Yesterday as I went home from two client meetings and one pitch, and it was raining, I thought about what had gotten me here.
What was the status of my attempts at making money, and making money in a way that is more passionate and maybe even purposeful?
It is so-so.
My webdesign business is certainly one step up on the ladder if we talk about doing something I am passionate about, although ‘passion’ is not the right word. It is just … better. I get to use more of my skills, meet more people to help.
I don’t earn that well yet, but that’s because I don’t have a real large network of clients yet. Usually leads come from other clients who recommend me. And then a few by way of Google, as my site grows. In a year or two, as both my network and site grow, it will be much easier to get leads, and eventually paying customers. And I will be able, all other things being equal, to set my prices higher.
But right now is a bit like that grey summer-rain day. Not awfully wet or cold, but still not awfully pleasant either. A step up from the cold of winter, though.
I have often thought about what I am trying to achieve in this life on the work-front as an attempt to balance and integrate passion, purpose and profit.
I need to make money, so that’s what I mean by profit. It’s just to get 3 P’s 😉 not because I want to earn a million bucks a month.
Anyway, so far I’ve found that I’m most passionate about storytelling in my live-talks, and then writing and drawing fiction a bit – although my attempts at doing something longer and more regular than novellas have fallen way short.
I find most purpose in doing this – The Blog, where I share my life experiences and which in time will grow to, hopefully, 14012 shares – if I don’t die before 2055. I feel this is truly the most purposeful I can do, if only I can get it out to more people.
So far I haven’t really had the wherewithal to market The Blog, which means I have no readers except a few here and there. But I suppose when business goes better and the baby grows up I will find more time, and then I will have more to market. Since this is not a business I need to earn money from ‘soon’, I also think time is on my side.
I’ve fretted a lot in earlier months about no one reading this blog yet, but now I feel more calm about it. I can wait and then in some years make an all-out effort, when the rest of my life allows it. For example, pick up my vow to comment on other peoples’ blogs once per day …
Then there is profit, which is almost exclusively made now through webdesign business, which in turn is low on passion and purpose. A bit higher than previous things I’ve done to earn money, but certainly not on par with The Blog (purpose) or even writing a novella (passion).
These days you can still find many courses and coaching-offers on the Net that posits that you can and should combine all three – passion, purpose and profit – in one single endeavor. ‘Make money from your passion’ etc. I’ve tried some of those ways and fallen for others, and I won’t rule out it is possible for a perfect combination. I suppose making a living from my live-talks, which are also about the lessons we can apply to our lives from reading bios of historical persons, would qualify …
But more often than not, for my own life at least, I’ve found that I need to balance the PPP, not try to force it into one place or activity. One thing I do is what I am most passionate about, work-wise. Another contains the most purpose. Another the most profit. Each contain a little bit of the other, but they are separate.
Will it change in the future? I want it to, honestly. But for now it seems like I have to strike a balance, and learn to strike it better every day. Like most other humans.