“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
– Alan Watts
Yesterday my second challenge paid off in a way I would have never expected. I got hired to do some web design for a local business. Six months ago I couldn’t have imaged earning money by making websites. Even when I started to learn programing, back in February, I never thought I’d make money at it. I just wanted to have fun and learn something new.
On my way home from the job I had an epiphany: as long as you do something you’ll be successful. It doesn’t matter how stupid or abstract your hobby is, people will still pay for it.
Do you like lifting weights?
Between personal trainers and fitness authors, there are millions of people who earn a living from their passion for exercise. Men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Rippetoe have built empires off their love of the iron.
Do you like picking up girls?
Eben Pagan, better known as David DeAngelo, holds an all-time earning of 134 million dollars from his Double Your Dating franchise. Other pickup coaches, like Owen Cook and Neil Strauss, aren’t hurting either.
Do you like doing drugs?
Hunter S. Thompson, Seth Rogen, Terence McKenna, Wiz Khalifa, and every 60’s rock band; have all turned their love of getting high into a lucrative business. I don’t recommend developing a heroin addiction in hopes that you can monetize it, but I think that an eBook or blog about drug fueled adventures has potential.
Do you like telling jokes?
If you’re funny, the world is yours. George Carlin has been immortalized as an almost god-like figure, all because he could make people laugh. Even if you don’t want to do stand up, you can still profit off your sense of humor through writing or voice work.
If you have a passion, pursuit it. There are a million ways to make a living. Most of them don’t involve pushing papers around a cubical.
P.S. For those wondering, I liked Python so much that I decided to start learning several other languages as well. HTML and CSS being one of them.