“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I’ve always been fascinated with today’s quote. Part of it comes from the interest in the creative arts which traditionally, has always been associated with the “starving artist” stereotype.
However, upon entering adulthood and being saddled with responsibilities, I realized it’s not always easy.
I can’t be entirely sure but I’m willing to bet Confucious didn’t have a mortgage payment or medical bills to pay when he said that.
So what’s the solution?
In my opinion, working your way toward your dream job as opposed to jumping right into it.
If your dream job is a profession in which financial rewards are uncertain, get a “safe” job temporarily, save and make a smooth transition at the end of the journey.
One of the biggest examples of this are people in the acting profession. So many actors have spoken about “actor by day, waiter by night” stories while struggling in Hollywood or New York.
During the day, they would work toward their goals and at night, they would work to pay the bills.
Always do what you love. Follow your passion makes it makes you you. But simultaneously, make sure you don’t starve.