The age old question, do you follow the money trail when job hunting, or do you follow your passion? That has been a question that has been on my mind a lot the last few years. I used to think the answer was a no brainer – follow the money. However, the older I get the more I feel life is just too short to spend it chasing the money. I’d much rather be chasing my passion. I’ve often heard the tail that if you are doing what you love, the money will follow, but I am not sure I believe in that and refuse to give advice based off of something I’ve never experienced to be true.
Chasing your passion can end up leaving you penniless and living at your parents home much longer than you wanted to (and much longer than they wanted you to!) and not chasing it can leave you miserable and heartsick in ways you didn’t even know were imaginable. So in answer to the age old question I would really say it is all about finding a balance.
It’s rare indeed to find employment in your field that both feeds your passion and pays the bills. If you are so lucky to get such a job – here is my advice: NEVER LEAVE! If you find that your job pays the bills, but isn’t exactly the passionate cornerstone you were looking for, never fear. I have an answer for that. Keep the job, and pursue your passionate pursuits outside of work. It won’t feel like you are working overtime when you are pursuing the things you love and bonus, your bills are still getting paid.
So in answer to the question follow the money or follow the passion, I say do both, as long as following the money doesn’t prevent you from pursuing your passion. By the way, if it is truly your passion, I don’t think anything will get in your way!