You may believe that it’s a new concept, but it’s an age-old conundrum: Do you take a job that pays well but you can’t raise much enthusiasm for but is steady and secure or do you take a job based on what you’re passionate about doing even though the pay is lower and may not provide the same type of security?
There’s not a person who, upon entering the workforce for the first time, hasn’t had to grapple with this dilemma. It’s also a decision many students face when they first step foot in college. It’s at this time you’re encouraged to declare a major and it feels as if it’s a decision that will brand you for the rest of your life.
Perhaps you’ve already clashed with either your parents or well-intended friends or even instructors who tell you that following your dreams won’t necessarily yield a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Many parents, finding they can’t talk their children out of following their dream, at least caution them to have a “Plan B.”
Should You Follow Your Passion?
That’s a question only you can answer. But there are a few reasons why working at something you love doing beats working at a job just for the money and security.
- Imagine your life 30 years from now.
Can you see yourself three decades from now still working at a job for security, health insurance, and the money?
Now close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like working at your passion for thirty years?
Can you honestly say that if you choose a job just for the monetary gain, could you see yourself waking up in the morning eager to start your day?
If you can’t, then you need to re-think working for security and not passion.
- Remember that working at your passion and making money need not be mutually exclusive.
There are many individuals working in careers they love and making a great living and I’m not just talking about entrepreneurs. Many writers have found ways to make money. Others who have attended art school have been pleasantly surprised to find their talent in demand. They may not be creating the next Van Gogh, but they are using their inherent creativity – and they’re happy.
- Work won’t feel like work
Sure, regardless of where you work and what you do, you’ll have bad days. But if you follow your passion and work at what you love, those days passion, those days will be few and far apart. You’ll discover that work seems less like work and more like play. You’ll discover once you start your day, how well it could flow and how fast the hours you spend at work pass.
- If you follow your passion, you’ll be more productive.
Why? Because you’re doing something you care about. You’re more than likely to throw yourself into your work. If you’re assigned to come up with a new perspective in an area you don’t have a true and abiding interest in, it’s far more difficult to come up with fresh ideas.
- No amount of money compensates you for working at a career you not only feel apathetic about, but you hate.
Sure, no one is saying the money isn’t sweet. And after a few years of working at a job you hate you can’t help but be impressed with the compensation. But there isn’t enough money in the world to stay with a job because of a paycheck. Many people who have tried it say they feel more like a slave than an employee.
The longer you stay in a position simply because of the money, the harder it is to walk away from.
- Working overtime doesn’t seem like such a sacrifice.
In fact, if you get into “the zone” as many persons do when they follow their passion, you’ll notice the overtime you occasionally need to put in won’t seem like a sacrifice at all.
If you’re “forced” to work overtime at a job that you usually countdown the hours till you can leave on time, working even an hour or two longer could be difficult.
- Consider the amount of fulfillment you get when you do what you love.
You can’t put a price tag on fulfillment. You can’t put a price tag on respect. If your job isn’t fulfilling it, if you’re not getting the respect you deserve, then again, the size of the paycheck in the long run doesn’t usually matter.
I’m not saying you should follow your passion in choosing a career, but you certainly need to consciously weigh the pros and cons of your ultimate decision. Only you can decide to follow your dream.
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