Today while my son was hanging out with me as I worked, he picked up a check that I received from a student of mine and we had this little exchange:
Son: "Mom, is this check really for $xxx.00?"
Me, glancing up from my laptop: "Yes it is. I get paid to teach childbirth classes."
Son: "But do you like doing it?"
At this point I stopped and really took a good look at him. I smiled and said, "Yes, I really enjoy it. And I want you to always remember how important it is to love your work."
And we joked about two of the benefits of doing work you love:
- You'll likely pinch yourself every once in a while and say to yourself, "Gee, I can't believe people are actually PAYING me to do this!"
- Work will not seem like "work". The time will fly, and you will enjoy what you're doing every day.
Sure, there are risks to doing work you love:
- The income may not be what is necessary to support your expenses.
- The actual running of a business can put a damper on and take up precious time that you'd rather dedicate to doing the work you love.
It's funny, though, because I believe and know that with passion, determination and diligence, people become amazingly creative in making things work out. Both my husband and I have done some crazy things in the last ten years to ensure that we get to do the work we love. It's not always been easy, but so far things have worked out for us, and I also feel our children have received an important education in business ownership, work ethic, and life balance.
Upon thinking about the title "…for Love or Money", there is abundance that flows from doing work you love, and it can and does include money. So, it doesn't have to be one or the other. Some of my most rewarding moments from doing birth work have come from volunteering. I've found, interestingly enough, that when I've poured my heart into my volunteer work, I come home to messages and emails inquiring about paid opportunities. Doing work you love attracts more work you love. The key is in the focus and continual attention to it.
I so appreciate my son reminding me about why I do what I do.
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