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Passion + Time = Money = Happiness

I have a question for you. It’s not about new years resolutions, but it’s close. It’s an end of the year question, and it might be a life changing question for some.

But first…

I’m at my office. It’s Friday evening. It’s dark outside, and I’m all alone. I’m thinking about Christmas, and I’m realizing that I’m writing this short story at the end of 2011, it’s just a few more weeks left of the year. I have been dreaming about money lately. It’s a result of the few weeks before Christmas syndrome; shopping for gifts, watching all the stressed out people and that I’m seeing advertisements everywhere. I even wrote that earning money online can be very easy.

I have been writing a novel for more than a year. I’m still not finished. But, I might get it done before the end of the year. When I write I’m in a different state of mind, it’s like I’m in a completely different world. In this world, I’m in total control. I can do whatever I want to do, and I have as much time as I want, and I have as much money as I want. I am in total control.

I just left my office. I’m walking outside, looking at the people running from store to store with shopping bags in their hands, and I’m thinking about how much I enjoy my dreams. I never analyze my dreams, but dreaming about money is different, and the people I’m looking at seems to be unhappy right now. It seems that they’re unhappy, doing everything they’re expected to do and then some, so they can be happy at Christmas.

That’s when I realize what I want to ask you.

Think about it for a moment, and let’s discuss:

Do you believe that if you have 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to do whatever you want, would you discover your passion, create a business from it, and earn enough money to make a decent living?

Think about it for a few more minutes.

I am eating pizza (again)

I couldn’t help it. As I was watching people walking in and out of stores, I discovered a sign. The sign of a pizza. That was all I really needed. Sometimes all I really need is the smell. I walked inside. I ordered a vegetarian pizza. I started talking to the owners. The restaurant is amazing. The chef is from Italy, his wife is Norwegian, and they are the only two people working there. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is… it’s like watching Sleepless in Seattle and we’re all crying because it’s so darn romantic. The couple is in love, they’re spending all their time together. They’re smiling, they’re passionate. It seems like they have all the time in the world, and the place is packed with people.

And that’s when I realize that I might be on to something, a formula so complex that it’s taken most people a lifetime to understand it.

Passion + Time = Money = Happiness

Is that it?

49 responses to “Passion + Time = Money = Happiness”

  1. Adrienne says:

    Knowing what I know now Jens, absolutely! Even if I had all the money in the world, I would still be doing something. I”m not the kind of person who can just sit at home and do nothing.

    It’s like when my Dad retired years ago. He loved to play golf, I mean loved golf. But after a few months went by he started to get bored with it and realized he needed to do something else so he started his own business.

    I believe that if you do something you’re passionate about, the rest will fall into place. With 2012 coming on our heals, I say go for it, do what you love because we only have one life to live so make it the best you possibly can.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I can’t see myself not blogging or not writing anymore. The older I get, or the more I’ve experienced when it comes to life, the easier things get. I’m not earning more money, but I understand what I want to be doing.

      I used to think that I should write the novel as fast as possible, but then I realized that it’s not about creating something fast, it’s about enjoying the process and being happy doing it. I’m way more happy when things takes more time (doing what I’m passionate about).

      I’ll reveal more about 2012 sometime soon πŸ™‚

  2. Ricci Sionil says:

    Perfect equation to everyone and anything you want to achieve…I love it…Thanks for determining and sharing it…

    • Jens says:

      Hey Ricci,

      Thanks a lot for the feedback. I believe this equation should be more complex, but you get my point and that’s why I wanted to share it πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot for stopping by.

  3. So true Jens!

    However for me the formula may be a little different and may work out as
    Passion + Time = Happiness = Money.

    I look out more for happiness than money and I do notice that when I don’t run after a thing, it comes to me on it’s own- something like the law of attraction πŸ™‚

    However, we do need to devote the much needed time into what we are working for and make it our passion, to achieve the results.

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder πŸ™‚

    • Jens says:

      Hi Harleena,

      YOur formula is a lot better. I should have thought about that one πŸ™‚

      I also look for happiness and not money, but what I thought was that for many people, money sort of equals happiness if they’re doing something they’re passionate about. If you’d asked my mom, she would probably had said that money should be placed before happiness, but you shouldn’t ask her πŸ™‚

      I certainly agree with you and 2012 will be all about this equation πŸ˜‰

    • Heather Smith says:

      agree with you, happiness comes before any monetary gains.

  4. Raj says:

    Passion + Time + Efforts + Investments + Hard work + ….. = Money. Money might be equal to happiness if not for the standard of living game that we are ultimately subject to.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Raj,

      Yes, your equation is more correct. I used a simple version to get people to understand my point. But there are so many other components that should be added to it, and hard work might be the most important. There are no shortcuts.

