Kirk was a college English professor, but his love was writing science fiction. He taught during the day, and in his off hours wrote short stories. He’s sold a few, but hasn’t really hit the big time yet. He doesn’t stop. No matter the amount of money, he’s doing what he loves.
Not making large amounts of money shouldn’t stop you from Doing what you love. If you are taking care of your responsibilities, the fulfillment of your life’s dream will be compensation enough. Who’s to say it won’t eventually yield results.
John Grisham, a rather small time lawyer dreamed of writing legal thrillers. Awakening early each morning, he’d take time to scratch out his writing on a legal pad then take it to work with him. During the day, whenever he had a snip of time, he’d pull out his pad and write. His first couple of books took quite a while to finish, and he didn’t make much money, but when his success finally came, it came big.
Now as a best-selling author of legal thrillers, he’s retired from the legal profession to write full time. Until then, he was simply doing what he loved and everything seemed to “click.”
Never work for money. If your dream is simply to have a lot of money, then you’ll never be happy.
Bob would have loved nothing more than to spin artful pottery pieces all day long. His dream was to turn out work after work, and do it for a living. Being impatient, he decided that the best route for him was to first make a lot of money, retire, then go to work in his own pottery studio.
Bob put making money as his top priority. It led him down the wrong path. He became involved in a business venture he thought would return him a great deal of money, so he went out and purchased a big house and a new car. The deal never came through. Bob was left hanging, lost his house, his car, and his self respect.
He went back to working in a factory. The stuffing had been knocked out of him, and he hasn’t been back to any of the pottery work he loves.
Earning a living is part of your responsibility, not part of your dream. Money is a tool, nothing more. Earn, save and invest enough to fulfill your responsibilities. Also each day, invest in doing what you love. If that ends up bringing additional money, that’s okay, but you won’t get the joy you crave out of the money itself.
Ironically, another friend, Dave, loved to produce pottery too. Rather than follow Bob’s plan, he decided he’d keep his day job and work on his pottery in a modest studio he built. He turned his pottery out when he had the time.
For several years he gave pottery as gifts, placed a few pieces in stores until a designer saw his work and commissioned him to provided pieces for large projects. Slowly but surely his work is gaining demand. He’s able to earn more and more from doing something he loves.
Between Bob and Dave, who is further along in reaching their dream?