Last summer, I had a traditional internship. I worked at a Fortune 100 company 8-5, Monday - Friday, and it was so not me. People weren't really friendly, they were all super stressed & had plates that were overflowing & as a Public Relations major at Butler, I did not enjoy all the number crunching and excel spreadsheet work I had to do.
I left work crying a lot of days.
I feel like I have a lot of gifts and none of them were being used in that position. However, the money was great, and if they would have needed me in a communications role this summer, I would have gone back and done the same thing again just for the money.
But they didn't re-hire me & what a blessing that was.
It was a blessing, because I realized how much more important it is to do something I love than to chase money.
and you know what else happened? While doing what I love, I've made almost one-and-a-half-times what I made at that internship last summer.
I never dreamed it was possible.
When I didn't get re-hired at that internship for the summer, I decided I would just do my best to rock-out at my photography business. People were skeptical, but I knew I could do it with a lot of work. Also, I worked really hard to get the perfect summer internship writing blog posts for a PR company in Indianapolis for which I could work from home. I got it.
Now, I make my own schedule & I make money, good money, by doing what I love: photography & writing.
I got to go on a two-week vacation, because I make my own schedule & I had the means to do it. I get to have lunch with friends when I want to and take the day off to go to the lake when I want to too.
But I bust ass sometimes.
Sometimes I'm working until the wee hours of the morning, or I start at the wee hours in the morning. If I mess up, it's my whole business' reputation ... messing up isn't a joke - it falls on my shoulders.
But you know what, it doesn't matter if I'm working in the early morning when I'm doing what I love. It doesn't matter if I have to miss an event for a shoot, because I'm doing what I love successfully.
So what am I saying? Don't give up on your dreams because they're scary.
Doing what you love is so much more important than chasing money & when you do what you love well, the money will come.