Okie dokie folks……I’ve got a topic that I’m uber passionate about. In fact, my opinion on this topic is something that a lot of people are going to agree with and, at the same time, severely disagree with.
One of my biggest beliefs in life is that your number 1 priority in life (behind spiritual belief depending on what you believe in) is to provide for your family. A lot of people in the world will tell you to follow your passion. Many will recommend you to go to college and just study whatever it is that you’re passionate about. Many people will strongly suggest that if you love sports, pursue a career in sports. If you love psychology, pursue a career is psychology. If you love to lift weights and exercise, pursue a bodybuilding career. If you love to perform music, you should perform music. I think that this mindset is a little overrated and in a lot of cases is strongly misguided.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with pursuing your passions. In fact, I strongly encourage everyone to pursue their passions. However, the caveat to pursuing your passion should always be your family. You should pursue your passion in a way such that your family’s financial future can be accommodated. I think a lot of people have these priorities flipped. A lot of people want to vigorously pursue their passions first, whether it be a particular field of study or a specific career, and then somehow figure out a way to provide for their family.
A lot of people talk about their dreams and goals. They’ll say things like “I want to be a doctor!” Or “I want to be a politician!” Or “I want to work in HR!” Why is it that so few people say, “I want to provide a better life for my family!”? At the end of the day, we all live to pursue a life of love. We’re either giving love or receiving love. That reciprocal dynamic of love is what remains with us throughout our lifetime.
In my opinion, our ultimate goal in life should be to provide for our families. Even if you’re not married or don’t have kids, you still should have a sense of responsibility to provide for your other family members like your parents or brothers and sisters. The only exception to this concept would be if your parents were already really wealthy and didn’t need your financial support, which is very seldom in the case of most families.
Obviously, the ideal situation is to create financial stability in an endeavor that you’re passionate about so that you can provide for your family. But in a world where economical demands dictate which sectors provide the most income, pursuing a passion while getting a good paycheck can be difficult to do. That’s why I encourage everyone’s number 1 passion to not be music, medicine, sports, engineering, or any other field of endeavor. Your number 1 passion should be to provide for your family. If your family’s needs are being adequately met or in the process of being met, then in my opinion, you’ve earned the right to pursue as many secondary passions as possible!
Watch Andre’s Video below. I think he says it perfectly!