I was inspired to write this post after reading another post about someone who felt like they were waiting for something they were passionate enough about to build. I related to a reasonable extent because for a long time I've felt like if I could come up with an idea that I was passionate enough about I could see it through. However as I thought more about it, I realized that I have actually built plenty of things that I was passionate about. I've written a book and released a couple of games, but none of these projects really made any money. And I can't help but wonder if that is because my interests/passion just don't really mesh well with making money?
Part of it is also that I tend to jump around between too many things, though I have gotten better about that by making a pact with myself that if I'm going to start something new I need to see it through. I've been doing that with my blog which is the only ongoing project I have at the moment, but I keep wondering if I would be better off building a product. I have enough skills that I think I could build quite a range of products, because I have worked professionally as a web developer for over 4 years.
I have this creative side of me that is very unsatisfied with the technical work in my day job, so a lot of my side projects end up being focused on getting my creative fix rather than making any income. But at the same time I think that BECAUSE I am dissatisfied with my day job, the better investment of my free time would be making a product that could free me from my day job forever.
If we treat my dissatisfaction with my day job as a hole in the boat, I am basically just trying to remove water with a bucket when I use my free time to express myself creatively. What would actually fix the boat would be to build a product that would give me reliable passive income. BUT then when I focus on the money, I lose the passion. I can't figure out how I can have enough of both to actually see something through that makes revenue.