Lately I’ve been pondering if you even need to enjoy your job. I mean, money is money, right? Shouldn’t your main priority be to put food on the table? Should you have to stress about how much you enjoy the actual work that you get paid to do?
Everyone is telling you that you must follow your passions these days. This seems to be the popular topic going around. You know the drill by now. It goes something like this:
This seems to be the general follow your passions model that’s going around. Do you have to follow this process?
I don’t think so. As much as I love doing work that I enjoy, I definitely see the other side to the equation here. I understand why some folks don’t care about following their passions or pouring their heart into their work.
What’s the argument against following your passions?
If your current job pays you well and your hitting your financial goals, then what’s the problem? None. It would be nice to start an iguana grooming business that allows you to go rock climbing in Thailand, but it’s not mandatory. Sometimes you just want to make money to pay the bills, build your savings, and go on some trips in the process.
What about the freedom?
I won’t lie. I love being my own boss, but it certainly has its downfalls. It really does suck compared to a regular job where you can just leave and not have to worry about anything else.
When I go to my part-time gig I love it. I put in my time and leave.
When you follow your passions you’re responsible for everything. You’re in charge of accounting, marketing, sales, content, communications, and anything else that you can imagine. For some this can be fun. For others this will feel like never ending torture.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put in your 8 hours and then head home to do whatever you want to do. Some of us just want to put in our time at work and then forget about it. Not everyone wants to think about work all of the time. There are better things to focus on and keep you happy.
With your current job you can do your work and not have to worry about other departments or other areas.
This is the article for everyone out there that’s tired of being told to follow their passions. If you like your job, then stick with it. If you like reading personal finance advice, then keep on reading. Just ignore that articles that try to put you down for having a real job.
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