Are You Pursuing Your Passion?

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Earlier this week, I wondered if I was being selfish to consider early retirement.  I received a ton of terrific feedback from all of you, and I really appreciate your insights.  

 

pursue your passionIn 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.

 

pursue your passionSome 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. 

 

My Passions

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.

 

pursue your passionWhy 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

pursue your passionI 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

pursue your passionAs 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.

 

pursue your passionRight 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.

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70 Comments

  1. My career is the ultimate form of ups and downs. Sometimes i love what I do, other times it wears on me. Am I passionate about what I do? Hard to say, but it seems like it’s now more a job than anything else.

    I think that you should definitely pursue your passion about personal finance a bit more. Perhaps you can write a book? I’d definitely check it out.
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    • Thanks for sharing SRGO!!! I think I’m most afraid of having something that I’m passionate about become just a job. I would love to be one of those people that said I’ve never worked a day in my life b/c I would do this job for free. But I know how hard that is to find 🙂

  2. I would love to pursue my interest in personal finance as a career. I’ve been interested in personal finance ever since I was a teenager, but was always worried about writing about it. My undergraduate major was in accounting, and my favorite class was personal tax accounting. I think it would make a good FI career for me. I’m not really interested in retiring to drinks on a beach-I’d get bored. So for now I just write and learn more about blogging and the online world.

    P.S. I totally hear you on being an introvert. At work I have more of an extroverted personality, so people are surprised to hear it, but I’m really horribly shy. Changing companies/departments/projects is really a big challenge for me-it’s much easier for me to stay in place. But then I get bored and stagnate, so I’ve started forcing myself to seek out new, uncomfortable opportunities. I’m hoping it gets easier with time. 🙂
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    • Sounds like we continue to live parallel lives Liz 🙂 Tax accounting for individuals is one of my favorite courses and every tax season I say I should really become an Enrolled Agent so that I can prepare taxes on the side. Each year I forget about it decide whatever I am doing is more important but I definitely love it. Thanks as always for stopping by!!!

  3. I’m in a dead end job. As soon as I realized this, my choices were to suck it up and keep working, develop a new career, pursue FiRe. I picked the last, because to me that gives me the best shot at pursuing passion. Like you said, there’s no reason I wouldn’t have been burned out in a new career, so that was to much of a risk for me.
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    • Thanks for sharing Daniel!!! Sounds like you really weighed the options and made the best decision to advance happiness in your life. I can’t wait to see all that you pursue after you reach FIRE!!!

  4. I do agree that you need to be at least somewhat interested in what you are doing otherwise it really becomes a drag. Cal Newport had an interesting take on this in his book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Tump Pasion in The Quest for Work You Love. Its worth the read if you are looking for a new career.

    When in a new situation I just normally try to ask as many questions as I can to try to find something that the other person does that I can relate with so that I can contribute to the situation. I also play up the I’m totally new here, where or how do you do XYZ questions.

    I’m sure it feels like an interrogation for the other guy 🙂
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    • Thanks for sharing Doctor in Debt!!! When I come to a new office I a normally say I only have about a week or two available to ask all these dumb questions before you expect me to know everything. So I’m going to ask away while I still can. That normally breaks ice and really helps me out 🙂

  5. Pursuing FIRE is a dream to almost everyone. In this long journey, quite many people burned out their passion.
    Job is what we have to do because we need to buy necessities. We need to do what we are interested with our passion.
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    • Thanks for sharing Rich Growth Tips!!! I definitely agree a job is necessary to live. Although it’d be nice if it didn’t feel like a job all the time 🙂

  6. Victor Frankl wrote in “Man’s Search for Meaning” people find meaning in work, love, or in suffering. For a person to be happy, they must have stimulus in one of these three areas. Whatever you are working on, it’s a must that it is interesting; else, you will become bored and unhappy.

    My job right now is interesting, but I find myself thinking “What’s the point?” This is why I’m hustling on the side to do some consulting and try to build up an online presence/business. Monetization of a blog takes a lot of time and work I’m finding!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts MSM.
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    • Thanks for stopping by Erik!!! I definitely agree that a side hustle can take some time to set up but hopefully it’s like a dividend with the DRIP turned on. Over time I hope it yields some nice rewards 🙂 But we will see.

  7. I recently passed up the opportunity to purchase a small business on the advice of my business coach (among others) for the primary reason that the work that the business was doing wasn’t a passion of mine.

    I’ve run small businesses before, two actually and those were not in my realm of passions either.

    What I’ve learned? Don’t start a business unless you are passionate about what the business will be doing.

