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8 Reasons Passion Trumps Money Any Day of the Week

‘Should I go for something I am passionate about or go for the money?’ I hear people ask this question a lot when looking for a new direction in life. The truth is, if they had a passion already they wouldn’t be asking the question.

The good thing is it is never too late to discover your passion. I am passionate about quite a few things and lucky to be able to work in those areas. I found that whilst working in a particular area, say film, I could go for days without eating properly and wouldn’t notice. I could go for days without sleep and not notice because I had that extra supply of adrenalin energy you get from doing what you enjoy. How do you know if you’ve found your passion? If circumstance doesn’t dictate how often you do it or how long you stick to it and if you would do it regardless of pay, there’s a good chance this is what you should be doing!

If you are at a crossroads and have asked yourself the question of passion or money, I humbly recommend going for passion every time. Below are 8 reasons why:

1. The days are longer if you are not passionate about what you are doing.
Ever been out on an enjoyable date and the hours flew by? Imagine getting paid to work for what seems like a few hours a day when in reality it is 8 or 9. That’s what passion does for you.

2. Working for money is tiring and soul destroying in the long run. Working with passion means never having trouble getting out of bed to get to work. Sure you could be physically tired occasionally, but when tired is coupled with a job that is tolerated for all the wrong reasons, everything is that much harder and much more of a drudge.

Now you might question how one can be expected to be fussy about one’s line of work in these tight budgeted times, or if you have responsibilities. The short answer is that these times won’t last. If it is not something you can change tomorrow you can start planning it so you are ready when the tide turns.
Very little that is worthwhile and sturdy was built on a whim in one day. Plan. Research.

3. The money will more than likely come anyway because you are effortlessly putting in the hours without even feeling them. I can vouch for that personally.

4. Should the money fade you will still have passion. This is a very privileged position. There are a lot of people who have not found their passion. With both money and passion together it will be mind blowing…I promise.

5. It is harder to be mis-directed from your path when you have passion. You get a stronger gut feeling with true passion. It comes from having studied an area of interest for a long time. You become more confident about yourself and your subject.

6. Not many people are fulfilled by money. I have spent a lot of time in very monied company. One thing that hung over me like a bad smell was a deep sense of dissatisfaction and disenchantment. If this was merely a few people I had met I would pass it off as coincidence. However this was not the case. On the other hand, my time with folks on the other end of the spectrum in various parts of the world was fairly rich and joyful. The trick is to have both! Financial satisfaction and fulfillment.

7. True passion comes from within and therefore is one of the few things that we have absolute control over. Even if we are careful with our own money, banks, governments or pension fund managers can do things on our behalf that diminishes our hard won cash. Only we can allow our passion to diminish or grow.

8. Passion is magical and intangible. Unlike money it cannot be stolen or taken. For example, the folks who go on talent shows and listen to a judge being negative about them and then emerge tearfully saying that their ‘career’ is all over never had true passion or undaunted desire in the first place.

The judge may even be right about their lack of sufficient natural talent, but that would never stop someone with drive and passion.
We could all probably name a few famous names who have more passionate drive than outstanding talent.

All in all go for passion. If you are not familiar with your passion yet, keep looking. You will know when you find it. You can monetize your passion, you cannot ‘passionize’ or impassion your money. In other words, your passion can earn you money, but your money will never earn you passion.

Pea writes for Simple Humble – a website celebrating simplicity and beautiful, simple things.

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35 Responses to 8 Reasons Passion Trumps Money Any Day of the Week

  1. money can not be a passion! and in the wake of money, too, do not need to go. they do not always bring the same amount of joy! You can be poor but happy!

  2. M. Tohami says:

    I believe that if you do what you’re passionate about, money will follow in totally unexpected ways. You just need to trust your heart.

  3. Clint Cora says:

    I agree to some part on this as I’ve noticed that a lot of people in Cuba and other parts of the world where the folks are certainly not rich, seem to still be quite happy.

  4. Clint Cora says:

    I certainly agree that working purely for money is really soul destroying.  I stayed too long in the corporate world during my 20+ year career in there.  Many days, I was just counting the hours and hoping they would go by faster.  I’m much happier now that I’m working in areas that I’m passionate about.

    Some of my passions are not inexpensive so the money is still a factor.  At least my corporate career did a good job in financing my martial arts competition travel all those years.  Now, I’m able to earn right in most of my areas of passions.  It sometimes takes a bit of time to work them in so this is all not as easy as it sounds but it is possible.

