If you like money more than what you like to do, go for the money

27 07 2007

As university is starting soon, I see the cycle of indecisive students repeating itself (by students I mean both current and prospective university students). They start to question things like the program they’re currently in, the major they are about to pick(or am already in), job prospects, opportunities and of course, we can never leave this out: starting salary.

The usual response you’d get from any counselor, admin staff, parent and even friend, would be to just pick what you like doing best and focus on it. The rational behind it would be if you like what you’re doing, you should be able to excel in it. I would not say this is bad advice, but I wouldn’t say it is good advice either. From personal experience and chats with other students, their biggest fear is usually the possibility of them not being good enough in what they like to do and the amount of money they’d potentially make from it. Most of the time, this self-questioning process happens because:

1) Like most people, money is important. Most of us want to have financial stability.
2) We don’t want to end up doing something we hate just to make money.
3) We don’t want to do something we really like and end up with financial difficulties (of course there are exceptions, like idealists).
4) We’re not sure whether we REALLY love what we think we love doing.

I am a student as well and I am not spared from this self-questioning process, neither are most of my friends. We know what we love doing but am worried in the long-run we will get bored / hate it. There are some of us who want to do what we love but at the same time also want to be able to afford all the things we’ve only dreamt of(big house, sports car, cruise ship). My advice?

If you love money more, go for the money.

Take the path that you believe will lead you to financial stability and success. In the current era, people are like shapeshifters. You are what you choose to be. Its true that what you study will in a way affect the job opportunities available to you after you graduate. However, this is not cast in stone. You can still get jobs in other industries/fields, even after many years of working in one industry. More importantly, you can still pursue what you love doing later and vice versa.

A friend of mine told me that she believes money will determine what a person would enjoy doing in the future. I can’t say this statement is not true either, there are successful businessmen worldwide who love what they’re doing because of the money they’re making. If you don’t know what you like to do, but you know you want to earn some mullahs, there’s nothing wrong in trying and experimenting a few fields to see which one you’d enjoy doing while earning a decent income.

At the end of the day, do what you believe would make you happy. If making money would make you happier than your passion, make money. If pursuing your passion would make you happier than making money, go for passion. Even if one may seem like a sacrifice and the other like a huge risk, there’s no harm in trying either. After all, you have to try to know the outcome right? ^_~




3 responses

27 07 2007
Jiin Joo

That’s why people make loads of money telling people things like whether you choose the right course or not, what path to take etc. It’s called career counseling.

29 07 2007

Yea and most of the time they just tell you what you’d like to hear.

12 08 2007
Hotel Break Checker

Hotel Break Checker

Thanks, Interesting read.

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