Which is More Important – The Paycheck or The Passion to Do Something Meaningful?

by Debbie Ruston, Featured Contributor

Regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, having a sense of purpose is worth more than any monetary rewards. Very often a person that is struggling to pay the bills will argue with this fact, and feel that those that have become financially successful don’t passionunderstand their situation. They have bills, they have deadlines, they can’t take risks, they need this and that. Those that are struggling believe that money is the driving force and if and when they become successful then they will stop worrying about the money.

Those that have created financial success work from a far different mindset. They get up each day believing what they do makes a difference. They don’t start their day thinking about making money and paying the bills. They go out on a limb, working on projects that fulfill them. They are not afraid to risk doing something new and innovative. They are willing to fail, make mistakes and continue to learn and grow.  They are far more committed to the vision and the work they do than the paycheck.  Very often they have started their work with nothing but an idea….they are working off the kitchen table, or a card table, or a dorm room.   When you take the time to learn about the thinking of this type of individual, you realize that the money came AFTER.  Many great examples of financial success were driven to create something meaningful before they ever made a dime. The reason they have  created financial success is they followed their passion doing work that fulfills them, and provides something of value to society. This thinking was present far before they ever made their fortunes. THIS is the key that so many miss.


Debbie Ruston
Debbie Ruston
ENTREPRENEUR, International Trainer, Visionary Leader – Debbie has been a successful entrepreneur, since 1986 and believes in taking an active stand for true human potential. As the owner of The Success Educator, Debbie has spent her career helping individuals discover their limitations and overcome them and assists people globally in starting their own businesses. She also has a personal passion for education reform and providing youth the knowledge required to succeed in today's changed world.

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  1. What else is there to say here? In my view, what Debbie Ruston wrote here reveals to us, clearly, the crux of the matter. Instead of trying to go after the money, instead of trying to track it down, we should let the money find us as a consequence of what we do. And there’s only one way to do so: to have a Purpose. A Purpose that fulfills you, and creates something meaningful that has a major impact on others. At that point, money is a consequence. An inevitable consequence. Trust me please, I know what I’m talking about… Debbie is right… “THIS is the key that so many miss” – Thank you

  2. Thanks for the feedback Steve. In business, very often there is that monetary reward. This is a strong distinction between putting your heart into something you love, and just showing up for the paycheck. You will always perform better, and when performance is at the maximum, in business that usually results in monetary rewards as well….

  3. Well done Debbie.
    Once the passion is gone for business we also lose our purpose and direction towards our goal. As you said, much has been created just on the passion to develop or achieve what has not been achieved before. Those who strive for a goal are single-minded in their quest to make it happen.

    If they are fortunate enough to reap monetary rewards for it as well…then that’s a great bonus.