I was talking to a friend about money the other day. And no, it isn’t about how to make more of it.
It was about how money is important. Yet, it isn’t.
I told him how when I unexpectedly make money with the blog, it’s considered an awesome day.
However, when I shell out the most inspiring shit I’ve ever written and NOT make a single cent, it’s considered a pretty “meh” day, like I’d feel there’s no progress whatsoever in my career as a writer.
And that is how it is with money and work, especially when you supposedly love the latter.
Money is tricky as fuck, but it has a permanent place in our lives
Don’t fight it. You know you need money. You know you want some of it. You know you want the ease money can bring into your life.
Again, stop fighting it. Although, sometimes none of us can be blamed, thanks to the different ideas of money out there.
The two most highly unqualified groups
I find that there’re two extremely under qualified groups of people who love to talk about the money.
First, we have the hippies who are constantly ranting on and on about “living life to the fullest” or not being s slave to money or whatever.
They’re not qualified because essentially a lot of them are unemployed and too lazy to do anything except get high and spew forth philosophical ramblings they never follow up with.
Secondly, we have the rich and famous. They’ve already made it. And then they tell you, “Money is not everything.” True, to a certain extent.
But if you’re struggling, going broke or even literally dying, all of this advice suck ass.
The ultimate balance with money you need to uphold
Get this is in your fucking head: Money is important, but the main difference is whether you want to chase it or not.
To say that money is not important, especially when you don’t even have your basic necessities is extremely ignorant. To say that money is not important, when you’re rich and famous is honestly rather arrogant.
So get that money. You need to survive bitch.
But… you can’t be chasing money.
You can’t work at something for the sole sake of money. You can, but I guarantee your emotions will take a toll. It is a trade off.
You especially can’t claim to do what you love and hope to make money from it. That is a paradox. If you want to create or work on something because you love it then you have to do it because you love it.
It just doesn’t work that way. Anyone who claims they manage to do it are either lucky or they put in the work, mostly the latter. The former are lucky, but stupid.
This is why I’m constantly amazed whenever I write out a piece of shit and magically make money from it, while when I put in a lot of effort in writing, planning and research for the goal of money, I make jack shit.
It’s confusing. It’s scary. And it’s downright frustrating.
What do you do then, really?
You find that balance between doing what you love and making sure you’re doing well enough to survive.
This balance is entirely up to you. Ignore whatever everyone has to say, be they rich, famous or broke. Even if it means getting a job you hate, you do it anyway because you don’t want to go broke.
Survive first. You’ve plenty of time to do what you love and make more money after that.
Now, if you want to make a shit ton of money from doing what you love, you know, chasing that dream, do it for the love. Only. Always. Forever.
See what happens next. It usually works that way.