First, Scrabulous is BACK! Now called Wordscraper! I love the universe once more.
From Lifehacker: Research shows that classic career advice—"find a way to get paid to do what you love"—may be way off the mark. The Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam reports that paychecks and pink slips aren't good long-term motivators:
Beliefs about the utility of rewards and punishments in motivating human behavior are deeply ingrained, and most people don't know that more than 100 research studies have shown that motivating people in this manner can have the unintentional effect of undermining their internal drives.
How fascinating is that? I'd say that's very true. I know that in my feelings about my studio, this is a BIG truism. Part of my "mental" problem is dealing with students who don't pay. I start thinking I must suck as a teacher for them to not want to pay me on time. (Which depresses me, deflates my enthusiasm, and then DOES make me a worse teacher, LOL.)
I HATE money being involved in teaching. It's often a conflict of interests, you know? Especially in private teaching.
I've only ever written for money, although at first, I considered it icing on the cake. So writing for money doesn't bother me, although writing for a market that might not pay me HUGELY bothers me, LOL.
In fact, writing is a refuge in that way: as much as I'm determined to write for readers, I am really happy that it's the one thing I don't mind making money at. Does that sound strange?
The money thing didn't "twist" it into something different I wasn't sure I liked. The money thing was always there, so it didn't change things.
But piano and music? I can't tell you how many times I've said I wish I could teach for free. The money mucks things up. I've also wished I could play piano as a hobby again. The money thing totally changes the experience.
Once you do something to pay the bills, you're doing it to pay the bills. You're not doing it for the sheer love of it anymore. It's a responsibility rather than a joy.
I think Star Trek had something when it decided people would work for the joy of it, rather than for money. One of the many reasons I love Star Trek.
What do you think?