    I used to think it didn’t matter what I did for a living as long as it made a good living. Experience has taught me otherwise.

    Thanks for questions and hang in there adjusting to the new scenery at the new job.

    Or to break the ice quickly you could always prank your new boss – #haha
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    • Hahhaha…I may pass on pranking the boss right off the bat. I’m not sure I have that good of a feel on them yet 🙂

      I use to be the same way as you that I didn’t care what I did as long as it paid the bills. Now that I’m getting older, I care less about the pay and more about the work. I’m hoping that this new job is closer aligned to my passions 🙂

  8. Honestly I’ve found the adage true that you should keep your hobbies and your job seperate unless you want to start hating your hobby. Blog monetization aside running a business in personal finance likly requires ancillary actions not related to the act of doing your hobby. These often are greater time sinks then the hobby itself. For example a photography business requires accounting, marketing, managing people, and interacting with customers in addition to photography which is very little of the actual job.
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    • To be clear, I make exceptions to this comment for side hustling where your livelihood is not tied to the hobby. Then you can choose the level of effort in each side task.

    • Thanks for sharing Fulltime Finance!!! That is definitely one of my fears that if I tried to monetize personal finance that I would start to loathe it because it felt like a job vs. having fun doling out free advice. It’s definitely something that I’ve been thinking a lot about b/c I am definitely investing a lot of time into the hobby 🙂

  9. I actually get extroverted and passionate when talking about politics and policy. I think it is partly the idea of problem solving on a grand scale and being able to help a lot of people at the same time. The main problem with this is that most people have no interest in talking politics and get defensive when it comes up, which means that that passion only comes out if the other person expresses interest first.
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    • I’d definitely sit down with you Matt to talk politics and policy 🙂 I have a feeling you have some unique points of view that I wouldn’t have considered that could be interesting.

      I’m not endorsing this idea but I read an article that said that Trump should build the wall with solar panels and use it as a way to be environmentally friendly for energy policies. It was something I never thought about but seemed like on the surface without any critical thinking to be an interesting white board idea for both sides to consider.

  10. Wait. A Nationals fan? Boo! Haha, Phillies fan here. The only team I hate more than the Mets is the Nats. Lol. But, hey, we should definitely can a game when the Phils are in town!

    I’m with you on hating the fact that I’m trading time for money. The whole way we work is an incredible drain on our body’s and mind’s resources. Further, our working hours amount to about the same as our waking hours with our families per week. So, half of our time every week is stuck chained to a desk, putting numbers in columns on a spreadsheet, and trying to stay ahead of the next manufactured crisis. Might as well be in a straight jacket with some padded walls because this is insane!

    My goal has always been to create a business to divorce myself from this BS. So, I’m going to try to create Run The Money into brand and build my tribe. I pray my message resonates with enough people out there that I can make it a full-time effort. Maybe even pay off the house and invest in some rental property along the way! God willing.

    Dave

    • I’m so sorry to hear that you are a Phillies fan. I have a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth with the Nats management, Stan Kasten, did an interview up in Philly urging Philly fans to come down to DC to watch games in order to boost up the attendance. Ever since then I have friends remind me about that and how lousy Nats fans are/were if they had to go to other markets to sell tickets.

  11. I’m extremely introverted, but can definitely see where talking about my passions makes me a lot less so. I could talk about spreadsheets, personal finance and taxes all day (such a nerd, I know). I was extremely fortunate that I found out that I really enjoyed accounting early in college and loved my job as a CPA. I think it’s much more difficult for those that have a passion for more creative pursuits that aren’t as easy to create a living from.
    However, pursuing your passions on the side is a great way to start being able to see if you will be able to make enough money to switch from a “regular” job!
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    • I am pretty nerdy to and really enjoy the tax side of things. I’ve thought about going back and trying to get my CPA or even EA but it hasn’t made sense from a career standpoint and I’m not even sure I have the discipline to study that much 🙂

  12. I just told Mrs. SSC last night, “Well, the last gasp of interesting NFL news is starting n ow that the legal tampering period has begun. After the draft it’s nothing but crickets until August…” Am I a daily reader/scourer of profootball talk – yes, yes I am. I also never played football, but I find it fascinating keeping up with it, especially the moves, trades, drops, and drafts.

    As far as career, I landed in a good one in that I love what I do and get compensated well for it. I also liked working as a geotechnical (soils) engineer and briefly purused what it would take to stay in that field. I think that helps a lot in shaping my day to day life and not getting down on work in general. That being said, my last boss and lack of satisfaction in my role at the time were the reasons I left that company. Still liked what I did, just didn’t get satisfaction from that position I got moved into and dealing with a micro-micro manager… it was just too much.

