“Should one take up a career that has no passion but money?” – I was asked to answer this question on a forum. Though this is a tricky question and mostly circumstantial, at least in Indian context, here are my thoughts. The assumption here is that one is starting on his/her own without a solid financial backup.
Most of Indians have been taught the mindset of Study->Excel->Find job->Earn cycle. Moreover, the fact that many people end up taking up a particular education stream as a compromise or for lack of guidance means that one ends up in a job that (s)he isn’t much passionate about. The job might be interesting but not passionate. However, they tend to succeed with sheer determination and career minded approach.
For the short term at least.
Mostly because every job has certain aspects that one likes, or has the ability to perform well, and they can build on it in their career.
Unless one has passion for what (s)he is doing it gets tough in the long run.
All this might not be the case for current generation, at least in cities, because they have better guidance, more freedom of choice and access to information, support and financial assistance.
What’s the way out?
So the approach could be to take up the career that one may not like, if it pays well, at the beginning of ones career – but then keep on working on her passion on the sidelines.
In a few years the job will create enough financial cushion and by working out ways of monetizing the passion one can plan the transition to entrepreneurship.
The other perspective of looking at this whole scenario is – can job provide financial security for self and family?
With lower single digit yearly increments at work, higher inflation, and availability of cheaper workforce the answer for 99.9% job-goers could be a resounding No.
The good thing is that one can convert her passion into an entrepreneurial venture, which then paves way for financial freedom.
Because passion (or even deep interest or curiosity) makes obstacles seem smaller, hardwork acceptable, failure a stepping stone to success, and victory the sweetest.
An entrepreneur often discovers (or forced to discover 🙂 ) his own strengths and limitations, becomes humble, sensible and generally happier in life. You have more control over the business and freedom to take decisions. Which means that with enough hustle one can live the dream life.
If you think you are in a similar situation and would like to work towards getting your financial freedom please reach out to me.