“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
Are you doing what you truly love or what pays you the most money? If you won the lottery tomorrow, would you quit your current job? When I first read the Plinky prompt on jobs we’d do if money didn’t matter, the thought that flashed in my mind was “Do what you love and the money will follow…” Yet, as I thought about the prompt, it became clear that the question wasn’t really about what we’d do if money didn’t matter but what we ought to pursue regardless of the material rewards. Many of us have interests and loves we set aside because of prior expectations and/or commitments. As time goes by, we ought to take a closer look at what we do and decide if we are truly satisfied.
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin
One thing that surprised me when I read the answers people shared on the prompt was the number of people who said they’d like to teach, be librarians, travelers and photographers… kindred spirits all. I’ve spent most of my life teaching, so it is something I already did for all the altruistic reasons in the world. However, over time, reality bites when you come to terms with family needs and household expectations and then you shift gears to other things you love. I still love teaching, just in a different way…
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” Henry David Thoreau
I have to say that what the prompt did for me was to make me think about the things that get me excited; to look at what I am passionate about and look at how I am living or not living up to my interests. Two of the things that have always interested me are to be: A Travel Writer/Publisher and A Reiki Healer/Yoga Trainer… my third thing is below. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my lifetime and I would love to go back to places I’ve been to, as well as visit new places, and write about them and share my experiences, my interactions and my observations with others. Since I do love traveling, funding it would need sponsors and planning, so that is something I have done and still do and that I’d love to pursue further.
As per Reiki, I have taken all the levels of training and attunements and I’m what they call a Reiki Master. I offer my services at a Hospital as a volunteer, with a group of practitioners, so that is a start and something I enjoy doing… I am following that passion. I studied yoga and meditation for many years but balked at taking a teacher training course… not sure why. I might have to seriously consider doing it if I’d like to develop this passion further.
“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” Coco Chanel
My third passion is to be: A Traveling/Travel Photographer. I love photography and take pictures regularly, but I need training in the medium. Since the Daily Post Challenge started in January, they’ve added a Weekly Photo Challenge component that I absolutely love. It has given me the impetus to take more pictures and develop my skills, however, I am still very much a novice at photography that I won’t even put myself in the amateur category. 😆 I’d love to take some professional classes for both D/SLR cameras and photography in general… So there you have it!
The three things I mentioned are passions that I already follow, but not on a large scale because other things call my attention. Is the issue one of time or money or both? Hmmm. What about you? What are your thoughts? What would you do if you didn’t need the money? Would you work for yourself? Would you pursue a creative venture? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: List three jobs you’d consider pursuing if money didn’t matter.
Positive Motivation Tip: Pursue the things that call your heart; do what you love and the money will follow…
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos money, BKS Iyengar – esteemed yoga teacher, yoga sun salutation, Reiki session, Mikao Usui – Father of Reiki, James Ricalton – travel photographer, fashion photographers, via Wikipedia…