“Do what you love and the money will follow”
“Have three hobbies. One for money, one for physical health, and one for creativity.”
“If you find your favorite hobby, turn it into a job and then you will never work again.”

There are more like these, but I believe you get the point. My point is that it doesn’t work like that. Turning your hobby, something you love doing, into a craft; a job; an occupation, isn’t the best idea for everyone. It can destroy that hobby for you, even in ways you didn’t imagine. I’ve experienced this on multiple occasions. Maybe it’s just me.

I started out as a graphical designer. I would spend most my time just trying out concepts and techniques, designing websites, graphical profiles, logos, and just art in general. Then I became the go-to guy for such things. People wanted me to do their art-stuff, sometimes with compensation, sometimes without. It stopped being something I did because I liked doing it and it turned into a chore, and so I lost interest. I actually tried applying for jobs, but I wasn’t specialized enough to get a job based on my portfolio, and I had no formal education.

I later became interested in photography and started shooting pictures in night clubs and similar gigs. As the DSLR cameras started embracing video functionality I got into producing video reports and what’s called “aftermovie”. This too grew and I was asked from many sides if I could make a video for an event or something similar. It got to the point that I created a company and tried to offer it as a service. That’s also when the requests stopped. Funny how people shy away from asking for something if they know it costs money. I never tried to rely on that endeavour as a main source of income, so it didn’t affect me much. But my passion had yet again become a chore and I no longer found any joy in it anymore.

Submission Wrestling: Armbar

Young grappler pulling an armbar on his opponent during a competition.

In my final example I’m going to show that money doesn’t have to be a factor, just that you move something you enjoy for fun into a more serious sphere. I’ve been doing grappling, submission wrestling, for a few years and I always said that I didn’t want to compete. Whenever I was asked I just replied that I didn’t want to, because that would change it to a serious activity instead of just something I enjoyed doing just because I enjoyed it. I was perfectly happy just practicing and attending sparring camps, where nothing was on the line and there was no competition, just friendly sparring. Which in grappling is great in the manner that you can spar at full capacity, you don’t have to hold back so as not to hurt your opponent. Yes, when you get a choke or armbar and stuff like that you stop yourself from pulling the technique fully, as to not injure someone, but the wrestling aspect of it you can go all out on. But eventually I was talked into competing. Suddenly I was not practicing for my own enjoyment, I was practicing to perform at a tournament. I had to make weight and up how serious I thought about practice.
About a year later I stopped practicing due to my schedule not working out. But when that sorted itself out and I went back to practice I didn’t stick with it. I didn’t want to compete again, and if I was doing it without a goal the whole thing seemed pointless. The joy I once had felt by just doing the activity had disappeared.

But I’m also going to give you and example that’s not so horrible. Along with my experimenting with webdesign I also got into webdevelopment; coding, databases, servers and all that junk. That is something I managed to turn into a profession that I’m very happy with, What has happened is that I stopped doing it in my spare time and my inspiration for experimentation is satiated during working hours.

Then again, this site came to be, and it required some free hours to put together, so maybe not all is lost.