    I’ve been way happier in the 3 years I’ve been at my current company and the passion is still there. However, if I was FI and able to walk away today to be a stay at home dad I’d shake my bosses hand and head to the house in a heartbeat. Like you said, there are only so many hrs in a day and I’d like to spend more of them with the family.
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    • PFT is a great source of news. Although I have to admit the only reason I’m on twitter is to follow my favorite beat reporters that are breaking the latest and greatest news on my teams 🙂 I love that the aggregate the data all there for me.

  13. I’ll be interested in reading all the comments on this one. I think it was a podcast featuring Seth Godin that really resonated with me. Or maybe it was someone else. But in any case, they said that your job may not always be your passion or calling. Of course you should like it enough, but if you had all the money in the world would you stay there? My answer is no. I like it and it’s challenging and creative, but very stressful. There are a lot of numbers to hit and goals to achieve. It’s a lot of pressure to perform. But, I’m passionate about my blog and I’m passionate about one day making videos just for the hell of it featuring cool people, weather they perform well or make money or whatever. There are a couple youtube channels I love and could see myself emulating. But it wouldn’t pay the bills. All I can do it work on it on the side and nurture it as best I can and maybe try to earn SOME income and at the same time save TONS of money so I can maybe walk away earlier. I think there is a term for people who feel that every job they take has to be one they are passionate about: millennial. 🙂 OK OK joking…sort of.
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    • Hahahahah!!!! I’ll leave that joke alone 🙂

      That’s awesome some of the things that you’d love to get into and hopefully one day you have the energy, money and time to available to feature some of these cool people. I love hearing interesting stories that don’t always get the traction that they deserve.

  14. That’s a great point. I’m an introvert myself, and I think cooking is the activity that makes me more extroverted. Especially while sharing my creations with other people. 🙂

    UGH, I totally feel you on the whole starting-a-new-job thing. It’s terrifying learning the rules of a new workplace while you’re trying to learn your new function. I know it’ll get easier for you over the coming weeks. I found it was easier to meet people and chat when I put a candy jar on my desk.
    So do you tell people at work that you run a money blog? I keep my blog life and work life separate since I don’t want people to know I’m trying to retire early hahaha. But it’s cool to see that you’ve made real world friends with your expertise. 🙂

    Ideally I’d love to make blogging my full-time gig. I finally started earning enough moolah from writing this month to open up a checking account just for it. So that’s a step in the right direction. 🙂
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    • Wow Mrs. Picky Pincher that awesome that you have enough for a checking account. I’m going to have ping you and learn your secrets b/c I am definitely not that far along yet.

      I have told a couple of people at work about the blog mainly to help walk them through some concepts, plus I can’t help myself at times and I get excited about a topic I wrote on 🙂

  15. My husband also does mock drafts (for NFL and NHL) all the time. Franchise mode is his favorite part of the NHL video game – I’m always asking him why he isn’t actually playing the games…

    Small talk is NOT my game either. I always feel incredibly awkward. It does get easier the longer you are at a job! Good luck!

    I enjoy my job and definitely get some satisfaction from it, but I wouldn’t say I am passionate about it. Having a child really made me realize that I was trading time for money, and while the money is good, it isn’t worth missing time with my son. Chasing passion – both in family and personal finance – is what is pushing me towards FIRE.
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    • Oh man your husband and I are kindred spirits 🙂 I definitely love to play franchise mode as well in the NFL or even recruiting for College Football. Why play the season when the offseason is more interesting 🙂

  16. In interesting NFL news the NY Giants just signed Brandon Marshall!

    The personal finance switch flipped for me a few years into our debt repayment journey. I want everyone to know what I know about it, and understand they can have success with their money and reduce stress in their lives. I’ve been speaking locally and working with my school district, but mainly on a volunteer basis. It would be great to turn a income produce side hustle.
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    • Ugh that is such a great signing by the Giants or the worst if you’re a redskins fan. I don’t see how anybody is going to stop OBJ, Shepherd and Marshall. Eli Manning must be licking his lips at the thought.

  17. I have held workshops for adults where I have included a similar discussion. What I tell people is to pursue their passion, even if they don’t make any money at it. If it turns into a money maker, great, but if you truly love it, you would do it for free.

