Passion vs. Money

By Manas Vani

Staff Truth Dropper

Money is a very powerful thing, it builds empires and breaks down kingdoms, it allows for dreams to come true and it takes others away, it makes some people happy and others completely miserable. Today the pursuit of money is almost directly linked to the pursuit of happiness, many will argue that money = happiness.

However, this is inherently problematic as this mindset leads many people to stray down a path that doesn’t best suit them. When people choose their careers, they are sometimes blinded by money and so choose to follow the money trail. If an economist were to select between money and happiness he would select happiness because the latter one is long-term and also, happiness can lead to more money. (Econ student would get this joke)

Just imagine waking up every morning going for your 8:30 FMH class; going to a job you don’t like is much worse than that. However, this is never really an issue when you are passionate about the work you do. Warren Buffett said, “take the job that you would take if you were independently wealthy.” He is undoubtedly is correct. When you value money over your overall health and your passion, you will find yourself in an endless cycle of misery.

When you really enjoy what you do, nothing will stop you from getting your work done. Because you are passionate about what you do, you feel unstoppable and nothing can obstruct you from achieving greatness. Your passion ignites your work, and, like a rocket, it accelerates you past roadblocks that may come about. Any obstacle that comes your way is accepted and fought off with a creative solution. If you are truly passionate about something, you can create your own demand curve for it. For example, if you are the best caricature artist, you can charge thousands of dollars for just one piece of art, or if you are the world’s best translator, you can charge as you wish to get that work done. James Clear from his Atomic habits says that “If you are passionate about something, you are most likely fight tooth and nail to be the best at it”. You will be much more motivated to work for our passion.

But money is important in life. Living in a big house, with a good car, big TV and many other things are too required for happiness and they cannot be ignored. But money is required to a certain extent. Finding the right balance between passion and money is necessary. For example, my friend is passionate about Spanish, but because of limited job opportunities, she decided to double major in Spanish and International Political Economy. Many people select their major based on the salary they would get after they graduate. But this is inherently incorrect. If you are not passionate about it you won’t go the extra mile, and if you don’t go the extra mile you won’t be able to achieve something significant. Finding the right balance is important for a happy life and college is the best time to figure that out.

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