- By JessInTheMoment
- 2 December, 2012
- 9 Comments
my momma always told me, ‘if you wanna start a business, first you gotta find your passion. if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, you’ll never be successful.’
well mom…i think you’re wrong.
*whispers* you bet not tell her i said that…i’ll deny the whole thing, the whole thing, i tell ya!
my mom is a helluva woman, fifty-something years old with all the degrees, experience, expertise, and hustle to leave behind a powerful legacy.
and then there’s me; a twenty something year old woman on the move, but still not really sure where she’s going.
recently i had a conversation with a very successful businessman that i used to do consultant work for. our convo went something like this…
him: i’m expanding the business to colorado
me: what’s your ultimate goal?
him: uhhh…to make money. why else would i be doin it? it’s not like i’m tryna change the world of abstracting or something!
then we both had a good, hearty laugh.
so what we have here is the classic Rich Dad, Poor Dad dilemma.
my “Poor Dad” (mom) has high ideals, passion, motivation….but she’s also saddled with alot of academic debt at the moment.
my “Rich Dad” has several businesses, he’s a millionaire, and he has a passion for…well…making money.
don’t get it twisted, tho, my mom has literally CHANGED lives with her work. i can barely walk 10 feet in atlanta without running into her grateful (and sometimes tearful) former clients and colleagues. there’s definitely something to be said for a life built on service work.
i don’t know if my “Rich Dad” can make the same claim, but i do know that his growing family is well taken care of, and his wife and children enjoy the kind of financial security and freedom that my family is working towards. they have plenty of friends and are able to have a hand in shaping their community in ways that most poor people cannot.
so…my final thought is this…i believe that searching for passion, might really be holding us back from actually DOING something. some people don’t have a passion. i might be one of them. u might be, too. so then what?
how many of you are monetizing your passion? is it worth it? (literally)
how many of you are making money without passion at all? do you (or will you) have the life you want?