Written By Evi Idoghor, Creator of Letstalknationblog.com
It’s 2020, you’ve been putting off following your dream for the last five years, honestly, I get it; those bills don’t pay themselves, and you need to put food on the table like a responsible adult. But you dread that job that has managed to tie you down for years and years on end. Each day is laced with one complaint or the other.
Commuting to work has become increasingly difficult; the projects assigned to you no longer excite you. At this point, you are just working this job for the money. But will quitting and doing what you’ve always wanted to do be any better?
As someone who is currently working full-time on my “passion”, I can tell you that the road hasn’t been an easy one. Every day is packed with different emotions. I sometimes wonder if I made the right decision to do so now. There are always pros and cons which come with both ends of the spectrum, and I would like to share that with you today.
The Pros for Following Your Passion vs. Working a Traditional Job:
Following your Passion
1) You are more fulfilled as you get tasks done: there is nothing more rewarding than when I finish writing an article and hit the publish button. I glance at my work, over and over again; making sure it passes the message across, which I want it to, perfectly. My website is also my favorite place to visit, if it were a movie, I would have watched it 10 times over, in one day. There is just that undeniable satisfaction that comes with working on something that is entirely yours and seeing the impact (no matter how little) it is making.
2) You have more time on your hands: following your passion gives you the liberty to get a whole lot of things done; you can finally take that course, finish that book, build that website, and give your craft all the attention that it needs. The only thing you will be tasked with is properly allocating your time to what is of utmost importance at a particular moment. You have the free reign to do as you please. You are in all sense of the word, your own boss.
3) You are doing what makes you happy: there is no telling the peace and joy I have felt since I left my former job. The thoughts of not having to commute for long hours to a part of town that I have no interest in returning to whatsoever gives me a calm that I never knew was possible. If you live in a metropolis like Lagos, you will understand what I am saying.
Also, not having to fidget at each project, or worry if I am capturing what a client demands, are perks I am not trading in anytime soon. Now, I am doing what I enjoy doing the most; creating content that adds value to the lives of Christian women.
4) You are fulfilling your life’s purpose: ever since I was a little girl, I was drawn to lifestyle magazines, pictures, and colors. Little wonder that my platform embodies those characteristics. I was once teased at school, that writers didn’t make a lot of money, when I expressed to my head of department that I enjoyed writing, rather than deducing what mass transfer was. So this craft has been with me for a while, and I am glad that I finally get to walk in it.
Working a traditional job
1) Financial stability: although your company can decide to lay you off at any given time, we cannot deny the fact that working a traditional job provides some sort of safety net when it comes to your finances. Depending on how you get paid, bi-weekly, or at the end of every month, you can always count on your paycheck to take care of business.
2) Vast Experience: lending your skills to an organization will always reward you with the necessary experience you will need to function in society. Be it building your interpersonal skills, interfacing with clients, or learning how to close deals, the wealth of knowledge you garner when you work a 9-5 job, cannot be compared to when you are just starting out building your craft.
3) Provides community: working a traditional job often comes with a community of people that you will have to interact with. Relationship with other people is something that cannot be undermined because you need people especially those who have more experience than you to show you the ropes.
4) Provides Benefits: most organizations provide their employees with a benefits package, such as health insurance, housing, and vehicle allowance, etc. Benefits provide you with comfort, so you can focus on doing your job more effectively.
The Cons for Following Your Passion vs. Working a Traditional Job
Following your passion
1) Financial instability: anyone working for themselves or building a craft from scratch can attest to the fact that it is not a financially stable venture, at least in the beginning stages. Studies have shown that it takes about five years to build a sustainable business. While this can be true in some situations, for others, it can take even longer; when you eventually make money, you put it back into the business.
The financial instability which presents itself can be most times discouraging, but if you look at it for what it is, you can turn that season of life into a learning curve, in the sense that you learn how to become more financially responsible and plan ahead. Now, I no longer receive credit alerts at the end of the month, and it is not a great feeling. But I know what I am working towards, and it is only a matter of time to build that stability.
2) It takes money to make money: your passion, for the time being, might not be generating income, but it is somehow sucking up the money you don’t have. For my blog, I pay a certain amount of money in USD to keep it up and running. It was either that, or I take a free website option where you don’t even own your content, and it can be shut down at any time. Every year, this amount of money is due, and my platform hasn’t made me a cent! Sometimes I wonder—is