As someone interested in financial independence I’ve pretty much always done things for the money, at least that was the plan, do it for the money now so that I don’t have to do it for the money later.
But on Friday I read a short illustrated book called Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. In it there is Gaiman’s famous Make Good Art speech, part of which says:
“… And I decided that I would do my best in future not to write books just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.”
And it really struck me, having done projects that failed and aren’t making much money it doesn’t feel great.
And it happens that if you’re doing it for the money then you’re focus probably isn’t on helping anyone, and if you’re not helping anyone they’re not going to give you any money. Entrepreneurs solve problems for people, and in exchange for solving those problems people give them money.
If the focus is not on making money I suspect that will actually help make you MORE money because your focus is on producing something of quality that really helps people.
And if I’m wrong? At least I’ll have work I’m proud of.