What's more important - having fun or making money?

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A work colleague suggested having fun was more important than making money.

This threw me for a moment. Is it? What do you all think?
I know you can do both - but in an either or situation, what is more important?

cheers
Geoff
#fun #imortant #making #money
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Jordan
    Both. But in an either situation -making money. Don't overdo it though that you get stressed out. Money should bring in some fun
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  • Profile picture of the author vicone
    Why do you have to choose? I find it fun to make money.

    I happily work long hours because I enjoy what I'm doing and on a number of occasions I've started new businesses that have sprung from my interests. Opportunities simply presented themselves and I followed my natural enthusiasm for the subject.

    If you are properly focused on the things that you want, you'll start to see ideas and opportunities that will point you in a direction which helps you to satisfy both a desire to have fun and to make money while doing so.

    I don't see that you have to choose but a wise man (Joseph Campbell) once said: "follow your bliss".

    [As an aside: Campbell collaborated with Bill Moyers on the PBS series The Power of Myth, which was first broadcast in 1988. In The Power of Myth Campbell quotes from the novel:

    Campbell: "Have you ever read Sinclair Lewis' Babbit?"
    Moyers: "Not in a long time."
    Campbell: "Remember the last line? 'I have never done a thing that I wanted to do in all my life.' That is a man who never followed his bliss."

    Quoted from Wikipedia.]

    Ivan
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    • Profile picture of the author thenextcameron
      Originally Posted by vicone View Post

      Why do you have to choose? I find it fun to make money.

      I happily work long hours because I enjoy what I'm doing and on a number of occasions I've started new businesses that have sprung from my interests. Opportunities simply presented themselves and I followed my natural enthusiasm for the subject.

      If you are properly focused on the things that you want, you'll start to see ideas and opportunities that will point you in a direction which helps you to satisfy both a desire to have fun and to make money while doing so.

      I don't see that you have to choose but a wise man (Joseph Campbell) once said: "follow your bliss".

      [As an aside: Campbell collaborated with Bill Moyers on the PBS series The Power of Myth, which was first broadcast in 1988. In The Power of Myth Campbell quotes from the novel:

      Campbell: "Have you ever read Sinclair Lewis' Babbit?"
      Moyers: "Not in a long time."
      Campbell: "Remember the last line? 'I have never done a thing that I wanted to do in all my life.' That is a man who never followed his bliss."

      Quoted from Wikipedia.]

      Ivan


      I agree every word you said. ^_^

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  • Profile picture of the author juniorbiz
    Both have their limits, only when you can do both is it ever going to be truly fulfilling.

    You can have as much fun as you want, but you are limited to how much fun by how much money you have, unless you are easily amused. Also, sooner or later, not being able pay for a lot of things you'd want or especially need just drains the fun out of anything since you're always worrying about money.

    On the other hand, you could be making a lot of money, but you could be stuck at the most back-breaking job, or you could be working online for hours on end everyday just to sustain that kind of income on the internet, but what's the use if you never get to have the freedom to spend and have fun with the money?

    So, conclusion is both are equally important, but 100% potential of importantness (running low on vocabs lol) cannot be achieved until both are achieved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnnyfx
    IMO both are important. But If I had to chose 1, I would choose making money.

    "follow the money" like Warren Buffett used to say
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  • Profile picture of the author hkkchew
    i think make money comes first and you need to have some fun while making money
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    If you can't do both you're either doing it wrong
    or you should be doing something else.

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    • Profile picture of the author Avdo
      Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

      If you can't do both you're either doing it wrong
      or you should be doing something else.

      Tsnyder
      agree 100%.. both things are "must" in this business in order to be successful
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  • Profile picture of the author Trev_23
    Putting food on the table for your family should always come before having fun.

    The best option is to do something that you enjoy doing and ensures you live comfortably
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  • Profile picture of the author aandersen
    without balance you are going to burnout for sure. if you dont reward yourself every now and then you will eventually ask yourself "why am i doing all of this"

    you can't have fun without income, but income wont last unless you have some fun
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  • Profile picture of the author Kella Bella
    Everything in life is what you make it. I think you can make the process of making money fun and that's a win-win situation to me :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
    Once you get your business to a point that the money you make is enough to pay your bills etc. etc. then you can start having fun. I remember working really hard in the beginning every second I had free I would work on my business at times all night long.

