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which is better long term?

would you find it important to find something you like doing and do it for a job or just work for money because i dont know if its better to just work for money or work doing something i like doing? just wondering

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Aisha’s Answer

Hello Lino,

Your question truly resonates with me, and it's a thought that crosses many minds. I firmly believe that when you engage in work that you enjoy, or even better, adore, it significantly enhances the quality of your output. Your focus sharpens, your dedication deepens, and your determination to succeed intensifies. Why? Simply because you're in love with what you do.

No job is devoid of challenges or mundane tasks, but when you have a deep affection for your work or your colleagues, these hurdles become less daunting.

So, how can you strike a balance? Begin by identifying what you love doing, what ignites your passion. Then, explore professions that require these skills or are related to these fields. Consider the investment required to enter these fields and weigh it against the average earnings. This will help you evaluate if it's the right fit for you.

Remember, it's never too late to change your path if you find that your choice doesn't meet your expectations. Adopt a mindset of continuous learning, and you'll likely excel in whatever you choose to pursue.

Wishing you all the best!
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Brian’s Answer

Hi Lino this is a great question, and one that many people wonder about. Laquitta pointed out something essential, which is that you need to be able to live on what you make, and this is important for sure. But additionally if you are doing what you like, or better love, then the work is made much better and your focus, dedication, and determination to be successful will all be stronger. Why? Because you love your work.

Most jobs will have things that are hard and that are not fun, but if you love the work or the people you work with it becomes much easier.

So how do you balance these?
Start by finding things you love to do, things that make you passionate. Then you can look for careers that use those skills or are in those fields. Look at the cost to get into the field and balance that against the average earning in the field and you can make a good assessment of whether this one is right for you.

Lastly, if you decide to try something and you find it isn't what you expected, you can always change course and try something else. Approach this with a "constant learning" mindset and you will likely be successful at whatever you set out to do.

Best Wishes!
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Mike’s Answer

If you have a passion that can also become a lucrative career then your choice is easy.

If your passion doesn't pay well it might make sense for that passion to be a hobby.

Finding balance doing something that may not be your life's passion but is enjoyable is a good path. It provides you with financial security and can also give you resources to develop those hobbies on the side.
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Laquitta’s Answer

It's essential to earn enough to meet your needs, but remember, it's equally important to engage in work that brings you joy. Strive to strike a balance between the two for a fulfilling life.
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Dairus’s Answer

It is better to work at something you love doing because passion determines the zeal. No matter how long as far as what you are doing is progressive, money will come
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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Lino,

You asked, "What's better in the long run? Should I pursue a job that I love or should I focus on earning money?" This is indeed a thought-provoking question.

Remember, your happiness is paramount! Don't compromise your values for quick financial gain unless you're comfortable with taking risks. It's akin to marrying a grumpy billionaire - it's fine if that's what you genuinely want.

Consider exciting careers like acting or being a rock star. Although maintaining substantial earnings can be challenging with people always wanting a piece of the pie. But take a look at Elon Musk, he's making a fortune and will continue to do so for a while.

Listen to your heart. Your ideal job should not only be profitable but also thrilling and beneficial to others, not just yourself. It should be something you find so effortless that you don't see it as a burdensome task. You don't clock-watch because you're passionate about your work.

Your workspace should be filled with genuine, supportive individuals who are always ready to lend a hand.

May God bless you,

JIM
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