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Money Matters and Dreams in Tatters

Politics, Community & Society | March 26, 2009

Life is confusing. Life is hard. Life is amazing and fun and exciting and overwhelming and many other adjectives that are both good, bad, ugly and annoying.

Money matters. Money is required to get by day-to-day. Money is the root of all evil and can be the path to all beauty. Money is what you make it, how you look at it, and what you do with it. Money is necessary to survive in the world, to pay your rent and food and train fare.

How do you make money and follow your dream?

Not a unique topic for certain, but one worth discussing, because really, isn't that what we're all doing? Trying to follow our dream but sometimes not knowing how?

Now, if you're not sure what your dream is, that's another thing entirely. Take some time to sit down and work out what it might be. What is it that you're thinking about before you fall asleep at night? Whatever it is, that's probably your dream, and you have to figure out how you're going to make it happen.

But, there's the dream, and then there's reality. We can't always have what we want, right? Sometimes we can't even have what we need. But, there is a way to make things happen for yourself, there is a way to be satisfied with the path you're taking.

Here's the plan. Get a job, make sure you like it, make sure the people you work with are fun, or at least not infuriating, make sure you like going there for 40 hours every week. If you don't like the job you're doing right now, look for another one. But, don't assume this is going to be your "dream job". This job is going to be making you money and getting you by day-to-day, if not with complete rapture, then at least with the smallest amount of pain possible.

Then, once you have a job you like, and you're getting by day-to-day, start thinking clearly about what your dream is, and how you are going to find a few hours each day to do what you love. And do it because you love it. Not because you are going to make your first million, or because it will catapult you to international stardom, do it simply and purely for your love of it.

Then, and only then, will you have a genuine product with some chance of success. Then, whatever you are working on will be so transparently real that people cannot help but sit up and pay attention. Passion translates across boundaries, and if you can be satisfied that you are simply doing what you love then everything becomes much more simple.


1. jsmithconsult on April 9, 2009

It's so true, passion and enthusiams is palatable. Good transitions, excellent beginning and the whole article is inspirational

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Bay's career has been many and varied due to a penchant for traveling the world. After completing a double degree in Business Management and Journalism at the University of Queensland in 2002 she was lucky enough to land herself a job at Brisbane's Quest Community Newspapers. A year of roving reporting brought the epiphany that journalism and Bay didn't jive.
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