  5. Pea says:

    Thank you for your contribution pay for paper. You certainly can be poor but happy – you can also be rich and happy too. Therefore it is up to the individual to find passion and happiness which is not automatic whether one is rich or poor.

  6. Pea says:

    Hello Clint, yes I have seen this phenomena too. Likewise the people I have met who are very wealthy but dissatisfied don’t have to be that way if they invest in some of the activities that less materialistic people do.

    Thanks for contributing!

  7. Pea says:

    I hear this a lot Mr Tohami and I have said similar above, but to be honest – I’m not…quite…so…sure that that is all there is to the ‘formula’. And I speak as one who has experienced this ‘formula’ working personally. But finding your passion is definitely a great starting point because IF the money comes, it will be earned much easier and from a place of enjoyment. I appreciate your comment.

  8. Pea says:

    You are right – it is not easy, but neither was working in a soul destroying environment. And you are right again, easy or not, it’s possible.

  9. Boldermind says:

    Passion is one of the many drivers to satisfaction…We can never enjoy or love what we are doing without our burning desire to do it — THE PASSION.

  10. Antonia says:

    Hi Pea,

    Yes! I Love this post, and am so happy you wrote it! Indeed, I too have seen those with less financially who are living very fulfilling and happy lives (Costa Rica is another great example). On the flip side, I’ve met many discontented wealthy people. Following our passions bridges this, and is worth exploring till its found.. Beautiful! 

  11. Sean says:

    Very true, do what you’re passionate about with extreme value and the money will come.

  12. Pea says:

    Antonia! Lovely to see you here! It’s that simple really isn’t it? In the end it is almost an incongruous coupling choosing between passions or money and I decided to put my slant on it because I hear this conversation an awful lot.

  13. Basically both are inter related. People make money only when they are passionate about something. Otherwise to maintain the intensity is difficult. 

  14. Pea says:

    “Passion is one of the many drivers to satisfaction.” Amen Boldermind. I couldn’t agree more. Passion is so undervalued from school to the work place and yet can be the difference to a mediocre or amazing life.

  15. Justin says:

    I agree with you Pea. When doing something that i am not passionate about the day seems to drag but when I am doing something that I enjoy; like blogging their seems to not be enough hours in the day.

  16. Pea says:

    Hello Justin, always good to hear from you. I think that is the secret to a satisfying life. Working without knowing it! :)

  17. Pea says:

    Hello ‘Dental’ – I hear you loud and clear – although I’m not exactly saying that. Because you are passionate about something it does not always equal finance without luck and business judgement.

    Thank you for your comments!

  18. Pea says:

    Thank you for your comments Sean. I do not exactly say that and I do not accept that belief in it’s raw form with out a disclaimer or explanation. I hear this a lot and I think it is quite misleading. Rather than do this here in a comment I will do a post on my experience of this fallacy and my experience of earning plentifully doing what I love to explain why I do not agree.

    I wish you all the best.

  19. Okudunle Ijo says:

    Yes I would agree Pea very mucch that we must go for passion in work, love and life!

  20. I agree Pea, go for the passion.  In my opinion, if you are passionate about something and can apply that to create an income, it will all fall into place when it should.  It’s a lot more fun doing what you love and the days just fly by then sitting at a JOB and watching that clock slowly tick by.  

    Great post and a great topic!


  21. Pea says:

    Thank you for your contribution pay for paper. You certainly can be poor
    but happy – you can also be rich and happy too. Therefore it is up to
    the individual to find passion and happiness which is not automatic
    whether one is rich or poor.

  22. Pea says:

    Absolutely Adrienne! Key words that people miss is ‘if you can apply that to create an income.’ That is never just a given and if you don’t make lots of money out of it you still have a wonderful, hopefully life-long passion. It’s always great to see you, thanks for commenting and have a great weekend rest.

  23. Awesome post.  Following your passion is rewarding in itself.  The money will come in one way or another.  I am a firm believer in “do what you love and love what you do” – Life is too short.

  24. Thanks for the awesome post.  I am a firm believer in “Do what you love and love what you do” – My motto is “Follow Your Passion” – life is too short not to.  The money will come in some way or another.

  25. Thanks for the awesome post.  I am a firm believer in “Do what you love and love what you do” My motto is “Follow Your Passion” – life is too short not to.  The money will come…

  26. Pea says:

    Hello Cynthia! I’m so glad you liked it so much that you said it 3 times! :)
    You are right life is really too shot to be unnecessarily unhappy doing things you do not love. Thanks for your comments.

