There are many pros and cons of chasing the dream rather than the money and I would like to share some of them with you. Whilst some of us forget the big dreams we may have had whilst growing up, others hold onto them tightly and with all their might, hoping that some day their dreams will come true. So, when it comes to career choices, what are some of the pros and cons of chasing the dream rather than the money?
1. Pro: Finding Your Passion
One of the most important reasons for chasing the dream rather than the money, is that you will find your passion in life and hopefully feel fulfilled as a result. What better way to live your life than doing the thing you love every day? We all need to find our passion in life and if it means following our dreams and deepest desires then surely we should go for it?
2. Con: Lack of Financial Security
One of the drawbacks of chasing the dream however, is the lack of financial security that may come with it. You may dream of being an actor or musician but the work is irregular and doesn't always promise financial security in the early days. You may find that you need to quit your job to pursue your dream of starting a business and the early days of a new business can be tricky. However, the lack of money might not matter to you because you would be doing something you truly love!
3. Pro: It Can Lead to Money
Money is a motivator for many people but that shouldn't be the sole reason you do something as it doesn't necessarily make you happy. A step into any profession should be motivated by the desire to do it because you love it and it makes you feel alive. Money shouldn't be the sole reason because if that doesn't follow, all you will feel is bitterness and disappointment. Of course, money can be made from chasing your dream but that should be a byproduct of doing something you're truly passionate about.
4. Con: Competition
Many dreams involve competing against many others. Many people have dreams of becoming musicians, actors or writers, but these are very competitive fields and you need to have the thick skin to withstand the knock-backs and rejection. As Konrad Adenauer said, "A thick skin is a gift from God."
5. Pro: Time is Limited
It's important to remember that we're only here once and for a finite number of years. Waking up one day and realising you have been working for thirty years in a relatively well-paid job but that you have been doing something meaningless or unfulfilling, can be incredibly sobering. One of the pros of chasing the dream, is knowing that you did all you could to achieve your heart's desires.
6. Con: Disappointment
Drowning in disappointment is another one of the cons of chasing the dream. You might work hard to achieve that dream you have had since you were a child but the disappointment and rejection might be too much to bear.
7. Pro: No Regrets
Another one of the pros of chasing the dream is that you are sure to have no regrets. No one wants to do the Shoulda Woulda Coulda shimmy all the way to their grave do they? Chasing your dream and knowing that you did all you could to achieve your dream, is one of the most important things in life.
These are just some of the pros and cons of chasing the dream rather than the money. What do you think? Are you all for chasing the dream or the money?