Once upon a time, there is a popular advice to follow your passion professionally. “Do what you love, and you will never have to work for a day” or something like that. Now, there is a trend saying “don’t follow your passion, follow the money.” Or even, “following your passion is wrong!”
So, the question is to follow or not to follow? My answer? It’s both.
For me, the biggest misunderstanding here is a failure to understand that there is no single unifying formula in social sciences.
Human has a tendency to romanticize a single answer for every problem. However, it’s just our laziness talking. People also has another weird tendency of dichotomy on different opinions.
Even if you can find a single formula, the variables of our relevant social aspect are just too much to be quantified and too many to consider. For example, let’s say there is a young man named Goat. Yes, he has a weird name. Don’t judge him by his name, please!
Goat is a great writer and he’s graduated from English Literature major. There is also a young woman, Horse, who’s an English Literature student. Will Horse become a great writer too just because she has the same formal education as Goat?
I think a sane person will answer “no”. Why? Because there are so many hidden variables that lead Goat becoming a great writer.
Hypothetically, if we can clone a baby (to make them biologically identical) and make those two babies walk the same path, every single decision even the smallest one (from education, friends, parents, even clothing), will they have the same job?
Let’s get back to the ‘passion’ before Goat and Horse have a baby.
For me, working within your passion is a luxury. I know it because I experienced it couple years ago. That job is like an unforgettable ex to me since it fills out every single personal hobby of mine.
I can testify to the first quote I put in this article that it’s true.
However, if you are an adult, I think you know that reality is just cruel since not everything in your dream is possible. Yes, I know it’s not possible for me to have a date with Kayden Kross.
Also, one of the arguments from the people who’s against following our passion is most people don’t even know their passion. How come we follow something that we don’t know? I agree with this too actually but there is no deadline in finding your passion.
Since I am a practical person, I think the bottom line of the debate is this question, “what is the relevance of following our passion to our happiness?”
For me, in order to be happy, I just need to fulfill two kinds of needs: emotional and financial.
If you follow the money with your job, make sure it has enough money to buy your emotional needs. Yes, I think it’s possible to buy your emotional needs. You can even buy love if you know how.
In the other side, if you follow your passion with your job, make sure it has enough money to fulfill your financial needs. Don’t be a burden for everyone around you.
Another workaround is do your paying job as good as possible, while also being productive about your passion.
My passion right now is writing about these kinds of ‘crazy random’ things or what I called ‘playing with life’.
However, since I’ve tried this before and I can’t make enough money to live from this, I have to work for another company.
I will try to write this kind of writing in my spare time and who knows if I could get lucky.
Even if I don’t get lucky, I’m not afraid to lose my current job since I do it wholeheartedly.
I believe following your passion and following the money are not mutually exclusive.
You could either use money to purchase your passion or use passion to get money. Better yet, you could pursue them both if you want…