  27. Ig says:

    It doesn´t work that way. The way to DESTROY you passion for anything is doing it for money. Your passion is your passion, something you like doing wether you get paid or not. The way to maintain that passion is not trivializing it and making it a job. A job is a job, something you do for money. Pick something you can put up with and that pays nicely. It´s a win-win situation. If it pays well you got at least one reason for ending up  liking it. If you still do not like it at least you will have to work less years to get financially independent. DO not fall for this “follow you passion” speech… I followed it and never got to really do what I love because… guess what… you have to sacrifice you passion to fulfill your clients or employers will… It´s not like you can do what you love the way you love doing it. You will have to do what you love in THEIR way, like they want it, when they want it… because you are getting paid for it.

  28. Having spent some time in L.A., I know several people who have pursued their passion for years and the money has never come. Typically they’ve failed to be open to 1) continuous feedback and improvement 2) a different spin on their passion. Actors who stop studying, avoid critique, and refuse to take roles below a certain status come to mind. They’re passionate about their art, but confused about how to make it happen.
    Los Angeles is a  tough city  to survive in when you’re broke. And most of these people have taken on other jobs just to make ends meet while they pursue their dreams.

  29. Pea says:

    Thank you for your contribution Ig. I do not have the same experience as you. Whilst my passion is not driven by money I knew there was money in my passion so there was no reason not to go for it.

    There is also no reason why a job cannot be your passion. I have had jobs to fill in time and earn money but the majority of my jobs were my passion. The only reason that you had to do what you love in the way your employers demanded is because that was the nature of your job. I am sure someone like Ralph Lauren or Lady GaGa does not have that problem…and neither do I.

    You cannot expect to make independent decisions about your work if you have not positioned yourself to do so. You cannot work at somebody else’s company – i.e someone who did what you are saying cannot be done – and tell them how to run their own company. Of course you have to fulfill your client or employers will.

    If you went into a cafe and ordered a coffee would you have no problem if the waitress said her passion was Coca Cola and therefore that is what she insists on serving you?
    You would think she was nuts wouldn’t you? Alternatively if you owned the cafe you serve what you choose. Own the cafe, or another way of putting it is own your own destiny. Try finding out about Cynthia Cosco’s story above. She owned her destiny.

  30. Pea says:

    True Candice, and hello, good to see you over here! I wonder sometimes if they really know what their passion is? If your passion is acting – you will act. There are theatre groups everywhere. I think folks sometimes get confused between acting – or being an artist and being famous. That confusion means they do not have a clear trajectory of how to get where they want to be.

    No one can stop you from acting if that is the real passion, but the string pullers of Hollywood can stop you from being famous in Hollywood if you are not prepared to do what is required to be famous in Hollywood. I have spent time there too. It is a cauldron of desperation.

  31. Sam says:

    It’s not true that if you aren’t working in the area of your passion, that you haven’t yet discovered it.  I know what my passion is but it’s a field that is extremely male-dominated and it’s very difficult for anyone (male or female, esp female) to make any kind of living from unless you’re very very lucky.   I’ve done some work in this area but it didn’t provide enough for me to sustain myself and my basic needs.  So, when I ask this question, it comes from a very practical place.  Yes, It woud be mind-blowing to do what I love and make enough money (I do not have extravagant needs) but I need to be able to take care of myself now and when I am older b/c I live in a capitalist culture and that puts limits on how much time i can spend not making money. 

  32. Alee3612 says:

    This is soo true! Thank you for putting this article up here. I’m thankful I am going for my deepest passion, even though my mother tried swaying me away to something “less dangerous and more stability.”

  33. Waldana says:

     Candice –  I live in LA too and see this phenomenon in many people!  I work with talent and I’m always disappointed that so many are so darn sure that everything they wrote is so freakin’ perfect, that they never change or grow or learn or adapt. 

    Those who HUMBLY follow their passion and learn, adapt and grow in their craft are the ones who eventually get the money attached to their passion.

  34. Jo Morano says:

    “You can monetize your passion, you cannot ‘passionize’ or impassion your money.” -badly needed this!

    I am now at a crossroads in my career, exchanging my high-paying job for what I really want to do despite the disapproval of others. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Thanks! :)

  35. Jo Morano says:

    same dilemma here!

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