“Follow your passion” is like the golden mantra today. It’s all over the place. Everyone says that. But the question is, is it beneficial?

Not so long ago, I liked photography so much that I saved up some money and bought myself a DSLR camera and a 50mm prime lens.

It was amusing at the beginning. I would spend hours taking photos of absolutely anything I found interesting. I was hooked. I loved the feeling.

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I even bought a copy of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to up my photography game by giving my photos a “pro” touch.

Impressed by my own photo editing skills, I uploaded a few of my shots on Creative Market. And, voila! I got my first sale within a couple of days.

Making money from something I loved doing, that’s the ultimate goal, right? I had unlocked the most significant level in the game called life.

The more I clicked, the more I started selling my photos. I even started thinking about how to make my photos appear appealing to potential stock photography buyers.

I guess that’s where it all started crumbling.

I went from being a hobbyist photographer to being a stock photographer. I lost my personal touch.

Taking photos and editing them turned from being a playful and relaxing experience to just another tedious work.

Investors look at a hockey stick growth curve to define success. I was going a full upside down hockey stick curve on my level of enthusiasm with photography.

After a few more months, I gave up. I tucked away my camera and cancelled my Lightroom subscription.

I’ve successfully decimated one of my passions trying to make money out of it.

Nowadays, I prefer taking photos on my cell phone mainly because I’m not going to try to sell a snap taken from a cell phone. However, I do hope to regain my love for photography with a professional camera.

As I read from a book called Company of One by Paul Jarvis, passion and purpose are different.

Try forming a passion out of what you’re most skilled to do. It’s easier to make money when you use your skills rather than trying with something experimental.

Keep your passions out of the expectation of making money and at just being a relaxing gateway to your everyday life. It’s something you would do to cool down after a day’s hard work. 😌

What do you think?