A word of caution.
A long time ago the expert mechanic who worked on my families cars told me, “Do not do what you love for work, because then it becomes work and eventually you do not love it anymore.”
Today every expert on the Law of Attraction, and on making millions tells you to “follow your dreams” or “do what you love” and the money will come. And of course we ALL want to be millionaires, right? (No, but we do by and large wish we could live a little more comfortably – but that doesn’t play as well in the ads)
I loved to draw, and I loved to write. Twenty years ago I was among the first few to hear and heed that advice. I spent twenty years chasing my dream in many forms, perverting my writing and my art, twisting and turning it to fit whatever mold was the current best, easy way to make lots of money with your art/writing according to the latest experts in the crafts.
Not only did I not ever become a millionaire – in fact, I never made what anyone would consider a living wage – I’ve lost the love.
I’m retired now. Really. Well, okay, as retired as I will ever be. Now and then I do get the itch to draw. As you can see here, once in a while I have some thoughts I feel compelled to commit to paper (so to speak) but by and large I am not really interested. And if I do create, I am even less interested in sharing it publicly. The last thing I want to do is twist and turn it into something that might make me a buck or two.
It’s tempting to turn the comments off on this post. If you are going to scream at me that I’m all wrong and should shut up and not tell anyone that the latest fad failed, spare me, please? Or, of course, I must have done it all wrong and it is my fault. I worry that the way this latest philosophy is taught, it always leaves that opening – that if you don’t succeed it is not the fault of the method but YOUR fault. You didn’t do it right, or enough, or with enough focus or belief or whatever. And if that is what you think, I’m fine with that. Just keep it to yourself. Thanks.
But consider, if you’ve been pounding at your dreams for a few years, or are just thinking about diving in – it could just be the latest craze. After all, there is no better way to make money than to promise to tell other people how to make money if they will just send you a few dollars…
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in affirmations. I believe in prayer and blessings and reiki and paying it forward and karma. I’ve seen all those things work in my life, in my own experience.
Just not the ones about making a living with my creativity. So, it’s not meant to be, and that’s fine. But I wish I had not pursued my dream until it became more of a nightmare. And I’d rather share this so that maybe others won’t do the same thing.
How about this. Do what makes you a living. Use your extra money to enjoy your dreams.