Is it possible to do both? Well, of course, anyone would quickly say. There’s always a way to turn your passion into income, right? Right?
Well, eventually, yes. But what about the beginning? If you’re graduating from an undergraduate business school and you consciously have to work your way towards working at a major consulting or banking company such as Pricewaterhouse or JP Morgan, would it be silly to pass that up? Especially considering the salary? I mean, no one out of college sees money like that so quickly in almost any other position unless they start a tech company and hit it big, which happens. But that’s not one of my options.
Part of the issue is that I don’t exactly know what I want to do. All I know is that as long as there’s positive social impact, it’s better than anything else I could be doing at JPM or PWC but….probably pays half as much.
It’s a nice thought to imagine that when you graduate you’ll have no financial burdens or struggles and can live on your own independently, maybe even be able to help your parents out. At the same time, you will regret your decisions to go after money if you’re doing things that you dislike and don’t help or impact anyone positively except the company you’re working for.
It’s a battle, an internal struggle that at the end of the thought process, you choose passion and social impact. Why? Because money won’t make life worth living. And if passion won’t help you generate income, maybe you just need a clever financial investor on your side so the little money you do get goes to the right place at the right time.