Doing What You Love
Yesterday, I saw this ad on a bus stop. I have to say, it bothered the fuck out of me some:
Look at the bottom:
Win $100K to do what you love
The problem is that we live in a world where people think this is how you “do what you love.” That you need to quit your job, or be independently rich (or, as I’ve joked in the past, independently middle class). And sure, there are things that in order to do them in certain ways requires a significant time & monetary investment. But that’s only if you go extreme, and that’s foolish territory.
Want to be a world traveler? Start by going to one place for a few days on vacation.
Want to be a writer? That’s what mornings, evenings, weekends, lunch breaks, whatever are for.
Want to be an artist, or entrepreneur, or otherwise “do what you love”? You don’t need some big break to do it. You need to just do it. Do it a couple hours a day — if you can, you probably love it. If you can’t even do that, then this “thing you love” is probably just a romantic escapism from a boring life, in which case you probably don’t actually want to do it as your full-time job. It would stop being the thing you love.
It’s okay if something’s romantic escapism. It’s okay if something’s a thing you really want to do with your life, and you don’t have 100% free time to do it. If you’re playing what I call “the long game” — assume you’ll be alive for a long time and don’t need to achieve a mountain of work and notoriety in only a year or two, then you have time to build up a thing you love into something viable as a day job. No matter how you slice it, though, just remember:
Thousands of people around you are doing what they love, through sweat and effort. No one gave them some sort of big break, they don’t have a sugardaddy or sugarmama, they aren’t independently middle class. They work in the mornings or evenings or weekends or whenever they have time. They have one thing is common: they didn’t wait for some magic bullshit to start doing it. They just did it.
You don’t need a magic $100K to do what you love. If you think you do, you aren’t ready. That said, hey, if you are ready, go for the contest. $100 grand wouldn’t hurt. :)
 And be aware that this could change over time. Maybe in the process of doing it, you love it less. People change, and that’s cool. Just be aware.