    Would I change that no I did it because if you really want something no matter what it takes you will go for it and thats what I did. I didnt have a mentor and that was a big mistake so I just have to find out things on my own. But it should be a balance and they both can be fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    I think both are equally important. But if you have tons of bills to pay and you are not making much money, I do not think that any person in this situation would be having fun in the activity that they are doing.

    For me personally, I would get the cash flow coming in first and then focus on the fun activity to do which will brings in more cash flow

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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    I'd say making money first then fun comes in after. You're having fun will last only until you run out of resources.
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    • Profile picture of the author Geoff A
      Thanks everyone for the cool replies!

      Originally Posted by vicone View Post

      Why do you have to choose?

      I don't see that you have to choose but a wise man (Joseph Campbell) once said: "follow your bliss".



      Quoted from Wikipedia.]



      Ivan
      Really good quote!

      Originally Posted by Trev_23 View Post

      Putting food on the table for your family should always come before having fun.

      The best option is to do something that you enjoy doing and ensures you live comfortably
      Good point as well. I think that although this question looks straight forward, it has many layers to it. I have met some successful people that refuse to do anything if it is not fun! Whether this would apply if they were in a different financial position is unknown

      Should newbies focus on fun or money when they begin IM?
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
    I think both too. If you're having fun making money then it's the best possible combination. The fun thing about internet marketing is not 'knowing' how much you are going to make each month. I think if your earnings were set in stone it would remove a lot of the fun from the equation. Uncapped earnings is always fun, no matter what you earn. It's the possibilities that make IM interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author rypher21
    both thing is important...makin it balance
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Having fun.

      Making money is just so one has the money to have fun.

      I'm fortunate that in my business I do things that are fun. My wife thinks I'm a workaholic, but I have so much fun creating video lessons and my PDF guides that I find it hard to stop. That leads to me making money, which we then spend on travels and going out to good restaurants (more fun).

      Yes! My life revolves around having fun. Life is too short not to have fun, and it would be too long if you weren't.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Well to me making money is FUN! Then you can use your money to have more fun.

    However some people just waste all their money having fun, then when they're older...they are poor and never have any fun.

    Big difference?!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
      Originally Posted by Ernie Lonardo View Post


      However some people just waste all their money having fun
      Oxymoron if you ask me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
        Not really. I dont mean going out, dinners and getting drunk....thats all worth it IMO.

        what I mean is ....buying every latest gadget like iphones, ipads and other crap you dont really need is having fun for a while untill the next new shiny thing comes along.....waste of money if you ask me.

        Originally Posted by Gary McCaffrey View Post

        Oxymoron if you ask me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    Having fun is way more important. The ONLY thing that makes money important is facilitating the fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, afterall.
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    The reason why so many people are into internet marketing is because they all want to have fun while making money. Read up on 4 Hour Work Week or search through Youtube and look for 4hww videos to see what people are doing with their lif. How they are having fun while making money.

    You need to have both because life is short, don't put everything to the end
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  • Profile picture of the author jrichy88
    I read a business book once wrote by Richard Branson where he continuously quotes "Have fun and the money will come"

    But I'm sure there's a limit to the fun right?
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    • Profile picture of the author SuzanneR
      Weird...I saw this just as I was just thinking about a recent conversation I had about how we're all pretty much wired to avoid pain.

      Seems like having fun directly correlates to that.

      I think having fun is at the top of my list of priorities...however, money is a means to fun.

      BTW--my definition of fun is a relatively low stress life, comfort--and having the freedom to pursue my interests (which I consider fun).
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    • Profile picture of the author marketing online
      some people are having fun whithout having enough money
      and some people have a lot of money whithout having fun
      it depends on your personality
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    My primary motive is to learn more than have fun or make money.
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    I have no agenda but to help those in the same situation. This I feel will pay the bills.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrYossu
    Originally Posted by Geoff A View Post

    A work colleague suggested having fun was more important than making money.

