Chasing P’s – Money or the Dream?

Chasing P’s – Money or the Dream?

Chase the money or chase the dream?

So what do you do when your faced with a choice of doing what you love or doing what you do great.

I myself have always been on the side of following your dream, don’t get me wrong, I’m a dreamer who believes in dreams as reality. But comes a point in a mans life where he realises his dream may not suffice to fill his aspirations. The question is, has his ambition outdone the capacity his dream can handle. Is the cup half full?

So here’s the deal. I’m a designer, I do what I love, I love what i do. I design for the pleasure, creativity, innovation and most importantly, freedom. I’m no Frank Lloyd Wright, nor am I the worst. But I do it well. Give me brief and I will execute it with precision.

Here’s the dilemma, I have skills that do other things well. Actually better than I would say I’m a designer. And these… may fill the cup of ambition to the brim. What could they give me though, promotion, money, ego, power, more money. Is this truly enough?

Money isn’t happiness. I of all people know this far to well, happiness is within. My soul is unbreakable on this particular outlook on life.

So do what you love or do what you excel at. Be great if both were the one and same, in your case they may be, in mine, not. With their vast range of skills I wonder if Renaissance men of old had this dilemma. Did Michelangelo and Da Vinchi follow their dreams or chase the p’s (money in slang talk)?

I’m a believer in finding the job that makes you happy. A job is half your life, why work in misery. I’m a lucky one, when work doesn’t feel like work your in a good place, how many people can truly say that. But when you have that niggle that you have a bigger calling, something you were meant to be, this choice cannot be put to the side.

I do know one thing, I will never chase the money for that alone. Without a molecule of my dream within the foundations of those notes, there is no value in what will be earned. It will be in vain.

Every man makes his own destiny from his actions. My destiny awaits over the horizon.

Jay Karsandas is a freelance designer in web, SEO, print and social media and writes about design, inspiration & philosohy. Also co-founder of gadgets and tech site mwoblog, while you can find him over at e2 community where he acts as author and webmaster.


  1. Kanwaljit Singh Nagra

    September 5th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Nice short article!

    But I now I want to know the other skill you talk about to fill the rest of the cup, hence your ambition :D? Plus what is the ambition? Please enlighten and inspire us! :D

  2. Jay

    September 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hello Mr Nagra

    I will be doing a follow up post to the outcome of my choice, all will be revealed. My other skills lay in the darkside, where they say it sucks the creativity out of a designer. Does one allow this, I would say no. It would be like pulling the heart out of a painting.

    So the correct path would be to choose both dreams and ambition on the same path! I may have to take a leaf out the book of the old masters.

  3. Krupali

    September 5th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    And what about when you need to do what you’re good at to make the money to realise your dreams? I’m not talking about dreams of villas in Spain (although that would be a bonus); more in a sense of earning capital to invest in your dream?

  4. Jay

    September 5th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Now that lady… is sense talking. It may be the rightful course of action to take.

    Now onto the villas in Spain, I’d invest in a Villa in Bermuda. But that’s another story…

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