I agree that the passionate things can change over years. When I decided to have a career in academic, I was very passionate about it, and spent endless days and nights without ever thinking about compensation. But that started to change about 10 years ago, now, I am really working for the money, even that is not very much in need as I am financially independent.lightheir wrote: ↑Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:11 amI've heard this trite saying a million times, but it's totally unrealistic for the vast majority of individuals.sperry8 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:22 amI lost my motivation to "work". But that's because my sole reason for work was money. Once attained, the reason was removed and thus what was left was "work" without reason and who is motivated to do that?
For those that say they haven't lost their motivation, they likely had an alternate reason for their "work". Passion. Fun. Etc. If you're doing "work" for those reasons whether or not your are paid is less relevant to you so your motivation remains.
Thus you have the answer... go do things you find fun or are passionate about. Motivation is no problem there. Don't bother with things you were solely doing for money after you achieve FI. No point anymore, you ended the reason.
And honestly, even if I did do the one thing I was totally passionate about, that thing changes, and might not be the thing I was so passionate about a few years down the road. Priorities in life change. I enjoy my job now, but for sure, there are many moments where I am glad I chose a field where the compensation or benefits or even lifestyle was good enough to ride out the rough-motivation patches where I actually did NOT want to be there.
Maybe motivation is not the right word, as money can be a motivation for working. When I started this thread, I used "motivation" to mean something that you would like to do with more than making money. But it does not mean the thing you would like to do for free.