Following my dreams and reporting the news

Most people figure out what they wanted to be in their teen years. Few actually pursued it, either when they realized how much work it was or they made the mistake of settling down too quick with a family. Or they are afraid of stepping out in faith and pursuing it. Sometimes it’s a little of all three.

My dream job was working in the media. I wanted to be a disc jockey at first, because I loved music. I am not much into public speaking, and a slight speech impediment doesn’t help.

During my first and only year at University, I got more into writing. I should have been doing that the previous ten years. Just like I should have stuck with that but chose to try and climb a ladder in retail instead. Not knowing why I was so unhappy at work.

Now I look back on it and realize even if I had dedicated my life to being a journalist, just how corrupt the media is. Truth doesn’t sell well and you have to promote propoganda on either the Left or Right to have a job. It is just like being a doctor, I read an article where a doctor said if he had to do it all over again, he would have chosen a different path just due to the corruption in the healthcare industry.

That’s the benefit of blogging. Although it’s hard to know what is factual on a blog too since many bloggers bend the truth just to get hits. There are a few networks coming up that focus on the positive in the world, such as the Good News Network and Upworthy. You can also write short stories and maybe a column for a newspaper or a magazine.

Your spiritual calling is the same no matter what. You only need a license to be legitimate as far as this system is concerned. The higher purpose is bigger than money.

That is why Jesus said you can’t serve God and money. You know who you are serving by what your end goal is.

Why I may choose not to make a living as a writer

They say poverty is man’s default state. Although this is merely an illusion because man defines poverty by how much money you make. Some people may live well on less money or even have found a way to barter and not be dependent on money at all.

In my case, I seem to default back on my first job in a grocery store. With my experience I still get top pay and quick promotions because I was a department manager before. I have a growing list of resources to pursue freelance writing again, although planning to avoid the content mills since I am not that desperate for a writing job.

The intrinsic value of writing

For me writing is more recreational and therapeutic. If other people benefit from it that that is an added bonus. I do not feel like I have to monetize my talents to be successful. That doesn’t mean I have ruled it out either since I am looking at self-publishing e-books and affiliate marketing with websites, as well as domain flipping.

Your real wealth is your influence. Just because you never monetize it and become rich doesn’t mean you are a failure in life. While money can be a measure of a person’s influence, it is highly possible to be influential and have no money. For example, Jesus is the most influential person in history yet He had no place to lay His head and was undoubtedly poor. I wonder how He would fair today.

Real wealth and real intelligence

I feel fulfilled just writing on my blog even if I don’t get rich off of it.  I can make a lot of money freelancing but I would have to set quotas as to how much content I write a week or per month. If I have to keep a quota, then I may start hating my job and then it would seem less fulfilling and like more of a curse.

I will likely go back into freelance writing again but will probably work on a more passive income. For example, if I average $100-500 for a short article or a little more for a short story, I would only have to sell relatively few in order to live a comfortable lifestyle. Since this would not be a full-time job, I would likely continue to work my day job or start some type of small business to supplement.

There are a lot of opportunities out there. While the majority of the jobs don’t average more than 30 hours a week, many of them do pay a high hourly rate. The workforce is evolving and intelligence is defined as the ability to adapt. All others who cannot adapt just live in fear and preach the end of the world conspiracy theories.