Do I have to decide between my passion and a paycheck?
By Dan Miller
November 1, 2012
Dan Miller, president of 48 Days, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days to The Work You Love and No More Dreaded Mondays, as well as his most recent release, Wisdom Meets Passion. He writes for many popular magazines and web portals, has been a guest on CBS, MSNBC, The 700 Club, and The Dave Ramsey Show, and appears frequently on popular radio programs. Dan has been happily married to Joanne for more than forty-four years.
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.