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Should you follow your passion or should you do what’s practical?

Some say, “follow your bliss!”

Others say, “follow what works because your bliss doesn’t always pay the bills!”

Here’s today’s two cents:

Guru-speak aside, do whatever satisfies your own personal standards for living.

There are reasons for following your bliss that have nothing to do with money. Sometimes, it just feels good to make time for what you love. Turning your passion into a business, however awesome that may be, isn’t a prerequisite for being faithful (in whatever way you can) to what makes you come alive.

Conversely, there are incentives for doing what works even if it doesn’t feel dreamy while you do it. I haven’t met anyone who feels excited every single time they pump fuel in the gas tank or when they change their baby’s diapers. Nevertheless, we all have our reasons for doing these kinds of activities anyway.

As with most things in life, a “both/and” approach gives you more options than an “either/or” philosophy.

There’s no need to take strong sides in the “follow your passion” debate.

In the end, it still comes down to doing what’s best for you in accordance with your own definition of “best.”

At least that’s the way I see it.


T.K. Coleman

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  1. This would be a good topic to reflect upon just because if you have the ability to take what you love and turn that into your own business and pay your bills and take care of your haousehold then that’s one hell of an awesome thing. On the case though, how many people can make money off of their hobby? I have it pretty easy I suppose. My dream career is to be a therapist but I’m very experienced in music, after doing some research I can have the best of both worlds by getting my degrees in music and pyschology and become music therapist, which is the combination of what I do best and what I want to do for my career. I wish that people could take their passions and make it practical to what they need in life. I would think that people would be much happier to wake up and go to work if they knew that it was something that they can enjoy to do. Right at this point in school I’m being told that there is an occupation for every person, they just need to know what they want. The older adults that I know have always found a way to love their jobs, or hate them. I look at today’s society and see a lot of people who are unhappy with their jobs becasue they based it off of how much money they could make from this job. Moeny is important, yes, but you have to realize that it isn’t worth the money to wake up and hate going to work.

    Random quesetion T.K., do you enjoy waking up and going to work- whatever your job may be?


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