I have read the post Doing what you love (but maybe you can't get paid for it) by Seth Godin and I found it interesting.
Doing what you love (but maybe you can't get paid for it)
[I wrote this five years ago. As you plan the magical things you will do next year, I thought it was worth reconsidering:]
The thing is, it's far easier than ever before to surface your ideas. Far easier to have someone notice your art or your writing or your photography. Which means that people who might have hidden their talents are now finding them noticed...
That blog you've built, the one with a lot of traffic... perhaps it can't be monetized.
That non-profit you work with, the one where you are able to change lives... perhaps turning it into a career will ruin it.
That passion you have for graphic art... perhaps making your painting commercial enough to sell will squeeze the joy out of it. When what you do is what you love, you're able to invest more effort and care and time. That means you're more likely to win, to gain share, to profit. On the other hand, poets don't get paid. Even worse, poets that try to get paid end up writing jingles and failing and hating it at the same time.
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