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We all know someone who quit their job to pursue their passion only to end up hating it.
They ended up hating it because it became a job to them. What happened here? Well, they used their passion as a tool to pay their bills.
There’s an important nuance between using your passion as a tool to pay your bills and being supported from your passion.
We want to get to the place where we’re being supported from something that we love to do, but before we get there, using our passion as a tool to pay our bills will turn it into a job.
You’ll end up hating what you do because it breeds compromise.
When you’re in the Scarcity Mindset of having to pay your bills and doing whatever it takes to pay your bills, you end up using your passion as a tool for that.
You take on whatever jobs you can get, or work with clients that aren’t that great to work with, and the next thing you know, you’ve compromised on the passion.
You’ve used the passion too early as a way to make money. What you should do is have a day job that’s covering your bills, but here’s the key: have a day job in a different industry than your passion.
This is seems counter intuitive—a lot of people want to find something that they kind of enjoy or something that is partially their passion and makes money.
The problem is they come home from work, depleted of the energy needed to pursue their passion on the side.
When you have a day job in a different industry, you don’t use the same kind of energy. You come home from your day job and you’re excited to pursue your passion.
That’s why having a day job in a different industry is a great way to protect the passion and keep it from feeling like a job—you’re allowing it to grow organically and without compromise.
Since your bills are covered, you can take on any kind of project you want with your passion and you also have the freedom to turn down clients that wouldn’t be a good fit.
How do you know if the day job industry is different enough from the passion? There’s no real hard rule, it’s more of a litmus test.
Do you come home from your day job exploding with energy for your passion, or do you come home from your day job depleted of the kind of energy that you need to pursue your passion? That’s how you know.
If you’re coming home from your day job depleted of energy then you’re spending the same kind of energy you need for your passion.
That means your day job is a little bit too close to what you love to do and in that case, you might want to get a day job in a different industry.
If you’ve been in a day job a long time where every night you come home and you don’t want to pursue anything else on the side, it’s hard to believe that there can be a day job where you come home feeling energized.
If you have a day job in a different industry, this is totally possible. The goal is to find a day job that energizes you for your passion.
The right kind of day job will charge you for your passion. The wrong kind of day job will deplete you of the energy you need to pursue your passion.