Doing What You Love
I’ve grown up in a society that always talks about work/life balance. We have this idea that work and life are separate; that we should work all week and then do what we’re passionate about as a hobby, or on the side. I have the belief that if you’re doing it right, it’s all life. Work and passion should not be two different things, but rather one in the same. The ideal scenario is to make money doing what you’re passionate about.
This isn’t the traditional view of making a living, and that’s exactly why millennials are at the forefront of this new lifestyle. My entire life, I watched my parents do jobs that they weren’t happy doing. I think the majority of millennials would say the same. We were told, “Don’t be like this. Do something you enjoy.
It’s important to me that I do not settle, because I know my time here is limited. I understand deeply, now more than ever, that life goes by fast. I do not have the luxury of putting off my passion for a few years to try to force a job to work out just so I have a reliable income. The time to chase dreams is now. In this moment. It always has been, and it always will be. There’s never an ideal time, and life makes sure of that.
When I’m on my death bed, I do not want to have regrets. I want to smile at the risks I took and the dreams I chased. So how do you make it happen? How do you make money doing what you’re passionate about? One word: sacrifice. I want to travel the world, I want to buy a new car and own my own house, and I want those things right now. I absolutely could have those things if I took a high paying job. Maybe I wouldn’t be happy, but I would have that short-term satisfaction.
“He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” – James Allen
I say sacrifice, because in the beginning, financial stability is rare. Chasing your passion requires a lot of hard work and a huge time commitment initially. You will lose if you spend your time taking weekend trips, watching football games, or hanging out watching Netflix. To make a living doing what you love to do, means working 20 hours a day, every day, for years and years.
Some may say, “Well it sucks having to make that sacrifice. But here’s the beautiful part about it: it doesn’t suck, because for 20 hours a day, every day, you’re doing what you love. That’s where true, genuine happiness comes from. Not material objects, but perfecting a craft and having the freedom to pursue that perfection.
In the coming years, the workplace will not be shackled to 9-5. More and more people, especially millennials, will pursue passion over stability. Employers will have to make dramatic changes if they have any hope of keeping up.