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:

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• 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.



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.


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.


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 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!

Valerie King

As a Navy wife and a Director of an International child ministry this question has been at the forefront of our family life. We completely support each other and sometimes that means we are apart more than we would like. But we also know that it is not forever and that at some point in the not so distant future we will be in the same country, state, city permanently.


1. There is no "dream job" because you can't try everything to know what that really is.

2. Don't let the world influence you - do what you want.

3. Stop thinking that there is one path.

4. Try things. It is okay to fail - sometimes over and over again.

5. You don't need a ministry title to do ministry.


This post definitely makes you think. We have the privilege to work in areas close to our passions and in line with how God has made us. The only thing is, the bible says in Proverbs how "a man may plan his way, but the Lord orders his steps." So, sometimes if you try to pursue your passion but end up somewhere way different than you wanted to be, it could very well be that God wants you there for some reason. Just like Joseph...who spent over a decade in jail with likely no reason to believe he would ever get out until out. He still did his best wherever he was.

So yeah, pursue your passion, but also know that God has a purpose for your life that may not work quite like you would hope sometimes.

Stephen Smith

Shawn, I completely agree. I think it's important to have a passion and a dream and work towards it. However, God often opens other doors along the way that in hindsight really contribute to that end goal...even though at the time we may not understand. I try to keep my goals of starting philanthropic businesses in mind as I work in my current jobs because God seems to provide training opportunities and experience that will benefit my ultimate goal of starting businesses to further His work even more.

The one thing that I disagree with is when the author stated, "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." The last part says "make a great living." God doesn't promise us a great living and certain jobs and full-time ministry often don't pay well, but often the rewards in heaven are "out of this world" as Pastor Lon Solomon likes to say. Money is not evil...just the love of it. We just need to be faithful with what He gives us and support His work with what He has given us at the current him who is given much.

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