Posted by Tim Stobbs on July 18, 2013
I was chatting with a friend recently when learned I wasn’t the only one to sell out my dreams for a better pay cheque. This friend also had chosen engineering since it pays very well and it would allow him to finance his other dreams in life. I felt marginally better about my own decision years ago to sell out and pick a career mainly based on the future pay cheque.
To be honest I’ve wondered more than a few times what could have happened if I had followed my passion and tried a career in writing instead. Would I be happier? I’m not sure I would be. Following your passion as career advise is a bit of dangerous idea since it only really works out if you combine passion with a product or service that there is a sufficiently large market to make a living at it. For example, you might be passionate about playing video games, but there isn’t that many paid tester positions out there so that might not be a good idea.
While I’m aware there are multiple options to have a writing career, I’m not sure which one I would have ended up doing. So even if I followed my passion…I don’t even know where that road would have gone.
So perhaps the sell out option where you pick a career more for the income potential can also work. After all if you combine that with a good saving rate you can be financially independent in a few short years. Then follow your passion where ever it leads you…you don’t need the money so basket weaving might be a good option.
Right or wrong…that’s the path I’m on now. So did you sell out or follow your dreams in your career?