us were to do what we love, we’d just stay in bed,eat popcorn, Netflix and chill. Are we really sure that the best thing to do with passion is attempt to monetize it ? Why assume it is easier to turn passion into money than it is to turn money into passion? Do me a favour, please think about a passion you have then apply this test: WILL PEOPLE PAY YOU TO DO IT?

There are those who strongly believe that it is more important to follow passion first, no matter where it leads. To them money is not important, its not everything, it cannot buy happiness, they say. I respect that because at the end of the day, Choosing whether to chase a career because of money or passion is completely an individual choice and no one can take that away. We’ve all at some point seen a movie ,whereby there is this rich guy with all the luxuries in life but apparently he’s unhappy because he hates his job. So he leaves his multi million empire, goes to some island to fish(his passion) and now he is poorer but happier with a wonderful partner who is a perfect much…. wow. Let’s not forget that this is just fiction. We are in the 21st century, the economy is at its worst, and in as much as MONEY MAY NOT BUY HAPPINESS, IT IS VERY NECESSARY! And by the way, about money not buying happiness, it is debatable.

It is more practical to choose money then take up passion once one is comfortable with money and can afford a good living. If you work for money now, you will generally be in a better position to pursue your passion later on with no financial stress. Imagine being able to paint,sing or write and not worry about how to pay rent, this is my dream, reader, and maybe yours too..

What did you consider when choosing a career? What advice would you give to someone, Money or passion? Let’s share.

Randomthoughts ❤


15 thoughts on “MONEY OR PASSION?”

  1. Today, I would definetely chose “PASSION”.
    Frankly speaking I invested a lot of resources in further qualification in the course of my professional development. In many cases, I tried to improve my skills in fields of expertise I felt not comfortable with diue to a lack of knowledge and admittedly due to my limited potential or simply due to a lack of interest in the subject….and therefore limited potential.

    Finally, I came to the conclusion that it would have been much better to invest in further developing my strengths instead of being focused on my weaknesses or less interesting subjects.

    I think, actually I did these investments to compensate my weak self-confidence. I should have cultivated my talents much miore to gain an even bigger USP, to gain appreciation and to levitate my spirit.

    If you are passionate about your tasks, you´re chances to become successful are much higher and you will enjoy the benefits of an intrinsic motivation, which means you will be more autonomous and independent from appreciation of others. This phenomena will make you less vulnerable and will allow you to stay cool during tough times. These skills are again critical success factors in life.

    Chosing PASSION kicks off a kind of “positive dynamics” in my view.


      1. Well, I am Senior Manager today but I can only outline that it might take years to correct the direction of your path – at least in Europe, where employers aren`t flexible at all and prefer streamlined CVs without any breaks & changes. From my experience, I recommend to focus on your passions and sharpen your profile by doing so.

        Cit. (one of my professors): “Imagine Ralf Schumacher – a super-talent in car racing and formula 1 world champion – would have focused on training swimming or ballet?”

        The major challenge is to get to know yourself well and to discover your talents and needs (teamwork or not? Leadership roles? creative tasks? Traveling? Desired corporate culture? Work-life-balance? …and so on). Only if you are painfully honest to yourself and free yourself from expectations and success criteria promoted by others, you will be able to identify your potential & passion.

        It is also about discovering and accepting your limitations.

        OMG! Now, reading my lines I feel sooooo old!

        Well, everybody needs to find its own path.
        Thoughts can be shared but not experience (which have to be felt in person), I fear.

        Enjoy your journey (finally the destination is of minor importance)!

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  2. When I was young, I loved horseback riding and gardening. Neither of them became my professional occupation. I didn’t want to spend my time only with horses all the time, and the proposal my father made that I should study to be a landscape gardening architect, I didn’t find attractive either. I wanted a garden, but I didn’t want to do it professionally. You can never follow your creativity fully when working on a job for someone.
    So I ended up not knowing what to do for the rest of my life. And I wanted to be financially independent as soon as possible. So my criteria for an education were that it had to be short, and I wanted to learn Spanish. 😉
    In the end I did a 12 months course to become a secretary with foreign languages (English, French and Spanish), of which only Spanish was new to me. And I must say that I liked the job of a secretary. I am not a person who likes to be in the limelight so to speak and negotiate with people, I am good to administrate the backstage and a great problem solver. In the last job I held before retiring, I could make use of the languages English (mainly), French and Russian, all of which I already studied at gymnasium (that is the school in Germany from where you get your exam that gives you access to university). Only Spanish I never used professionally … 😉
    But, one could say that languages are kind of a passion of mine … 🙂

