Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow: Fact or Fiction?

Don’t just work a job. Do what you love and the money will follow. Fact or fiction?

When we are raised in our Disney-saturated, pipe dream culture, we grow up with innocence and uninhibited faith. We are asked as early as we can speak what we want to do as a career and I’m quite certain there were a multitude of aspiring astronauts and police officers and heroes of various forms in the futuristic view of our 5-year old selves. Upon graduation or entry into the workforce, there are a myriad of lessons and realities we come across – and the learning will not cease until the day our breath does.

It has been said that we follow our dreams and everything will fall into place. Fortunately for us, we are all blessed with unique talents that make us qualified for various walks of life. Sometimes these are what we aspire to do; other times, and quite often, we find we are quite efficient at something we have no desire to be good at. We are all faced with the decisions of chasing money or chasing our passions. Sometimes they coincide, sometimes not.

So many variables factor into this equation: do we go to college? What do we select as area of study? What types of sacrifices are required for following our desired course of action? What type of commitment does it take to get the career we think we want? Do we really want a particular career, or have we been influenced to select that occupation by another source? Does our current financial predicament promote or preclude us from chasing that career path? What types of competition and obstacles will we face getting into this chosen field?

The reality is YES, you can target specific desirable goals, plant proper seeds, lay necessary foundation and work toward your dream role. Your “dream role” may change in time or you may find solace and satisfaction in what you wind up doing instead. Furthermore, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time accruing the finances and skills and network necessary to launch into your ultimate ambition. Rome was not built in a day, nor are your reputation and results. Often, we must invest a considerable amount of our time and energy into roles that allow us the eventual freedom to branch out and do what we want. For others of us, we have the freedom to choose what we want to do and do not fret about the factors involved. In the end, you most definitely can pursue and realize your proposed purpose but the truth may be that you find ways to incorporate parts of it into what you wind up doing through the natural course of your navigation through reality.

How you choose to apply your talents and skills, what you choose to learn and whom you interact and network with will have a massive impact on your experience. Many of us may find ourselves doing something we never envisioned, but by assessing the situation and matching our skills to roles we have or have within our sights it is extremely viable that we can find enjoyment in jobs that align with our greater goals.

It’s unrealistic to believe that every 5 year old who dreams of going into a certain profession will wind up in it, because they have only begun to unearth their skills and talents and aptitudes. But whether we’re 5 or 50, dream away. Your career, like your life, will take unexpected twists and turns, be endowed with wonder and may take you to a greater realization of your fulfillment needs and wants than you ever imagined.


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I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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