If you’re following Downshifter’s Journal, then you probably agree that:
$ ≠ 🙂 (Translation: MONEY does NOT equal HAPPINESS)
Along those lines, I would like to add a new equation:
INCOME (from FULFILLING work) + FREEDOM from DEBT = HAPPINESS
Because, as we all know:
DEBT –> MISERY
Last week, I stumbled across economist Larry Smith’s TEDx talk titled Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career. I can’t seem to stop watching it. Not only is he hilariously engaging, but he raises a few very strong arguments for finding and pursuing our passions. Please watch it. I’ll wait…
I know, I know. We all believe in the concept, but…
I don’t know what my passion is!
I know what my passion is, but it’s impossible to make a living at it!
If I decide to do something I’m passionate about for a living, I might get sick of it!
I may not be passionate about my “day job,” but it pays the bills and lets me pursue my passion(s) in my spare time!
If it was fun, they wouldn’t call it work!
Pursuing my passion would be selfish!
I have a family, a mortgage!
Who do I think I am? I don’t deserve a great career!
Is passion really that important? Don’t some of us have legitimate reasons not to pursue passion in our careers? Isn’t compromise a necessary part of life? Or are these just the lies we tell ourselves, over and over, because we are afraid?
What do you think? Wherever you stand on the passion spectrum, please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!
Go for it, kid.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
— Henry David Thoreau
: careful about spending money or using things when you do not need to : using money or supplies in a very careful way
Adopting a more frugal lifestyle is an important part of downshifting, as we save more, spend less, and simplify our lives by being less wasteful and acquiring less stuff!