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Do you make money doing the thing you love?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by gladhands, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Yooxaddict73

    Yooxaddict73 Well-Known Member

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    No one paid me for sex yet ,so No.
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    No one paid me for sex yet ,so No.

    I was waiting for this reply [​IMG]
     
  3. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Well-Known Member

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    Short answer: NO!

    I like my work very much but it's far from being my "passion". Which is fine with me, by the way. I truly enjoy having a work life that is separate from my interests and hobbies outside of work. I think it's good to have that type of separation.
     
  4. henrikc

    henrikc Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Not as my primary income, that would be my student loans and scholarships, but as a secondary income. I'm a coach at the local yacht club, teaching kids how to sail, and I love seeing their progress and how they evolve during a season. So yes, I do make money doing something that I love.
     
  5. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Well-Known Member

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    I most definitely don't love what I do for a living. I'm going to back to school to finish my PhD next year and I wouldn't stay at my current job for 5 times what I make now!
     
  6. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    Currently, no. My biggest fear is investing years into something I end up hating. My 2nd biggest is what I'm doing now: drifting aimlessly. Finished University, and I have the grades for pretty much anything. I have no desire to do med-school, and the same goes for law. (SF makes it sound like a horrible place to end up anyway haha). I've been thinking about doing Business School in a few years... I'm less interested in business, but I like the concept of actually having a skill set that will let me go where I want.... unlike my current social science degree.



    Those of you who managed this work/love combination... I'm entirely jealous. Was it lucky happenstance? Or did you know what you loved... and made a career from it?


    Grades to do pretty much anything, with a degree in social science? lol.
     
  7. sofaking9000

    sofaking9000 Well-Known Member

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    Currently, no. My biggest fear is investing years into something I end up hating. My 2nd biggest is what I'm doing now: drifting aimlessly. Finished University, and I have the grades for pretty much anything. I have no desire to do med-school, and the same goes for law. (SF makes it sound like a horrible place to end up anyway haha). I've been thinking about doing Business School in a few years... I'm less interested in business, but I like the concept of actually having a skill set that will let me go where I want.... unlike my current social science degree.



    Those of you who managed this work/love combination... I'm entirely jealous. Was it lucky happenstance? Or did you know what you loved... and made a career from it?


    How does one go to med school with a social science degree?
    Did you complete all the Mcat pre-reqs?
     
  8. Concordia

    Concordia Well-Known Member

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    How does one go to med school with a social science degree?
    Did you complete all the Mcat pre-reqs?


    My mother got an MD after taking a history degree. A few summer courses at Harvard filled in the requirements that she didn't have.

    Other people do post-bac years at places like Bryn Mawr College.
     
  9. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    No, I make money doing something I seem to be relatively good at. I like my job but I would be lying if I said I'm doing what I love.
     
  10. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    No, I make money doing something I seem to be relatively good at. I like my job but I would be lying if I said I'm doing what I love.
    Same here. The issue for me is that what I love doing doesn't pay very well at all. And, I love doing many things, but none are the sort of thing that provides a stable flow of lucre.
     
  11. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Well-Known Member

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    Same here. The issue for me is that what I love doing doesn't pay very well at all. And, I love doing many things, but none are the sort of thing that provides a stable flow of lucre.

    Same here. I love film, ice hockey, travelling, the arts, food, etc.

    Anything in there pay well (aside from hockey which, unfortunately, I'm not talented enough to play professionally)?
     
  12. Connemara

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    Sort of. I'm in the right field/industry, but my actual position isn't the most thrilling.
     
  13. Lord-Barrington

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    Sort of. I'm in the right field/industry, but my actual position isn't the most thrilling.

    Let me guess:

    Industry: Adult entertainment
    Position: Fluffer
     
  14. Connemara

    Connemara Well-Known Member

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    Gotta start somewhere. [​IMG]
     
  15. cretaceous_cretin

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    Don't like what I do, but it pays well enough that I have plenty of F/O time.
     
  16. StephenHero

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    There are very few professionals whose jobs I'm envious of, but tennis pros at filthy rich country clubs in the suburbs of Philadelphia would be one of them.
     
  17. christinedaae

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    I do now. Everyday is a weekday to me now, seriously I could care less what day it is. But to get to the point, I had to do something for about almost a decade that I would cry sometimes I hated it so much. But sometimes you just have to do what has to be done to get where you want to get.
     
  18. skywalker

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    I sell industrial dumpsters. what do you think?!?! haha

    on a related note, my father has been "working for the man" for the past 25 years. He was a full time musician and a few years after i was born he got a day job and quit playing full time. Well, last week he quit his office job to take a contract playing music full time. more money, half the hours, and he's finally doing what he was born to do. needless to say im prud of the feller. A career change at 50 years old.


    what a profession.
     
  19. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I sell industrial dumpsters. what do you think?!?! haha

    .


    what I sell isn't much more exciting, in terms of a product. I love my work because of the intellectual challenges - B2B selling of big ticket items is like a complex chess game with large amounts of money involved, in my case, you throw in the international aspect and it becomes even more challenging.
     
  20. wootx

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    I've purposely chosen a field I have no interest in, fearing I wouldn't have liked what I used to love anymore oncedoing it for a living. Will see how it turns out.
     

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