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  3. I took a look at what you are talking about here in a different way. Each letter of the alphabet has a number value. When you add up a word or phrase you get a number value that can tell you interesting things regarding your query and random thoughts. It can be like averaging but more intuitive. I use it as a tool. There is the initial value and recently I learned that there are “underneath” values, meaning things are always what they seem. I use this online calculator and a regular calculator offline:

    it is more practical to choose money then take up passion once one is comfortable with money and can afford a good living in Simple Gematria equals: 1120 (one=34 one=34 two=58 zero=64 = 190/140/158/68/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1)
    money in Simple Gematria equals: 72 (seven=65 two=58 = 123/6/3 cycle)
    9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle (difficult = 90)
    passion in Simple Gematria equals: 93 (nine=42 three=56=98/17/8/4/2/1)
    12/6/3 divided by 2 = 1.5 = 6 divided by 2 = 3 cyle (life, death, rebirth)
    being practical in Simple Gematria equals: 120 (one=34 two=58 zero=64 = 156/12/3 cycle)
    3 divided by 2 = 1.5 = 6 divided by 2 = 3 cycle
    doing what you love to do for a living in Simple Gematria equals: 383 (three=56 eight=49 three=56 = 161/8/4/2/1)
    14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 or 14/7 divided by 2
    money may not buy happiness it is very necessary in Simple Gematria equals: 551 (five=42 five=42 one = 34 = 118 – man=28)
    11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10/1 or 10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    working to live in Simple Gematria equals: 180 (one=34 eight=49 zero=64 = 147/57/12/6/3 cycle) 9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle – interesting to intially see the value is a difficult cycle and the “underneath” is a natural 3 cycle.
    living to work in Simple Gematria equals: 175 (one=34 seven=65 five =42 = 141/6/3 cycle)
    13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10/1 or 10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    survival in Simple Gematria equals: 124 (one=34 two=58 four=60 =152/8/4/2/1)
    7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    heed a call in Simple Gematria equals: 51 (five=42 one=34 = 76/13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2)
    6/3 cycle
    doing what you were born to do in Simple Gematria equals: 316 (three=56 one=34 six=52 =142) 10/1 or 10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    taking a risk to be happy in this life in Simple Gematria equals: 339 (three=56 three=56 nine=42 = 154/10/1 or 10/5 – people=69) 69/15/6/3 cycle
    *earth = 52 world = 72 and planet = 68 – you can see these when a divided by 2 starts to happen. The two sides of yourself considering your place on the earth and in the material world.
    All totaled = 3524/86/14/5 divided by 2 or 14/7 divided by 2

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  4. I too was laughed at for wanting to pursue a writing career. Alas it was the only thing besides acting I was passionate about. So I left school and began the working girl life. Most days I hate my job. If money was not an issue, I would have definitely picked passion. Hopefully one day working will allow me to follow my passion comfortably.

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  5. my recipe, in the times such questions mattered, was always to do many and varied things — which oddly enough, revealed itself to be ‘what I love’… make yourself rich, with experience and depth of complexity, and then you will become valuable enough in potential to simply do what you like. avoid the anxiety of defining yourself: this is for others who lack imagination. 🙂

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  6. Todos tenemos una pasión por algo, pero la realidad es otra y tenemos que ser realistas, necesitamos dinero para vivir. En mi caso, quería estudiar medicina , pero no pude por lo costosa de ésta, y terminé estudiando negocios y gracias a Dios me va bien. Quiero ser escritora, pero por pasión, si llega dinero, bien, y si no, no importa, lo haré por pasión. Un abrazo


  7. It’s all about how you see things. Initially I didn’t like doing what I am doing right now, I wanted to pursue writing, but I didn’t cause I was so scared of the ‘what ifs’ so I took a safer option. But during my college two thing were clear ‘I can be who I want to be’ and ‘interests can be generated with practice’ and here I am today, completing my engineering with distinction, totally loving it but side by side pursuing writing as well.
    People have told me that you should focus on one thing, but I really don’t see a point. If I an devote time to both, what’s the problem?

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