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Is it best to chase after your dream or financial stability?

Everyone has that one thing they love to do, but know they probably won't make a lot of money from it though. Is it best to put stability over fun and passion? #philosophy #social-science-phd #social-science #social-sciences #career-counseling #career-choice #finance #business-finance #career-goals #purpose #passions


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Marilyn’s Answer

This is a very popular question, but thanks for even asking. In the past, people who were chasing dreams were discouraged , and some still are. Those who discourage them are probably people who see dreams as financially unstable thoughts. Look at your interests and your material needs at the moment. We can't ever see the big picture of our lives, so consider it in segments. When you are young and have no responsibilities and more freedom, you can take more risks and experiment more. You are still learning about yourself. As you take on more responsibility, your material needs increase and your opportunities for experimentation are a bit more limited. Don't see this as either/or. Your life is a spectrum of opportunities, and nothing stays the same. Find your dream and identify how you can put it into practice in your own unique way. This is the age of entrepreneurship. Develop your own niche by following your dream, then market your way into financial stability. I always wanted to be creative and I loved people and helping them. I worked for years as a counselor in the schools and after retiring I have a private counseling practice and I am an artist. Best of luck.

Marilyn Lowry


Thank you so much for your wisdom, you're an inspiration! David H.

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Roxana’s Answer

Doing what you love is a big part of happiness, I wouldn't underestimate that. When you are truly passionate about something, it's more likely that you'll thrive at it and with that, be able to have financial stability, if you spend wisely and save. Having a strong skillset is a good way of having alternatives in the future, for example, speaking a second language, being digitally savy, etc. will differentiate you from others.

You shouldn't need to choose between one or the other. Be intentional and build the life you want!

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Jorge’s Answer

Hello David,


It is said that when you work doing what makes you feel passionate about you stop thinking about work as a "have to" and start feeling about it as a "want to" activity, nevertheless we need to be realistic and face the fact that our ideal job or professional activity might not be "right around the corner" or going to happen soon, so we all need to always be mindful to procure ourselves financial stability -even if it implies some personal sacrifice. One of the most important things when you have a dream is to write it down in paper and set a realistic date to achieve it and once you have set a date, your dream becomes and objective and if you go further and take the time to think about how to achieve it and write down the steps you need to take to achieve it, your objective becomes a plan and once you start taking action it becomes a reality.


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