- Posted by Val
- On August 1, 2015
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- money, passion
I saw this article which features Alan Watts commentary about doing what you love to do. The title is very catchy, “What If Money Was No Object..” and Alan Watts goes on advicing his audience about doing things that would make you happy and not minding whether there is lots of money in it or not. Towards the end of the video, I was relieved to hear him say that if you actually do something you love doing, eventually people are going to notice and they would be willing to pay a good price for what you are doing.
I was relieved – not because I prefer people considering money more than their passion. I was relieved because he connected individual passion to other people.
The question lingers for every twenty-something graduating college- do I really need to care about money? The realists would say, without batting an eyelash – YES! But the dreamers would say otherwise. As a coach who loves doing career coaching, I would say I sit somewhere in between the realists and the dreamers. I would say it’s a yes and, a no. Why? Read on…
It’s a NO
No – because when you start looking for your passion, you need focus. You need to focus on the activities you do that makes you feel alive. You need to listen to your inner self and understand how your yearnings points you towards your passion. But in order for you to do that, you need to hush down “outside” noises. Noises like: the need to compare yourself with others, your yearning for the material world, and the people around you telling you that your identity as a person is based on the things you can (or cannot) afford to buy. You need to focus when searching for your passion.
It’s a YES
Yes because eventually, you need to have a plan – a plan to live outside of your parents’ support, or a plan to start a family. The kinds of plans which forces you to be responsible. Obviously, how much you earn (money) would be a very practical indication on what responsibilities you may be able to take on in life. Another reason why you should care about money is because, it is a very good tool to measure how much you are adding value to the people around you. If you actually find your passion- you need to SHARE IT. Share it to the people who needs it. Share it to the people who doesn’t realize they need it until you show it to them. Finding your passion would mean nothing if it is only you who is benefiting from it.
Whether you like it or not, money is one of the universal ways people can make you understand that you have added value to their lives. Money is a tool of gratitude- and this is not a bad thing. Christopher McCandles, in the (true-to-life) film, Into The Wild , found his passion for adventure. He stepped into the wild and lived in it like no one of us can in our entire lifetime. However, towards the end, a dying Christopher, alone in the wild, wrote a note that says, “happiness (is) only real when shared”. This hit home run for me.
In the end, your passion and the money you get out of it (possibly) in the future should be two things you consider. Money and passion should not be two opposing ideas- if doing passionate work is a destination for you, then passion should be one of the many components of your compass to ensure that you are on track.
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