When the neuroscientist gave up his good salary for early retirement, he told his wife he wanted to be a nature photographer. And so he did. In 2003, sales peaked at more than $1,000.
A special-ed teacher hung up his cleats and started making decorative mobiles. Sales, around $4,000.
The Mystery Woman traded days as a media specialist (that’s library lady to you), for the enjoyment of making educational DVDs. Gross sales, $2,000.
When I started this blog, I secretly dreamed of making more money than Matthew Drudge and Adriana Huffington combined. Ad sales so far, $0. Goose egg.
Full disclosure: I have made thirty bucks as a columnist for a syndicate serving senior newspapers.
The point? Money, albeit welcome, is not the prime motivation.
I can’t speak for others, but I put in a couple hours daily to write this blog for several reasons. For one, I hope it entertains you. For another, I love writing.
Plus, one day it dawned on me – it’s “the doing” that is important. The fun of finding the nuggets of trivia keeps my head in the game. The discipline of hitting a deadline nearly every day gives extra flavor to the morning. Hitting the send button completes something nice. And, if you are keeping count, today’s post is #300.
It helps to have a hustle.