Here’s the thing. If you’re doing something “just for the money”, it might work for the short term, but you’ve got 3 natural forces working against your personal success.
The first is that there will be someone right next to you doing it “for the passion” and it will be easier for them to out perform you. Net result is that you’ll be passed up for promotions, raises etc and likely end up working for someone who dislikes the fact that you don’t love your job so making the money you want will be even harder.
The second natural force working against you is that you likely start down a slippery slope of making decisions that chip away at your self-esteem, your integrity and your ability to make the money you’re looking for in the first place. It’s tough to be successful when your day is full of decisions on how much money it will take to motivate you to perform tasks you find distasteful. Eventually that “number” gets so high, you can get trapped in a cycle of disfunction and “loserdom” (or “loser dumb”).
The third natural force you fight when you do something “just for the money” is that creating real success is hard work. One ingredient for success and generating big “home run paydays” is passion. If you’re in it “just for the money”, chances are you’re not going to be generating the success you’re looking for and the real “payday” may prove illusive. Think about that for a second. What if you’re doing something “just for the money” and the money never shows up? Ugh, you get the worst of both worlds.
I know that everyone’s situation is different. I can think of a caveat off the top of my head where doing something “just for the money” is a positive thing, at least for the short term. I’ve seen people take a job because they need to pay off big bills, support a family or some other “critical for survival” reason. This is simple to explain. If someone takes a job in order to feed their family, they’re not doing it “just for the money”. They’re doing the responsible thing to be successful in their role as “provider”. That being said, given the choice, I bet they would opt-in to feeding their family by doing something they are passionate about.
Wrapping this up, let me save you some “life time”. My advice, based on 30+ years of personal work experience (not “woo woo” internet pop spirituality/psychology) is to find a way to make money following your passion. “Big money” may or may not come, but at least you will be happy while you’re doing it. Just as important too, you can harness the natural forces of success that come from being passionate about what you do, rather than fight against them.
Life is too short to do the things you hate “just for the money”.
(PS – While finishing this up, I thought of a second caveat. For some people, their top passion is making money. Side-stepping the conversation about morals and ethics, the successful ones are playing a “game” where they funnel their passion for making money into the hard work it takes to be successful at doing so. They never get “down” about doing the hard work because they are internally aligned and focused on winning the money game. If you’re one of those people, hooray for following your passion!)