One of my favorite things to do when blogging, is to dumb it down with extreme examples. Let’s go ahead and do it again.
You have two options (theoretically):
- Get paid $125k a year sweeping the streets, 40 hours a week, the same thing every single day.
- Earn $100k a year helping businesses grow, changing peoples lives and using your brains, 60 hours a week.
Which one would you choose?
I would definitely choose the second one, despite working more hours and getting paid quite a bit less. I’m fairly certain that the majority of people would do the same thing.
People always think that money is the only thing that motivates people to work, but that’s totally not the case. Maybe if you made the example even more extreme, i.e 30k/year vs 150k/year.. Which gets a bit ridiculous.
We all have our reasons for doing EVERYTHING.
Despite me having Amazon affiliate links in some of the posts on IM Livin’, that’s not why I created the posts. Those few dollars will not make or break me. The reason for creating the post linked above was to share what I’ve learned and have an impact on someone’s life, potentially. I’d say that outweighs the $1.05 I might earn off selling a $15 book.
Black & White? Nope.
It’s not an either/or situation, that you either make money or make a difference.
You can always combine things, first of all.
Secondly, often people start out with one – making money. Once you reach a certain point, where money isn’t that big of an issue, you start focusing on the gratification part of making a difference somehow.
Obviously, the majority of people are not going to worry about changing the world, whilst not being able to pay the rent/bills or buy food..
For now, I have three major projects going for me in internet marketing, as well as a bunch of side-projects to fuel the others.
Let’s see how the above applies to what I’ve been doing.
- SEO Clients – Change individual lives by helping them make more money online, whilst making a decent living from their payments to me.
- Amazon associates – Purely a monetary project. Keeps things flowing and less profitable projects possible.
- IM Livin’ – Help people change THEIR world, become more awesome with almost no monetary gains.
Why is IM Livin’ third on that list? Because before working my butt off on the first two, it wouldn’t be possible to spend hours and hours writing blog posts, with no intent on making money off of them.
Think About It
Before you jump into a field/industry just because of the money, take some time off and think about it.
Is it really what you want to do?
Does it matter, or is it just the money?
Was I honest when answering the last two questions?