Many of us are asking three questions today in regard to our work: Should I just be responsible and get a paycheck anywhere I can? Should I pursue my passion and find work that I love? Should I forget about money and devote myself to a worthy cause?

Fortunately, we don’t have to choose. And we’ll have more success if we don’t settle for less than combining all three elements.

Discover your passion. Do work that blends that passion and gives you significant income. Be responsible, pay your bills and have money left over. Make a difference and change the world. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have it all. And today’s business models create plenty of options.

Social Entrepreneurship really does provide a way to do good while doing well. Pura Vida Coffee has as their motto: “It’s better to give than receive. Unless you can do both.” TOMS Shoes says, “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.”

Instead of totally chasing a ‘safe paycheck’, figure out what drives you and inspires you and grab hold of it with both hands and never let go.

You can address your passion, the needs of the world, and your desire to be wealthy all at the same time. There are many ways to make a difference and generate reasonable profits at the same time.

  • Integrate your skills, personality traits and passions
    • Provide a sense of meaning, accomplishment, and fulfillment
    • Be a person’s greatest vehicle for living out God’s purpose and calling
    • Ensure an unexpected flow of income and ultimate wealth

YOU have that drive, that passion, that focus. And so it is up to YOU to determine if what you are doing is serving your passion or just keeping your wallet full. Of course, if your passion is something that doesn’t pay enough money to feed you, perhaps you need to work at a ‘non-passion’ job to fuel your passion – but that is also fine because you are STILL fueling your passion.

I encourage you to pursue your passion, devote yourself to a worthy cause and make a great living. Follow your dreams and passions to make the most of your life. It does not have to be an either/or. Don’t settle for less than both.

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