Do I have to decide between my passion and a paycheck?

Many of us are asking three questions today in regard to our work: Should I just be responsible and get a paycheck anywhere I can? Should I pursue my passion and find work that I love? Should I forget about money and devote myself to a worthy cause?

Fortunately, we don’t have to choose. And we’ll have more success if we don’t settle for less than combining all three elements.

Discover your passion. Do work that blends that passion and gives you significant income. Be responsible, pay your bills and have money left over. Make a difference and change the world. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have it all. And today’s business models create plenty of options.

I encourage you to pursue your passion, devote yourself to a worthy cause and make a great living. It does not have to be an either/or.

Social Entrepreneurship really does provide a way to do good while doing well. Pura Vida Coffee has as their motto: “It’s better to give than receive. Unless you can do both.” TOMS Shoes says, “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.”

Ethical Capitalism simply implies that normal for-profit businesses are doing things that are socially, spiritually, ethically, and ecologically responsible. At Wisdom Meets Passion we are able to give free workshop materials to prisons, halfway houses and schools because we have profits generated by the our daily business sales.

There’s also a relatively new corporate entity. In addition to C Corp, S Corp, and the LLC, we now have an option to be a B Corporation. B Corps are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

The lines have softened between nonprofit and for-profit. I tell people that our company is a “not-only-for-profit” organizations. You can address your passion, the needs of the world, and your desire to be wealthy all at the same time. There are many ways to make a difference and generate reasonable profits at the same time.

Our goal, in the Wisdom Meets Passion community is to show how work that is an authentic fit will do the following:

• Integrate your skills, personality traits and passions
• Provide a sense of meaning, accomplishment, and fulfillment
• Be a person’s greatest vehicle for living out God’s purpose and calling
• Ensure an unexpected flow of income and ultimate wealth

I encourage you to pursue your passion, devote yourself to a worthy cause and make a great living. It does not have to be an either/or. Don’t settle for less than both.


Sofia Haile


Sofia Haile commented…

This article confuses me a little bit. There is nothing wrong with encouraging people to "pursue your passion, devote yourself to a worthy cause and make a great living." But as believers none of those things are our purpose. We are called to pursue a relationship with the living God and allow Him to direct our course. Some people will not be called to "make a great living."

In fact, I can't think of anywhere in the Bible where we are called to "have money left over." I do see the Bible asking us first and foremost to "Love the Lord, our God with all our hearts, minds, and soul and love our neighbors as ourself." I do see the Bible asking us to: care for orphans and widows, forsake all else for the cross, be willing to loose family, fame, fortune, and a good name.

Perhaps, this article just mean that there is nothing inherently "unholy" about making money. If so I wholeheartedly agree. Money, time, life: all of it belongs to God. Whether we make money or not we are all called to glorify our creator.

Laura Brown


Laura Brown commented…

Easier said than done. I'm all for finding one's "dream job," but let's be real - who scores that without a little trial and error? I'm a recent college grad and where God has put me is nothing close to where I want[ed] to be... but that doesn't mean I am anything less than grateful for the opportunity to serve where I am. We all have a mission in our own place, let's not degrade the people who find (less than dreamy) jobs instead of sitting around waiting for something marvelous to find them.

Candy Choo Suat Hoon


Candy Choo Suat Hoon replied to Laura Brown's comment

for sure that I don't think the author has the meaning of degrading the people who find jobs instead of sitting around waiting... But all of us should be actively using the gifts that God has given to us and making things happen as God wills.



Carrie commented…

The article is a general scrub, and it doesn't reflect the reality of jobs. Candidates are morphing into "Fight Club" vs. Hunger Games competitions. Looks like the author is promoting his services than anything else. I don't get his logic as if all this is going to magically happen on its own. I will fight to the finish that 'self affirmations' is a powerful tool- everything we say and think about ourselves comes true for success or failure. If I say, "I'm going to single for the rest of my life," or "I can't find a better job," is an affirmation. This self- help guru for job passions sounds like a Tony Robbins remake.

The Navs Military


The Navs Military commented…

The balance in this article is refreshing, Dan. Thanks for sharing it! The Navs Military (a ministry of The Navigators), has been posting about similar topics recently. We'd love to ask you a question! What would you say to a military family in which each spouse feels "Called" to their vocation? We love reading your posts! Keep 'em coming!

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