Passion vs. Profits: Which is More Important?Posted by On

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In the Top 3 Things that people want to do, you will always find travelling as one of the most important wishes of the modern man. However, the financial recession and other circumstances don’t allow us to travel as much as we want. Only a few people are able to travel and to make money at the same time. In fact, finding a job that brings you passion and money at the same time is a goal for many, but only a few are able to achieve it.

Alternative lifestyle

Chris Guillebeau is one of the best examples of people that were able to connect passion with money. He likes to call his way of living as “alternative lifestyle”, or how to live differently from others.

Chris travels tens of times a year. Each time, he is looking for a new adventure, for a new place to be, or for a new country, He chooses cheap hotels, he doesn’t visit touristic attractions, he is interested about the real lifestyle of people and about the way they communicate. During the last 10 years, he gathered more than 1000 stamps on his passport, and in 2010, he won 1 million miles of flying from an airline. He loves travelling only for the sake of…travelling.

But where is the money?

Between 2002 and 2006, Chris volunteered for a humanitarian organization in Africa. As he had to travel often between Benin and USA, he developed his passion for seeing cities and destinations. Considering the fact that he had access to some information that was not available for the big public, he started to sell guides and books on his personal blog. The blog was a free resource that was updated whenever Chris returned from a trip. The money is used for more travelling, and this is how Chris is able to fulfill his travelling dreams, and to make money at the same time.

This is only one example of people that make money of their passions. There is no guaranteed path or a recipe that works for all. Some say that following your passion will bring money eventually, and if it does not happen, at least the respective person is happy for following a dream. Some say that profits must be followed, as with money, you can chase any dream.

Making money from any passion

The internet allows people today to make money from any passion. A website can sell practically everything. Even if we are talking about a humanitarian website, it is possible to make money with AdSense, even if you can’t get right from this.

However, the entrepreneurial spirit is not a characteristic of some. As long as you are a theater actor, you might not have what it takes to manage a business. Friends and relatives might support you with monetizing your passion. In fact, the majority of online websites focused on certain niches are made and maintained by more than one person. An initial investment is also required to make the website and to start the marketing campaign, but considering the fact that you will do this for something that you like, you will feel great about it even if you won’t get millions of dollars out of it.

This blog post has been written by Autoshi, who is working for the CleverTim company that provides simple CRM services.


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