How Money Can Destroy Your Dreams
Some people say that money is evil, while others think money is everything. I don't agree with either side. Money is just a tool, and what you do with it is up to you.
Money can control you or it can free you. It can improve your life or it can make your life miserable. By being aware of how money can affect you, you have already taken the first step.
More and more people all around the world are waking up to how important it is to follow their passion. Now, this doesn't mean you have to quit your job or do anything rash. It simply means that you begin, in whatever way you can, to follow your passion.
Money can be an obstacle when it comes to going after your dreams. Maybe you believe that you don't have enough money, or maybe you believe that doing what you love cannot put food on your table.
And maybe you're right. Maybe you cannot make a living by doing what you love right now, but should that stop you from doing it? I believe there's a reason why we're drawn to certain things.
There's something wrong with the planet today, and we're the only ones who can change it. That change starts within each and every one of us. As Gandhi said, we have to overcome our fears and be the change we want to see.
How Money Almost Destroyed My Dreams
For a long time, money stopped me from going after what I truly enjoyed. You see, I was a professional poker player for five years. I loved it in the beginning, but after a few years, my interest started to wane. I didn't want to quit, because it was the only way I knew how to make a living, so I kept going, and it kept eating away at my soul.
Finally, in early 2009, I got sick and tired of not being completely passionate about what I do. I started building websites, and in late 2009, I started my primary blog which, to this day, I love writing.
Writing is one of my passions, and so is helping other people break free from their shackles. It almost didn't happen because of my fear of not having enough money, and my belief that I couldn't make a living doing what I love.
Pursuing Your Passion
I was able to do what I love by being frugal. I minimized my expenses, had some savings in the bank, and jumped into doing what excited me.
Money can be a scary thing. I recommend that you avoid making rash decisions, but there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. You can't be a slave to money for the rest of your life. There will never come a time when the stars will align and everything will be perfect.
The truth of the matter is that you do not need as much money as you think you need to follow your passion. If you're stuck in a job you hate, but need the paycheck, you can still start doing what you love. If you keep doing what you love, in whatever small way possible, you will eventually reach a point where you can cut back on the hours you work or leave your job permanently.
I'm sure a lot of excuses pop up as you read this, but in the end, you have to ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. What really matters to you? What are you waiting for?
This is a guest post by Henri Junttila. Read more by Henri at his blog, The Wake Up Cloud:
- The 8 Core Excuses Standing Between You And Your Dreams
- The 20 Essential Habits of Highly Passionate People
- Debunking Myths: 13 Untruths About Being Successful Online Destroyed