    This threw me for a moment. Is it? What do you all think?
    I know you can do both - but in an either or situation, what is more important?

    cheers
    Geoff
    If I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose having fun any day. If you're having fun, who cares if you're not making money? If not making money bothers you so much, then you won't be having fun. Therefore, having fun automatically excludes not making enough money to keep you happy. Ipso facto, having fun is far more important.

    That was a piece of pseudo-logic, from someone with a PhD in mathematical logic (honest), and enough years since graduation to forget most of the dull stuff!

    Ta ra
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    • Profile picture of the author Geoff A
      Originally Posted by MrYossu View Post

      If I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose having fun any day. If you're having fun, who cares if you're not making money? If not making money bothers you so much, then you won't be having fun. Therefore, having fun automatically excludes not making enough money to keep you happy. Ipso facto, having fun is far more important.

      That was a piece of pseudo-logic, from someone with a PhD in mathematical logic (honest), and enough years since graduation to forget most of the dull stuff!

      Ta ra
      Alan
      Awesome! Love the logic
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Making money IS fun.

    By the way, there is no right or wrong answer, there is only what is right for you at this particular time of your life. I just hope when you younger folks are older you don't find that you spent all your time having fun and you have nothing to live on when you're elderly. I've seen plenty of people forced to work until they die because they couldn't afford to retire. It's sad.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrYossu
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Making money IS fun.

      By the way, there is no right or wrong answer, there is only what is right for you at this particular time of your life. I just hope when you younger folks are older you don't find that you spent all your time having fun and you have nothing to live on when you're elderly. I've seen plenty of people forced to work until they die because they couldn't afford to retire. It's sad.
      Yup, but I've also seen people who spent their whole life making money, and realised too late that they never stopped to enjoy the wife, the kids, the flowers, the summer, etc.

      You need to find a balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author gubwell12
    For me making money with little bit of fun works best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepak Media
    Making money is the easy part, having fun is the hard part. This is called ADD - Adventure Deficit Disorder.
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  • Profile picture of the author balara
    I guess it depends on whether or not you are broke at the time you have to make the choice.

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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Nolan
    Originally Posted by Geoff A View Post

    A work colleague suggested having fun was more important than making money.

    This threw me for a moment. Is it? What do you all think?
    I know you can do both - but in an either or situation, what is more important?

    cheers
    Geoff
    Nobody wants to be a millionaire. Being a millionaire sucks... Having to deal with all the taxes, legal issues that are sure to arise and always wondering if your friends are your friends because of your money or not.

    People want the life experiences and freedom of a millionaire. They want to be able to travel, or get that cool new car, or not have to worry about income. And that is significantly faster and easier than becoming a millionaire.

    So there's no reason why you can't be happy and be wealthy. However if I had to choose... ultimately money gives you the tool to achieve your ultimate objective... fun.

    So Fun is more important.
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  • Profile picture of the author Winlin
    Originally Posted by Geoff A View Post

    A work colleague suggested having fun was more important than making money.

    This threw me for a moment. Is it? What do you all think?
    I know you can do both - but in an either or situation, what is more important?

    cheers
    Geoff
    This reminds me of the Quote "I work to live not live to work" .... you need to find your own balance and to each of us we assign a different level of importance.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    IMO Being happy is the most important thing.

    But although money doesn't buy happiness, it sure helps
    a lot.

    I have fun when I make money
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  • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
    Having fun but I say that from a comfortable position now. There have been times when the lack of money was so worrying and stressful that I would have chosen money then fun.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikebrooks
      I hate the term 'Making Money'. I take it literally, like I'd be working at the U.S. Mint running a press. Like when I used to make Whoppers at Burger King. I hated that job!

      I prefer to look at it as receiving way more money than I could ever spend.

      With that said, I think if you don't find your way of receiving a ton of money to be, if not fun, somewhat enjoyable, you won't last doing it.

      I love what I do. So the money comes to me way easier and faster than it used to when I hated what I did.

      There always must be balance. If your out of balance, life always seems to find away to put it into balance, for the better or the worse.
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