    A great book that you might want to read is “The Icarus Deception”, by Seth Godin. That book really changed a lot for me.
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  18. Unfortunately I can’t claim that I’m passionate about my career, it could be because of burn out, and the need to step away and recharge my batteries for a bit. I guess I’ll be testing that out in a few years once I pull the chute on early retirement. In the meantime I’m experimenting with blogging (like you) and personal finance/travel to see if that will light a spark.
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    • Thanks for sharing Max Your Freedom!!! It’s definitely fun to experiment and see what sticks and what doesn’t. A travel blog would be super fun as well. I wouldn’t mind getting paid to travel the world.

  19. I am off the charts introverted. I have a lot of friends and am very social, but it simply wears me out. I need my time to recharge by spending time alone. It just so happens that i married an extrovert.

    • When I married my wife I thought she was an extrovert. Turns out she can go either way depending on her mood. So some days I have an introvert wife and then others she wants to hang out with a million people. So I have the best of both worlds 🙂

  20. I very much like your perspective, and it seems like we’re all a whole bunch of introverts around these parts. I feel like I can manage in socially “challenging” situations with new people, but it’s extremely draining, so I’m absolutely in the same boat as you.

    In terms of pursuing my passion, I don’t think that I can say that I am. I work in corporate finance, and I find it interesting, sure, but passion would definitely be a stretch. I find personal finance more interesting, but I wonder if I would end up feeling the same about that if I ended up making it my work. I’m not sure I’m willing to find out!

    • Thanks for sharing Lars-Christian!!! I definitely wonder about that from time to time. Will the grass really be greener or will have tend to wish that I had kept these area of my life separate. Definitely a struggle but hopefully one that becomes clearer in the next couple of years.

  21. It’s one things I always think about. I love what I do, but hate the seasonality of it.
    Being a landscaper has amazing benefits, free tan, great workout, work outside (which can be a negative) and the job is really rewarding. ie come in and create ponds with waterfalls etc. There is downfalls as well the one season I want the most time off I cant really have it. Summer! haha no cottage for me at the moment. I really have found a passion in finance like you have. I think the world would be a better place if everyone was educated about money. There would be definally more giving, less divorces and less dependence on the government. I always think about switching careers to help people eliminate their debt.

    • That’s awesome that you love your job so much. It’s too bad you can’t have a never ending summer and just travel to a “summer” spot in the Southern hemisphere to maximize your time off 🙂

  22. I like my job, but my job has its’ up and down. The cool thing about my job is that I get to travel almost anywhere thanks to our company’s travel policy. The downside is how many hours we have to work in a day, which can range from 8-16 hours. I’m not ever sure if I would love my job and I’d say I have more of a love/hate relationship with it.
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    • Thanks for sharing!!! I don’t know that I could handle an 8-16 variable shift like that. That would be really tough. I really like working my straight 8 and going home to my family 🙂

  23. I’m not an introvert and I like my day job, but I also have found that I enjoy taking the time to think and write. I need to process ideas by communicating about them somehow, and my wife (more introverted) gets tired of my blabbing, so blogging is a better outlet, ha ha.

    I have mixed feelings about passion and work. On the one hand, working on a topic that elicits passion can make the work seem fun. Awesome. On the other hand, the farm boy part of me feels satisfied with hard work even if the work stinks. I guess the other part of it is that I’ve found work becomes more interesting when you’ve paid some dues and developed a level of competence, even if you didn’t enjoy the process at first.

    Much to think about — good topic! –R
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    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing Rich!!! There is definitely something said about the journey to develop your competence. Although I have to admit it is a lot of fun when you discover you’re good at something right away too 🙂

  24. A job is just a means to an end for me. They worked me too hard at my last job so I quit and went to my current job of six years. Although pay is insanely better here, the workload has been creeping up.

    At 40, work is a young man’s game. Time to leave it for the next generation and retire.

    • Thanks for sharing!!! I am really hoping to avoid a just a job scenario. I really want to have something I am slightly more passionate about which I hope this new job will fulfill 🙂

  25. Man it seems like there are a lot of introverts and accountants here! add me to the list! I wouldn’t call my current job as an accountant in the Oil & Gas Industry my passion, but rather a stepping stone to get me to the point where I can pursue them full time. That said, I do enjoy my job and I have great coworkers.

    I’m totally with you on the NFL Draft, I view it as one of the best sporting events of the year. What did you think of the combine this past week and what are your Redskins looking at in this years draft? I’m a Texans fan so as usual we are looking for a QB. Yall need to quit toying around with Kirk Cousins and lock him up long term. Dude is legit.

    • The past week as a Redskins fan has been really tough. They fired a real GM, conflicting stories on why, both free agent WRs left, the QB asked the owner for a trade. It’s a dumpster fire over there.

