Making money is great, but a lot of people say that if you love what you’re doing, you’re in an even better position.
I argue with that and will make a convincing argument that doing what you love for a living could be a bad thing.
The reason doing what you love isn’t a good idea is because you may spend too much time working instead of being able to split your responsibilities is a reasonable way.
I love blogging and running a side business, but that doesn’t end at 5pm. It doesn’t end at 8pm either. In fact, most of the emails I get come between 2am and 7am. I’m not up during that time, but I used to wake up to my phone dinging with emails and would occasionally respond to them. That is way over the line, but it’s very tempting.
If I was doing this full-time, I would still be tempted to work whenever the emails came in and vacationing would be difficult when it would only take a minute to handle an issue or respond to an email. Why not do a little work, it will help my business grow!
With most jobs, when we get home, we don’t have to worry about work until 9am the next morning. Most people don’t check their work emails at home and overtime typically extends only as far as work that can be done in the office. With my current job, I don’t check emails while on vacation and I definitely don’t make phone calls.
With my side business, I don’t have any real limits. Even on vacation, I respond to emails and do a little work (including writing, which I’m doing on a Sunday evening), and as much as I love this, I need to set boundaries and make it more like a normal job.
Maybe I am just bad at prioritizing and need to set better boundaries. But maybe this is common for things people are passionate about and isn’t limited to my specific situation. In that case, maybe doing what you have a passion for is better left for retirement or as a side gig.
Readers, would you rather do what you love or have limits doing what you simply like?