Fang Talks

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10 05 12


Hurray, a post with actual content!

Jobs are great. They earn you money which is necessary to come around in society (stupid but hey). And if you’re good at what you like doing, you may just find a job in that. Earn money by doing your hobby, how awesome is that?
There is, however, a drawback to that.

Example time!
You really enjoy gardening, so you study gardening at university (for the lulz) and become a professional gardener. You now get paid to do people’s gardening, and you like that. You make a living off of your hobby. Amazing!
But after a while some whining customers tend to get on your nerves and you get tired of the restrictions laid upon you due to gardening being your job. You associate that negative stuff with something you really like: your hobby.
It isn’t long ’till you no longer see the fun in your job, and thus lose it as a hobby. You’ve basically ruined a perfectly good interest in gardening. You had the skills, too!

This is what I’m a tad bit afraid of. Since I’m planning on making a living off of programming, I want to keep it fun. I do it a lot in my spare time, and have a job as web developer as well. Great fun since it’s nothing too strict, but still earn me a fair share.
I just don’t want it to start feeling tedious. I enjoy doing it, but I don’t really want all the hassle that comes with doing it as a job. Should I give up on that then, or go on and see what happens?

I’ll just plow on regardless of your answers, but I’m interested in your opinions anyway.
~ Fang


  • 15/05/2012 (5:03 PM)

    I think this “getting tired of your passion, because of stupid people that you have to deal with” thing is avoidable. All you have to do is use your mind in ways that wont “clog” your passion… That is where training your mind with stuff like NLP comes in.

  • 12/05/2012 (11:52 AM)

    If you could get a hobby as your job then you’re lucky. You are doing something you enjoy so there’s no reason to laze around doing minimal work or pretend to be sick. You get paid for doing a job you already like. All the negativeness are compensated by money so I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing.

  • 12/05/2012 (12:37 AM)

    I honestly think that it’s the people who are around you that influence how you feel about your job. I’ve had pretty good jobs but hated them cuz the people I work with are bafoons, and rubbish jobs that I’ve loved cuz the people are so great! It makes it easier to work if you have a passion for it :)

  • 11/05/2012 (9:18 AM)

    Could be worse. Could be like me a not really enjoy anything enough to find a “fun” job in it.

  • 11/05/2012 (1:31 AM)

    I’ll worry about those problems if and when I get a job in something I’m interested in. :\

  • 10/05/2012 (11:54 PM)

    I think that when you do a job based on something you enjoy that’s when it becomes a job, and not work. Or so they say. The example of then hating something you used to love because it’s become your job is quite a popular one because it seems to happen a lot. I think if you become some kind of freelance programmer, and keep doing it for fun as well, then you should be safe. Sell your skills, not your soul.

  • G
    10/05/2012 (11:31 PM)

    If it’s really your passion then it’ll never associate negativity with it.
    Personally I’d never do a job I didn’t love….I spent far too many years slugging away in a role that I hated…
    do what you love and be happy…

  • 10/05/2012 (8:16 PM)

    I’m just scared that I won’t be able to do a job well. I had a job before in retail and it didn’t go too well…

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