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My Job versus My Passion

Last week I was watching a Chris Rock special and in between cracking my ribs, a line he said just stuck, “Some people have Jobs, some people have careers’’.

This has got me thinking about jobs, careers, businesses, entrepreneurship and the like. We have been brought up with the assumption that immediately after graduating it’s time to go out and get a job. Is that true? Here’s what I deduced;

Whenever you get a job, you are trading your time for money to generate income. That means getting a job only pays you when you are working. How does it sound if you would still get paid 24/7 even when you are not working? Don’t your plants grow whether or not you are tending to them? Why not your bank account!? Getting employed brain washes people. Employers buy your time and you have a contract telling you what to do and basically who to be. If you were to pay for this article, would you pay me double if you knew it took me an hour to write it instead of 30min? The key is to identify your value for your time.

Smart people build systems that generate income any time of the day, all year long. Passion income. Start a business, invest. It takes time and effort to start one but once in motion it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. Wouldn’t it be nice to catch a movie with friends knowing that while having a nice time with friends you are still earning money…

Experience: You gain experience while living. The world teaches us things every day. The problem with gaining experience from a job is that you usually repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning then begin to stagnate. That isn’t life’s advancement.

This can be made worse when people (many do) treat their jobs as their social outlets. They hang out with the same people in the same field. Diversify, get EXPERIENCE. Talk to ‘strangers’ and Learn.

When you have earned your salary, the amount that gets to you is way too little. There are too many mouths to feed. Some deductions are made by your employer and that should be your money, and still, your paycheck still gets bit. Furthermore, someone can turn off your income by saying two words, “You’re fired”. Isn’t it safer to have 10 income streams that you can fall back on?

If the above gives you a sense of defensiveness it means it has a gain of truth to it, thus the emotional reaction. If it makes you mad, you are in the right direction. It’s a sign of cautiousness and awareness. Don’t stagnate, we all have to start somewhere in the aim to better our careers, let’s make our 20’s a stepping stone to better life. Invest! Generate a passion income!

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  1. Chiira
    January 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    If you are still working in an office, please get out and become a motivational speaker 🙂

    I think the 20’s are the best part in which one can try and make their future better and the way they have always imagined life should be. Starting a business is a smart idea especially, as you have put it, your money is working for you when you have gone to catch a movie with pals.

    And i like the zeal with which you always update the blog. KUDOS!!!

    • egichomo
      January 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

      Lol.. I should pack up already huh..
      I’m glad we share sentiments on the whole idea of generating passion income. The joy is immense. We’ll do so while in the twenties.
      Thanks for the motivation too, I’ll post promptly.

  2. Kellie
    January 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    The earlier one starts out the better. Unfortunately most people wait till they’re in their 30s + to start thinking about multiple streams of income, retirement and financial independence.

    What they fail to take into account is the fact that sometimes, to get to a point where an investment earns you money, you might have to learn quite a bit which is equal to losing your money sometimes over and over.

    About job Vs passion. I always maintain, if you’re not passionate about your day job, it had better pay millions because you’re wasting valuable time working on something you don’t believe in.

    • egichomo
      January 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

      True Kellie, the thirties are drawing nearer, faster than we think! Time waits for no man. Before I started paying for my insurance, a lady did my calculations as of how much I would have saved since when I was 18 years old and how much I could be eligible to take a loan at that time. What I would have done with that money etc. My first thought was to make a contribution equivalent to having started then. Well, it was impossible. I vowed never to experience such ever again in my life! Time is now…

  3. WanjaLeah
    January 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Its true pple assume after you graduate you need to get a job and then you are set but then comes the drama of a couple years later realizing that you are definitely not getting anywhere with your life just sacrificing a bit of yourself for no satisfaction.I guess you need to find out your passion and go with it.Even if you don’t get so much you sleep so much better knowing its what you love to do.About diversifying your income dude that is so on point…if one way don’t work you got a couple others to fall back on.Very wise words am agreeing maybe you should be a motivational speaker.

    • egichomo
      January 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

      Yup dear, things can get worse for young minds when they opt to change careers of drop out of a profession. The frustration can be depressing. We all start somewhere though. We grow, learn from what’s around us. There’s no sweeter money other than that earned from leisure.
      I’ll try make it towards being a motivational blogger 🙂

  4. stephanie
    January 20, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    food for thought…it’s true once everyone graduates the next thing they do is look employment however long it takes, it could be 3 years but people continue thinking they want employment, my dad always tells me not to rely on employment coz as the article says, two words, ‘you’re fired’ and it’s all over, he tells me i can even open a small kiosk-it’s ok it will be mine. Everyone wants to make the big bucks now coz they dont want to ‘struggle’ much with a business coz usually a business takes time before it picks up, but really the best time is now-early enough to learn and not wait for retirement while depending on one source of income, it’s sad hearing young people talk of ‘good pension schemes’ at their first job, and looking comfortable and life is yet to begin!

    • egichomo
      January 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

      Food for thought too Steph, The sense of ownership. Taking risks and giving time for things to fall in place. Young minds have so much potential. We have it all, in our minds!
      I read the book: How to Start & Manage Your Own Business – J.N.Mwangi and NO Omollo, and it says ‘’Entrepreneurs are the Economy movers. They create something out of nothing’’
      The best time is now.

  5. January 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Iv recently left a job which I had zero passion for but wasnt paying too badly..most people looked at me like I was seriously mad but Im too young to be settling and I agree with u and Kellie ur 20s is the time to get the ball rolling n perhaps make ur mistakes while learning the right way to do things:)
    good for you for realizing it early:)

    • egichomo
      January 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

      Bold move Sue, you got to say the other two words, ‘’I resign’’ There is a bright life ahead. Seek. Research and build on that passion because there’s nothing that will stop you. They are not exactly mistakes, these are life’s lessons. With a sober mind we’ll identify many more. All the best and keep us posted.

  6. wainaina
    January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    This to me seems like sound advise though I personally haven’t reached that part of my life

  7. January 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    thats a life changing article…deep and motivational…i guess its important to manage not just our time, but ourselves

  8. egichomo
    January 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Thanks Wainaina and Kev, The time is now. We have to plan and manage as Natekev says. Wainaina thanks for taking time to read the post and becoming part of the discussion. We are your mentors, taught by experience and I wish you great future endeavors.

  9. PassionWorks
    January 27, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Please do not set an upper limit on when to pursue your passion. There can be instances where you are good at it but circumstances might have held you back and you just wait for the right time to come and say ” I quit “. I believe its never too late if you really want to start. All you need is courage. Courage to fail and start over again. Dont think of the destiny, enjoy the journey.

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