Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Tom Basson’s post last week based on the Harvard Business Review’s article, “Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love” hit home for me as an aspiring professional musician and composer. When I initially enrolled in college, my dream was to become a film/t.v. composer out of the rationale that I could do what I love and still make a decent amount of money. However, within year and a half or so, I realized that not only was that a logical fallacy (since the economy has hit the film/t.v industry too, and it sometimes seems like everyone wants to do film music), commercial music wasn’t exactly my passion. Instead, concert music is where I have decided to place my focus. Part of this realization occurred after I recognized the irony of telling people I wanted to be a film composer, yet I lacked a true desire to study film–I’d much rather be listening to Q2 or going to a concert than spending the same amount of time watching most movies or anything on television (especially cable).

Tom Basson


I read an article recently in the Harvard Business Review that posed the question:

If you’re really passionate about what you do, but it’s not going to make you a lot of money, should you still do it?”

What a great question! Of course, telling someone to do what they love, and the money will follow is certainly inspiring, but is it true? Couldn’t you do what you truly care about and very well go broke?

Absolutely. I have a friend who left his high-powered corporate career to pursue his passion, and three years later he is broke and looking for work again. But that doesn’t mean he regrets his decisions or that you shouldn’t go after your dream…

Research shows that when we do something we love, or at least work towards doing something we love, we become more creative, more resourceful, and more persistent – which of…

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