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In a recent post by Steve at ThinkSaveRetire, he revealed that he was an introvert. In the comments section, we chatted about what topic in life make us extroverted. For him, photography was what made him come alive.
For me, personal finance is what makes me come alive. I know, I’m a nerd. As most of you know, I too am an introvert who loves reading and having my alone time. Since I read so much, I am well-versed in various subjects. However, I still struggle with small talk with people, and my mind goes blank when I meet a new person.
Some people have the gift of gab and can quickly come up with subjects to make people feel at ease. I am unfortunately not one of those people. It takes me awhile to warm up until I am really comfortable.
This is why moving to new jobs and offices are painful on two fronts. First, I am always nervous about doing a good job when I first get in. And secondly, it feels like I’m the new kid who doesn’t know where to sit in the cafeteria. It takes me a while to figure out my place in a new office.
With that said, there are a couple other subjects that liven me up. These are three subjects that I’m pretty sure I will never get bored of talking about: The NFL Draft, MLB (especially the Nationals), and of course personal finance. Between those topics, I could talk for days and never become bored.
Why the NFL draft fascinates me, especially since I never played football at all, is beyond me. But, I would love to be a General Manager. Preferably for the Washington Redskins since they have been terrible since Daniel Snyder became the owner. I even do mock drafts in my spare time and have watched every NFL draft start to finish since I was 16. I actually scream at the TV when the Redskins make decisions that I disagree with. For instance, Brandon Schreff, a guard, being picked over Leonard Williams, the best defensive player in the draft, is still something that I am bitter about.
Anyway, I’m guessing many of you don’t care a lick about the NFL draft or baseball. Because I usually assume that, most people don’t know I’m obsessed with those areas until I get to know them well.
My New Job
As most of you know, I started my new job on Monday, and it’s definitely been a stretch for me in the two days that I have been there. I was more comfortable in my last job, even though the work was unfulfilling.
My new job is much more exciting to me. But, as an introvert, it’s been tough breaking the ice with my coworkers. Obviously, I’m not going to quit and do something else tomorrow, but it has got me thinking more about pursuing my passions.
Ramifications of Running a Blog
I took the leap into the blogging world in August 2016 to write about personal finance and honestly wasn’t sure what I could add. There were so many terrific writers out there, so I was intimidated. I am still trying to find my voice, but I’ve enjoyed the journey thus far.
Running my own website has opened up some interesting doors. It helps establish my bona fides as someone that people can trust when it comes to personal finance.
I have had more people email me or talk to me at work asking about personal finance questions since August than ever before, and I think that has a lot to do with this blog. They figure if I can run a blog and generate content about personal finance that I must know something. It’s interesting to see how perceptions have changed.
Time & Money
As I get older, it becomes clearer and clearer to me that I am really trading time for money. So at this point, I am really evaluating how I am spending my time. Eventually, I have to decide how much I care about the money and how much I care about my time.
Before I accepted my current assignment, I had begun the process to become a financial counselor in a role that probably would have made less money, but I think I would have found immense joy in it. Unfortunately those doors were closed very quickly, but then my current role was presented itself.
Right now, my blog is my hobby, and most importantly, the advice that I give people costs them nothing. I have toyed around with the idea of combining my passion and creating a business around it. I know that I can offer some value, but monetizing it is another story.
So, I am still working out how I can pursue my passion for personal finance in a way that makes both financial sense and that doesn’t take away from my joy. The last thing that I want is to get burned out from it and start hating something I love.
Anyways, readers, what do you think? Are you pursuing something that you love that earns you a liveable income? How important is passion in your career? Share your thoughts below.