by IM Pro
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I have picked up a few products from well know people and a message that I've been hearing a lot is do what you love - don't do it for the money.

My only concern is doesn't it turn your passion into a job?

I'd like to hear some people who have tried this and whether they have had success or it is one of those things people just say.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    That is a concern. Don't make your passion a job. Have multiple passions. Have outside passions other than your job yet your job can still be enjoyable.
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    • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
      Hi,

      This is really important to do what you like. It's can make a big difference with your happiness. A job is not job when you have a passion for it.

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  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    I agree, that is, do things you love to do.

    Solve Your Problems in the Direction of Your Passions

    However, be aware. Love may be blind, but turning it into a "job" could create problems.

    I once loved golf. I made it my business. I did well. Golf loved me back for a while.

    Then, one day, I woke up as miserable as Tiger Woods on a day after Thanksgiving.

    More miserable than Charlie Sheen without a suitcase full of drugs.

    I started to resent golf. Soon, resentment turned to hate. Finally, I had to kill golf.

    Fortunately, I wasn't charged with anything, since I just buried golf beneath a pile of other passions.

    YES, do what you love. Find your passion.

    Just be aware of how things could turn. Probably won't. But as another poster noted, it is a good idea to have more than one passion, right?

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    Originally Posted by IM Pro View Post

    I have picked up a few products from well know people and a message that I've been hearing a lot is do what you love - don't do it for the money.

    My only concern is doesn't it turn your passion into a job?

    I'd like to hear some people who have tried this and whether they have had success or it is one of those things people just say.
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  • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
    My passion is making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suzanne7557
    I've spent my whole life following my passionS. I too have found that having many passions is best, as eventually you do wind up feeling like you HAVE TO, to pay the bills. Unless you make enough and can take many breaks/vacations persuing your other passions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    The ultimate job is to do what you love and like Craig said - you can turn what you love into a profitable business you'll get up laughing that you actually get money for something you'd do for free.

    Having said that, not all things we love are profitable - but many are and if you can find a way to profit from what you love then you can enjoy your job all the more!
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    My only concern is doesn't it turn your passion into a job?
    Yes.

    Making your passion your primary income provider can kill the passion and your love for it.

    But like anything, there is more to it than a simple slogan.

    Your love for your job has a lot to do with the amount of effort vs. reward.

    Burning the candle at both ends and seeing very little in return can ruin something a lot faster than if you're putting in a reasonable amount of effort and making a killing.

    Often, when successful people say they love their job or are following their passion, they aren't grinding it out 24/7 for years and struggling. They are typically in a comfortable position at the top of their profession and others are grinding it out for them. This doesn't mean they didn't pay their dues or put in the effort but life sure got a lot better for them once they broke through and found success.

    Would Steve Jobs love apple or his job as much if here weren't the CEO but stuck in a cubicle having to code every day for 50k a year?

    For me, I try to keep most of my passions separate from anything that has to do with making money. I already crossed the line with programming and web design and some days are #work { content:I'd rather be doing anything but this; }
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  • Profile picture of the author Aimee Vo
    Sheryl's got a point, look at Amanda Hocking who is close to making a mill dollars in sales from publishing it onto amazon. For the past 8 years she was constantly being turned down by publishers and when she decide to self publish - her books caught on.

    So passions do turn into profits however passions don't pay squat if you don't know how to market yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
      Originally Posted by Aimee Vo View Post

      Sheryl's got a point, look at Amanda Hocking who is close to making a mill dollars in sales from publishing it onto amazon. For the past 8 years she was constantly being turned down by publishers and when she decide to self publish - her books caught on.

      So passions do turn into profits however passions don't pay squat if you don't know how to market yourself.
      a very good point. you can be rewarded for your passions whether it is writing, art, or professional athletics, or you can do a job that you love
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  • Profile picture of the author mello87
    Why cant your passion be a job. If it involved touring the world, and seeing the sights, but it was your job or part of it, i would snap someones arm off for it. If something really is your passion you wouldnt get bored with it. No way. Just my opinion though
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    do it for the $ when you need the $ for a living, and do what you love once you do not have to have the $.

    just be more practical.


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    • Profile picture of the author GeckoTribe
      One of the reasons people burn out when they try to turn their passion into a business is that they don't necessarily have a passion for the business aspect of it. If you can outsource some of that or get a business partner who loves the business side, that could help.

      Another problem is that people ignore the business side of it and get burned out because they're not making any money at it. Same solution -- get somebody else to handle the business side. Until you get to that point, you've at least got to be honest with yourself about which business activities you can and can't ignore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
      The fact has always been and will keep being that ones passion can make him or her money non-stop but your ability to find the selling point of that passion of your is what matters.

      Look into yourself and see what you can provide to others for cash and try to check up the areas or points you would use to project such passion.

      Many people had been searching for you but will never know that you exist till you get to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Avesel
    Are you suggesting that it is a bad idea to turn your passion into a job?
    If so, I find it hard to agree with. Please explain what might be so wrong with that?
    You are awake so many hours anyway, might as well do something more productive than to turn on the TV.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      Don't just do what you love, but think whether there's a need for what you do. Find out the intersection of profit, skill and passion, and that's what you should be focusing on.

      One danger of doing what you love as a job is that when it becomes a job, you lose the love because you're no longer doing it out of love but doing it for the money.
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