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The Pros and Cons of Doing What You Love

Updated on May 15, 2008

Have you always dreamed of doing what you love? Just the thought that you could rid yourselves of the ball and chain that is your day job, and do something that you're passionate about is enough to prompt a good number of people to actually try it.

I'm one of those people, because I was in the car business for a number of years before finding success and happiness working in the music industry--including have my own business where I can work from home and set my own hours. I've also dabbled in freelance writing, and while the thought of covering fantasy football for a living intrigues me, I've learned to keep it as a side hobby and alternate income stream. And that brings me to a lesson I want to impart here--that before you decide to take that plunge and do something you think you'll love doing, be sure you will enjoy that passion as your job rather than your hobby.

With that, here are a few pros and cons of doing what you love....


1. Is This Work?--Doing what you love can make you feel like you're not working at all. You will likely look forward to working each day. Even though I look forward to evenings and weekends with my family, I also don't dread going to the office, at all.

2. Purpose--You will also feel more like you have a purpose in life, if you are contributing to the universe in a field you're passionate about.

3. Spilling Over--If you're doing what you love, you'll most likely be a happier person, and that will spill over into other parts of your life as well.


1. Be sure--You should really be sure this is what you want to do. Because sometimes when pleasure becomes work, you lose the feeling of why you became passionate about it in the first place. To cite my fantasy football example, I freelance for various online publications, and it's really a lot of work to do the research and watch film of players. I have a newfound respect for sports writers, and I am glad that it's a side income stream for me and not a full-time job.

2. Discipline--In many cases, doing something you love will make you spend parts of your day working too long on one aspect just because you love it so much. You have to discipline yourself to keep your daily routine, well, routine.

3. Um.....Yeah, who am I kidding? The positives far outweigh the negatives. But it's not always that way. I just wanted you to have more information if this is a career option you're thinking of.

If you're considering a career move, I hope this list is helpful. I suggest doing what you love as a business on the side, to make sure it's a plunge you really want to take. You also might want to try starting several side businesses or freelance projects that amount to a full-time job. That way, you're keeping your options spread out while keeping yourself interested in your work.

Most of all, good luck!


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