      Thanks a lot Raj. I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

  5. olatoun-graceny says:

    love the equation,its important to deprive alot of money and happiness from doing what you love doing, i am new at blogging and i love it so much there is no stopping me * wink…. i was able to instal my clicky tracking code… having fun now…

    • Jens says:

      That’s awesome. Passion is very important. To me, blogging used to be more about the numbers and getting high traffic. Now it’s about conversations with real people. Learning from them, and teaching them what I know. That’s so much more fun.

      It’s great that you have installed Clicky. Let me know if you have any questions.

  6. Bill Dorman says:

    Hey Jens, here’s what we had for dinner last night: I had mistakenly told you earlier it was 5-cheese when in actuality it was 6……….:)

    You definitely have to have the passion, because time alone can lead to idle hands. Also, if you have the passion you are more apt to create the time don’t you think?

    But, and it appears simple on the surface, we all know there will be hard work and heavy lifting involved. Some aren’t prepared for that part.

    I think if you can do what you love and be happy the money part will work its way out.

    • Jens says:

      Wow Bill, I’ll be knocking on your door before you can say 6-cheeses!! Sounds awesome.

      Passion is everything. I probably should have started a pizza restaurant, because that seems to be everything I’m talking about.. but I’m probably a lot better eating pizza than making it. On the other hand, I could start niche marketing, and only focus on pizza. I’d be awesome at that πŸ™‚

      • Carolyn says:

        Jens, How about writing a niche blog on pizza? Unless that’s what this blog is. πŸ˜‰

        • Jens says:

          I don’t think that I need a different blog about pizza, it seems that every post I publish on this blog contains the word pizza πŸ™‚

          Well, unless I want to start discussing a pizza with 6-cheeses … I have to ask my local restaurant if they can make that.

    • Carolyn says:

      Wow, Bill, that looks scrumptious! Don’t you love America? The Land of Wretched Excess. πŸ˜€

  7. This was one of the coolest posts I’ve read anywhere in a long, long time Jens. Really buddy, I just loved the little walk through a night in Norway,ending up with a diverse couple, in love, smiling, and making lots of dough (both in pizza and the green stuff πŸ˜‰ )

    Well done my friend!!!


  8. Carolyn says:

    Fascinating question, Jens. I don’t think I could make enough money blogging to earn what our family would need to afford things such as upcoming university tuition, living expenses, etc. If I needed to earn money, I would go back to practicing law. Not as fun or fulfilling as blogging and much more demanding of my time, but much more lucrative.

    I am enjoying blogging and haven’t tried to monetize it yet Maybe someday, but right now my compensation is the happiness my blog brings to me and others.

    I’m looking forward to your announcement about 2012, Jens!

    • Jens says:

      I know enough people who are earning a living from blogging and other activites online, but I absolutely agree with you. It sounds difficult and I have no idea how I’m going to pay off all my debt by blogging. Hopefully my novel will get me some income, but my online activities are just a few hundred dollars a month.

      I didn’t know that you practiced law. You need to tell me more about this sometime soon πŸ™‚

  9. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens,

    I’m with Marcus on this one…

    I got dragged so much into the city story you were describing that got me thinking that what you say couldn’t be any truer.

    So many people out there, rushing to buy stuff to have the feeling of happiness.

    I just got off the phone with my girlfriend.

    She told me she’s going to buy food for her pet (a guinea pig) half an hour before the mall even opens.

    She’s doing that because yesterday was the official last day of school in town so everyone is going to be at the mall buying something.

    What drags my attention is that people here (in Mexico) prefer to have the latest plasma TV instead of having a higher quality of life, like having a fridge with some food inside!

    They may not have anything to eat on a house but you will find it’s full of the latest electronic junk you can think of.

    All which is bought with credit cards being endlessly in debt.

    December is that time when they top their credit cards out and January where they feel miserable for having the job they work at.

    The new bank statements start to arrive with some insane numbers and little by little all those new year promises and plans start falling apart.

    About the blogging part, I sometimes forget it was supposed to be a content hub to show myself to people in the beginning and somehow I have been failing to actually provide great content.

    That’s one of my new 2012 goals.

    Take care and have a great weekend Jens πŸ˜‰


    PS. Man I love pizza, I was almost sniffing it from your scenario haha

    • Jens says:

      Hi Sergio,

      It’s not just Mexico, it’s the same in Norway. I know a lot of people who are buying the big screen TVs and everything you can think of when it comes to electronics, and the huge houses and fancy cars, without even thinking about their happiness. What makes me happy is to have all the time in the world, relax with my family and friends, and write, and look around me at what’s going on in life.

