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Friday, October 21, 2011

Do What You Love or What Pays The Bills?

 We’ve all heard it throughout our lives, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Not so fast, Kemo Sabe. That advice sounds nice but following it could easily land you in the poor house.

“You’ve got to find what you love.  The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  The only to do  great work is to love what you do.  So keep looking. Don’t settle.”
                           – Steve Jobs

Isn’t it interesting that when someone is either rich and / or famous, they often get quoted? I’d be willing to bet that between your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, someone has dropped a few clever nuggets of wisdom on you but no one was around to write them down.

Why?

Because they weren’t rich or famous.

"You want to have a passion for what you are doing. You don't want to wait until 80 to have sex."                                                                    – Warren Buffet

Makes sense but if you’ve got money like Buffet you won’t need to wait until 80 to have sex. Unless of course, you wanted to. I would argue that it’s much easier to talk like this when the thing(s) you love to do are the things that bring you great wealth and fame.

“If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
   - Steve Jobs

Probably not. But the rent is due and the kids need to eat so you’ll likely go ahead and do it all the while praying that today isn’t the last day of your life!

Sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do.  It’s nice to sit around and talk about your dream job but oftentimes it just isn’t feasible. We get fed these “rags to riches” type stories all the time.  Did you ever notice that we only hear about “do what you love” success stories. 

I admit they are uplifting but when was the last time you heard about some homeless dude who’s been chasing his dream while eating from dumpsters. That story just doesn’t sell. Which do you think happens more often?

“You only live once, and they way I live, once is enough.” – Frank Sinatra

Think about it. Even the great Ansel Adams had a job to support his family while he captured those fabulous images he became famous for.

What do you think? Which is more advisable: To do what you love or do what pays the bills? How about some combination of the two?

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