If you read this blog or follow any related sites, you’ll know all about the idea of “following your passions.” You know that you have to do what you love or you’re going to have a miserable life (or something like that). You’re supposed to do work that you enjoy. If you have a bad day at work, don’t feel fulfilled, or aren’t happy with something, the only solution is to quit and follow your passions.
Lately I’ve been presented with the other side of the coin. I’ve been in touch with friends that are not into doing work that they enjoy. They just want to get paid and move on with life once their shift is over.
Do you have to follow your passions? What if you just want to make money?
I was talking to a friend about work. He used to be into the idea of enjoying your work and doing cool work. Then he found a high paying job that he doesn’t really care for. Actually, to be honest, I don’t think he likes the job at all. He doesn’t like the work and never talks about the actual job itself.
When I was talking to him about work and money, he made it clear that he doesn’t care about what he does. He says that he only wants to work his 8 hours and then have fun when he’s out of work. He doesn’t want to think about work all of the time. To him a job is just a place you go to work and then leave when the clock says it’s time to go.
This makes perfect sense to me. Not everyone wants to follow their passions, travel the world, or be self-employed. We all have different goals and ideas of what we want out of life.
This is why I launched Start Freelancing Now. I think it’s totally foolish to just randomly jump into some random project without planning for it. This is only possible if you live at home, don’t have any expenses, and don’t care about your savings. I believe that you should keep your current job, while you try to build up your savings and make money on the side.
I’m a bit torn on this one. I don’t think that you should be miserable at your job. I personally think that there’s nothing more annoying than those people that go on Facebook every single Monday morning to complain about how much they hate work. What kind of life is that? If you have to complain every single moment about your job, then I truly feel that you should at least try to find a way out.
I guess it all depends on your views and your upbringing. In some cultures it’s an honor to work. In other cultures, work is something that you do for a small amount of time during the day, while you spend the rest of your time with family. Some families raise their kids to only have a prestigious job and nothing else. We all have different views on work and how we make money.
It’s time to ask the readers– do you have to actually enjoy your job and what you do? Would you be willing to work a job that you don’t care for to make good money?
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