In my article about Money and Happiness, I quoted an interview with Tiny Wings creator Andreas Illiger. There he was asked about what he would like to be doing in five years. His answer was: “I live my passion and never want to do something else, so I would like to do the same thing I do now.”

As it turns out, it’s a common attitude among creative people. They live their passion and don’t want to do anything else, even when they have a lot of money.

I found two more good examples recently.

The first one is John Carmack, the man behind popular games such as Doom and Quake. In Masters of Doom, the author (David Kushner) wrote this about Carmack:

He was doing what he had always wanted to do: code games… If he could be here working on games with enough money for food and shelter, that was good enough for him.

There were similar statements throughout the book. They underline the fact that Carmack cared about one thing above virtually all else: making games. The main purpose of making money for him is to allow him to keep making games.

The second example I found is Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, a currently popular game. He loves making games, but he also knows that not all of them will be a commercial success. So what does he do? Here is what he said in an interview:

“We are definitely just trying to pile up as much money as possible with Minecraft so we can keep making games even if there are no true successors. I kind of see this a little bit like my hobby: just being able to just work on games and not have too much external pressure that (those games) have to make money or whatever.”

Interesting, isn’t it? The reason he wants to make money from Minecraft is to allow him to keep making games without having to worry about their commercial success.

We can find a pattern from these examples. These people already live their dream lifestyle. They don’t want to live a different life. And guess what? Their dream lifestyle has nothing to do with material possessions. Instead, it’s about living their passion. It’s about pouring out their heart into something they love. Yes, they still need money, but the reason might not be what we expect: it’s to allow them to keep doing what they’ve been doing. The work itself is the reward, not status or material possessions.

What do you think? What experience do you have related to this?

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