What Would You Do If Money Wasn’t an Issue?

What would you do if money wasn’t an issue? If, somehow, you miraculously came into wealth that would last for generations, and you didn’t need to be employed, what would you do with your time? This question doesn’t only apply to career, but you can ask yourself the same question about your life in general. I was asked this question by a friend and colleague, and it startled me. After some umming and aahhring; I finally came to an answer: I would want to give back. I would want to reach out to young girls in rural areas and impart my wisdom with them. I would want to equip these girls with “hard” and “soft” skills that they need to make a reasonable success of their lives. I would put all my energy into this pursuit. What would you do?

I have come across many young professionals, who, by worldly standards are high achievers, but when I speak to them, I discover that they are not happy in their careers. I’m talking about specialised doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants and the likes. Now, we all have to do things that we dislike in our jobs and careers from time to time; that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about being entirely unhappy with almost every aspect of one’s occupation, except with the chunky salary of course. I have asked some of my friends who find themselves in this predicament: What would you do if money wasn’t an issue? The responses I get span from travel the world, be a housewife and stay-at-home mom, own my own business, be a motivational speaker, to be a photographer, make art, and just relax. 

I ask this question because I’ve started mentoring a young girl in Grade 11 who is faced with a tough life decision; career choice. Because her family is not in wealth, she needs to secure employment in future, so she needs to decide what vocation to pursue. And she is not having the easiest time deciding. It really is a difficult decision for a young girl to consider. And, typically when faced with this decision, a lot of young people think about money; what job or career will pay them well. And this is how she’s been approaching it. When she told me about the career she’s considering, I asked her if she knew that in years to come that profession will almost be redundant because technology companies are continuously developing software that is already doing some of that work better and cheaper than human labour? She was shocked.

It’s a misconception that you can only find stability and make money from certain “professional” careers; you know, careers that require you to attend the best universities and work painstakingly hard to obtain your degree. That is not true. You can make a success of any career, even if you are the first one to pursue it. This couldn’t be truer with the advances in and adoption of technology that we see today. And if you’re not sure this is true, than look around at some of the most successful business people in your country and in the world. They’re most likely aren’t lawyers, doctors or accountants. They may have started that way but went on to pursue their true passions. They are dreamers and believers.

If you’re in a position where you need to make a decision about what career to chase, or if you’re considering changing your career in pursuit of a more fulfilling path, ask yourself what you would do if money wasn’t an issue. That’s where your heart is, and that’s where you can have the biggest impact, and even make more money than you ever imagined possible. Do what you love, and give it your all!

Wishing you all the best in your pursuits.