Monday, 20 October 2008

How to Make Money While Doing What You Love, and Be Happy!

I was reading Paul Graham's essays today... And I thought I'd share some of his insights that hit home with me... (apart from "Start a startup already!")

The definition of work was now to make some original contribution to the world, and in the process not to starve.
To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that's pretty cool.
Do NOT worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. Don't worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. When you can ask the opinions of people whose judgment you respect, what does it add to consider the opinions of people you don't even know?

If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious.

Much as everyone thinks they want financial security, the happiest people are not those who have it, but those who like what they do.
Go read this essay. Paul also elaborates on some strategies to find "what you love to do" and how you can make money from it... but makes no bones about how its not easy - it requires hard work and discipline. Me thinks its worth it!

Seth Godin, on the other hand wonders...
"Maybe you can't make money doing what you love"...

Maybe everyone can't, but I'm sure as hell going for it!

Side Note : While reading Paul's essay, I also realisedWhy Parents Will Never Understand Their Kids... And Also Why Uncles and Aunts Will Always Be Cooler!


Kuber said...

Seth Godin : "it helps to find a niche where money flows as a regular consequence of the success of your idea". I guess it makes sense in going that direction..the best to u mate

Pratik Stephen said...

true that!
: )
Thanks, and all the best to you too...
How's it going?

I thought we'd end up hanging out in Hyd sometime... But looks like both of us have been crazy busy...

Kuber said...

yeah man...and i've moved out of hyderabad. At home(noida), Looking fr a job
I'l folllow this space ....cheers

Ronny Cooper said...

Stumbled upon your blog through fb. Nice posts and an interesting concept in "witnessed" :D

I enjoyed the Graham's essay. Will read up the other one too some time later.