Summary of The Myths and Realities of 'Doing What You Love'

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The Myths and Realities of 'Doing What You Love' summary
What does “doing what you love” mean practically?


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Is it possible to turn your passion into a career? In this article, Trent Hamm argues that, yes, it is possible – but it’s not easy: You will still have to work hard, and some parts of your job will always be tedious. Hamm, who founded the personal finance site The Simple Dollar, shares his own experience merging passion and a career and offers insights about the joys and difficulties involved in pursuing your personal dream job. getAbstract recommends his sober perspective and helpful advice if you are toying with the idea of turning your passion into your career.


In this summary, you will learn

  • Why making a career “doing what you love” is difficult, 
  • Why loving your job has its limits and
  • Why pursuing a passion as a “side gig” first is preferable.


Many people wonder which criteria should determine their career choices: Should one’s passion or financial success be the determining factor?

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About the Author

Trent Hamm is the founder of and a contributor to The Simple Dollar, which provides resources and tools to make informed financial decisions.

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