      I was originally hoping that John Ross would be available since I thought that Desean Jackson was going to be gone. But he blew up at the combine so I have a feeling he’ll be gone before they have a chance to pick him.

      I really hope they take best player available whoever that is b/c they can use it anywhere. Ideally it’d be a dlineman like Charles Harris with a non-stop motor but we’ll see.

      What about the Texans? Are they going all in on Romo?

  26. I also have a similar personality but when it comes to things I’m passionate about…probably can’t shut me up. I’ve been thinking about the same thing…if only things I’m passionate about could pay the bills! If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.
    I agree with Stafford’s comment…what are they doing with Cousins?? No he’s not an elite QB but he’s in the top 10. Those aren’t easy to find…you don’t want to be those other teams that never have a competent QB. And an elite QB isn’t necessary to win the Super Bowl…but a good one is. The organization seems to be in disarray…the GM has been MIA (maybe you can put in your resume =)
    PS: I’m a Giants fan. We need to fix the O-line and get a RB and I’ll be happy!

    • The Redskins are a dumpster fire right now. I have no idea what they are thinking by firing the GM and the beat reporters are killing the front office and from what I hear it’s hurting the hunt for free agents. If they can’t sign Cousins to a long term deal, and really why would he want to sign with how things are currently going. I imagine that it’s going to be awhile before they get good again.

      The NYG look like they’ve had a good offseason so far. Looks like they’re making a final push with their Eli window.

  27. Personally I’m a Packers fan but the Redskins are my secondary team from living near Fredericksburg during my high school and college years. It’d be nice to see Snyder go as well, too much micromanaging in all the wrong areas. I am glad that Washington does finally have a competitive team again & hope they can beat Dallas both times next season.

    Besides personal finance, I’d probably say history makes me an extrovert.
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  28. I feel ya MSM. It takes me a while to warm up to new situations and people. When I started my job a few years ago, some people thought I was super quiet. But as I became more comfortable in my surroundings and started figuring people out, I started to have a lot more daily conversations with people at work. Sometimes it just takes me a while.

    Like you I’m passionate about money and sports. I could talk about my alma mater’s football and basketball teams all day, along with MLB. So having a blog where I discuss personal finance is very rewarding to me as it’s one of my top 3 passions.
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    • Thanks for sharing Go Finance Yourself!!! I too am a slow starter but over time I feel like I warm up and really show my personality. I am trying to do a better job of that in my new job so we’ll see how I do 🙂

  29. I’m with you on the introvert, awkward around new people thing. I watch with envy when a social butterfly flits effortlessly across the room engaging strangers in what looks like fun, lively conversations.It is like watching a magic trick – it fills me with wonder and I have no idea how to do it myself.
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  30. Wow, this is a really tough choice. I am currently in a situation where I would love to pursue my passion in Real Estate and Personal finance, but the money that I’ll be making is very unpredictable (I may succeed or fail terribly). This is the predicament that I am in as I am currently employed in full time job where I make very decent money and have really good work and live balance. Somehow, I passion is elsewhere.

    Thanks for this post. I really need to do some self reflection. Do I choose money or happiness and passion?
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    • I think that is always the question. Which do we care more about money or passion? When I was younger I cared more about making the money. Now that I’m older I definitely think about pursuing my passion more often.

  31. I feel ya on the challenges of getting comfortable in new jobs and towns and all that jazz. I’m bracing for a big transition when we potentially move; I am so awkward meeting new people! Both Mr. COD and I are introverted, which can be dangerous as we end up just hanging out at home most nights instead of getting social. We’ll have to be deliberate about building friendships and community wherever we end up. As far as passion in work goes, he and I are both following that more now. He’s interviewing for teaching positions and I’m pursuing freelance writing and editing! I’m fortunate in that I can take this sabbatical of sorts from full-time work to stay home with kids and pursue freelancing on the side. Who knows, maybe the next two years will lead to my actually making a freelance living! That’s my hope, anyway. Thanks for the honesty in your writing!
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    • Thanks for sharing Mrs. COD!!! Moving is a huge event and definitely can be scary as an introvert. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for years and feel like I’m just starting to get to know the neighbors. I dread having to start all over again.

      Good luck in your pursuing your passion in your new fields!!!

  32. I really enjoyed this post. I am in the process of starting my own personal finance blog, and I am having some of the same feelings about getting started that you described. I really enjoy personal finance, and I also enjoy helping people, and I’m hoping by starting a personal finance blog I can do something I am passionate about as well as helping others by sharing what I’ve learned. Unfortunately life is finite, and we are never sure how long we will be here. If you have a passion for something, I say go for it!

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