      I love to take long walks and listen to the birds, and watch nature and just think about all sorts of things. I almost never drive.

      When it comes to blogging, I just write what I feel like writing. I don’t think much about it, but I have a specific goal and the goal is that everything I write should be a lesson in marketing. So, I can write about pizza as long as I add a marketing lesson to it. I think that if you have a specific goal, it’s so much more fun to write.

      I’ll visit your blog later today. But first I’m going to attend a rock concert πŸ™‚

  10. julie says:

    great, inspiring blog, i really do think that if you are doing something you feel passionate aabout, everything will fall into place for you, if youre not following your heart then youll me stumbling blocks all the way

    • Jens says:

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks a lot. I absolutely agree. It’s hard to keep working hard to get what you want in life if you’re not passionate about it. But, if you’re passionate, everything will come your way. On the other hand, it’s scary to start your own business, even if you know this πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot for stopping by Julie.

  11. Jens says:

    Thanks a lot for the feedback πŸ™‚

  12. Anna says:

    I agree that the passion and the desire to do what you want to are the leading motivation and the key to succeed. It is not always easy, but if you like what you do , inevitably there will come the moment at which everything will be on its place:)

    • Jens says:

      Hi Anna,

      I absolutely agree. The problem for many people is to just do it, and take action and not just wait for the opportunity. What about you, are you doing what you’re passionate about?

      Thanks a lot for the feedback Anna.

  13. branded items says:

    That story of the restaurant owners is so touching and very romantic. And for that, yeah I can also agree with this formula you got in here. If you really love what you are doing and you’re putting your time on it, then there is absolutely no reason why you should fail. And if you succeed, the profit will then be coming in.:)

  14. sai krishna says:

    hi ,
    first of all your formula is really awesome and its true.your writing style and explanation is really very nice.keep sharing πŸ™‚

  15. julie says:

    great post mate, i loved the little walk through a night in Norway,ending up with a diverse couple, in love, smiling, and making lots of dough (both in pizza and the green stuff )brilliant, keep up the good workk

  16. julie says:

    brilliant post although for me i`d put them in the order of:Passion + Time = Happiness = Money, being self employed doing this is the best no?!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Julie,

      Yes, you can put them in a different order. For instance, I have heard some people say that happiness is what it’s all about, and if you’re happy, everything else will follow. But then again, how do we become happy? πŸ™‚

  17. Loc says:

    Wheen I just started blogging, I blog about things that I didn’t really know or understand but I thought it was what people want to read about. It too a lot of time and energy to write an article because I had to do a lot of research on it.

    Now I blog about stuff that I am passionate about and it shows in my articles. So if you are passionate about something, it doesn’t seem like work at all.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Loc,

      That’s a great example. As soon as we relate things to what we’re passionate about we’ll become a lot better at what we do, and in the end, passion will lead to happiness.

      Thanks a lot for the feedback.

  18. Praveen Rajarao says:

    Jens – I followed you here from Adrienne’s website and this would be my first comment on your awesome site.

    You have a laid out a very true equation above w.r.t. money and passion. It really goes together and i believe that if i pursue my passion and dedicate enough time towards it, money flows by itself. Thanks for bring out these nice thoughts and making me think about my endeavours towards making my life easy and comfortable.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Praveen,

      That’s awesome. Adrienne is brilliant. I believe I have read every single post she’s written on her blog.

      2012 will be all about passion πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot for stopping by. Hope to see you again, sometime soon.

  19. Alicia says:

    I think that’s what we called genuine happiness. If you follow your passion and give time on it, then surely you’ll achieve happiness. You may stumble on the road towards success and achievement but you always have the urge to get up and continue to reach the finish line. This type of happiness is not the kind of happiness that we get when we received our salary. It’s a long term and genuine happiness that no money can buy.

  20. Jac Evans says:

    friend how was yuor novel is are saying that online earn money is very easy but i think it is not.because money can not be get by without any effort.

  21. Jac Evans says:

    money earn is not an easy work as you think.and if we have money it is equal to alot of happines.Because from money we can full fill our desires.

  22. Noah Ava says:

    Your step is very brilliant. Time, money, and energy spent on things I love isn’t wasted.”

  23. CarmelaJones says:

    Nice topic! Well, I can say that these are the colorful wheel in making or holding money in a good way… Brilliant idea’s take us in a sparkle way.

  24. James Corn says:

    I am agree with this post. All of things are interconnected to each other.

  25. says:

    I agree with this equation that passion+time=money. When we have money then we must be happy. We can fulfill oue needs.

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