On Not Making Money From Your Passions

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

There is a lot that can be said about learning how to turn your passion into an income stream.

But there is also something to be said for doing something just because you enjoy it.

Even if there’s no money in it.

Even if you’re not the best.

Photography is one of the few things I let myself just enjoy.

Just because.

I don’t try to justify it by tying it to an income stream. I have no desire to do more than love it – the doing, the learning, the improving slowly with stolen time here and there.

It benefits no one else in the entire world, except for me.

But my simple enjoyment is reason enough.

What do you do just because you enjoy it?

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  1. Zak says:

    I really like to paint furniture. It sounds ridiculous, but I enjoy it so.

  2. Jared Karol says:

    Thanks for making it so simple, Britt. :)

  3. Melanie says:

    Awww, now I am homesick for Seattle!

  4. the muskrat says:

    That’s how blogging is for me. I make a little money, but mainly I do it for fun.

    Oh, and drunken karaoke.

  5. Penbleth says:

    Photography, it is just for me so like you I don’t have to justify it but it brings me a great deal of pleasure. Plus baking. I enjoy that as well.

  6. Nanna says:

    Someday I will have a free clinic that provides medical care to people who don’t have insurance and just can’t afford $100 to go to the doctor. Because that’s who I was. I’ll have to work somewhere else, doubtless, to support my “habit”. But I will do it anyway. Because it’s what I do.

  7. Lisa says:

    This is why I don’t make cakes for a living. They’re gifts that I give to people I love. If I made money doing it I would be stressed out by the need to make them perfect and the love would be gone.

  8. Hockeymandad says:

    I play hockey, regular trips to the gym, golf when I can or any sport I can play, and of course spending days at Disney.

  9. love, love, LOVE this.

  10. Becky says:

    I have had people tell me I am good enough at child portrait photography I should start my own business and get paid for what I do. The problem for me is… doing that takes something I enjoy, something I love, something I do because I *want* to do it, and makes it a job, something I *have* to do because people expect it, or paid for it.
    So, I shoot for myself.
    And writing. I love to write, and I’ve put myself out there on several other sites besides my own. A friend of mine told me the other day “You work too hard, what with a job and writing for websites on line…” except to me? The writing isn’t a job. It’s something I love to do. And I haven’t made a penny from it yet.

    And I don’t care that I haven’t. The satisfaction and the pride, and the joy I get from the writing or the photography is better than money.

  11. Megan says:

    Photography is like that for me too. I started the blog as an outlet for that, but because I wanted to share it. I’m planning on doing a little something to make some extra money with it, but I’m not going to set out to make a living at it because it might take some of the fun out of it.

  12. annettek says:

    Blogging, and crochet. At one time I thought about trying to make money on both but I don’t want to ruin my enjoyment of either.

  13. green eyes says:

    I am in college for Art, I love to put on paper what’s in my head. I want to learn as much as I can, and I think even if I did make money at it, it’s such a part of me that it will never become just a ‘job’. It’s a passion, my passion.

  14. pgoodness says:

    Photography. Writing. My hobbies are all just that: hobbies. It makes life so much more enjoyable!

  15. Robin says:

    You know how much I love photography and how hard I work with it. I even get paid. I still am broke and make no money at it. Good thing I love it.

  16. jen says:

    photography. just because it says everything I am no good at saying, it is my first real love

  17. I’ve been meaning to tell you how I’ve noticed such a beautiful improvement in your photography. Your photos have been getting better and better and are SO enjoyable to look at! : )

  18. Great message. I walked away from a career in art – I won prizes, a scholarship, sold every piece I allowed to be sold – I was already feeling too much pressure, then one of my teachers actually stole one of my paintings with a bs excuse that he knew I would be “famous” one day and wanted a souvenir. That did it for me. I walked away from the whole art scene. I still enjoy art and many forms of creativity, but just for myself, family and friends.

  19. Connie says:

    Good for you! I think sometimes it’s better to have a hobby for the sake of having something you love to do. It’s wonderful that people can make a career out of doing the things they love, but then sometimes, because of the work deadlines and other such issues, it becomes and feels like “work”. For me, I blog for the sole pleasure of it. Photography is also another hobby of mine.

  20. I do stuff to earn money that I can spend on things that I enjoy. Maybe I should just do stuff that I enjoy, and cut out the middle man.

    Money is for other things apart from pleasure–it’s for food, clothing, shelter and broadband. If I get pleasure from money, that’s a bonus.

    It’as almost an article of faith that if you keep doing something you love and get good at it, eventually, you’ll be able to make a living at it. I’m skeptical. And even if I know for sure that it will never turn a profit, I still won’t stop. That’s the test.

  21. Love your thoughts here. An income stream from your passion. Doing your passion because you love it? These are all questions we often think of.

    There are many things I’ll continue to do for the rest of my life whether I make money from it or not. Here are a few: Sing, Piano, Drawing, Photography, Writing, Blogging, Web Development – the list could go on.

    I’m happy for passion and its place in our lives!

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