Dream Big or Sell Out: The False Choice
Do you believe you have to choose between following your passion and paying the bills? Do you see your choices as:
A) Get a stable job that provides financial security; but give up on being a force for good (or try to do it in your spare time)
B) Follow your dreams, do what you love, and change the world; but live on a shoestring and never know how you’re going to pay the bills?
For a long time, those have been the two options we’ve been offered. Good job vs. idealism. Security vs. fulfillment. You can take a stable but uninspiring position with a big company or a branch of government and know that your salary, benefits, and pension are assured. Or you can forgo big paycheques and job security to scrape by as a passionate charity worker or small entrepreneur who pursues noble goals.
Guess where offering people those two choices, and only those two choices, will get us as a society?
We’ll have powerful, well-funded organizations like corporations and governments full of passionless drones who punch the clock, collect their pay, and avoid investing any drive or initiative into their work. And we’ll have a whole other sector of overworked, underpaid, under-resourced, passionate people in various stages of burnout trying to make a difference with little success because all the power lies largely in the hands of the well-funded, bloodless, drone-filled corporate and governmental organizations.
Not a pretty picture. Which is why we need to re-frame this choice. It’s not about the stable job vs. the chance to make a difference. It’s about taking our determination to make a difference into every corner of society and economy, and sticking to our guns even when it gets difficult and there’s no map to follow.
We need do gooders everywhere.