“Doing what you love” fallacy

The biggest fallacy that various “experts” teach today is the “do what you love” fallacy. The idea is that if you do what you love, the money fill come to you somehow.

It is simply not so. And never was.

The money doesn’t follow “doing what you love”. If this were true, Van Gogh would be rich, but he was poor and his brother (who possibly didn’t do what he loved) supported him throughout Vincent’s painting career.

I can give you thousands of examples of people who struggle financially trying to do what they love.

Why does this happen? Why do people struggle financially? It is because they follow the wrong idea. And the wrong idea is “Do what you love” idea. This idea sounds awesome and is extremely catchy. But it can lead you to a life of financial mediocrity if not to a poor-house.

I want to suggest a different idea ” Do what you love, and money will follow…as long as as what you love is creation and ownership of business systems”.

If you love to make cup cakes you can succeed as long as you can create and own a cup cake business system.

If you love to blog, you can monetize it as long as you can create and own a blog business system.

If you love  to workout, you can succeed as long as you create and own a workout business system.

Doing what you love alone does not bring a financial success. Creating a business system around that activity can.

If what you love is owning and creating business systems, you are on your way to becoming wealthy.

Of course there is more to the game of wealth but this is a good start.

What do you think about the “do what you love” advice?


2 Comments on “Doing what you love” fallacy

  1. I agree. Following what you love will sometimes lead you to money, but not always. I think you’re correct in saying that you can do what you love for money as long as you have an actionable plan to make it happen.

    But like you said, money isn’t everything. Maybe Van Gogh would have continued painting even if he would have known it would only lead to the poorhouse.
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  2. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Yeah, the “doing what you love” is a great and controversial subject to discuss and there will be lots of opinions about it.
    For Van Gogh wealth was not priority and that’s OK. But if somebody wants to be wealthy then they should look into creating business systems, because “doing what you love” doesn’t cut it most of the time.
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