I love college basketball – therefore you can imagine that I absolutely love this time of year. The kids out there play with so much heart, emotion, and drive, and do not get compensated for it (well, relatively). Sure there’s the possibility that any one of those players may get drafted to play in the NBA – but those chances are slim. Many play for the love of the game, the camaraderie, and loyalty to their school.
Is there anything that you love to do so much that you’re willing not to get paid for it?
For me? That’s easy.
I tutor a kid every week, in a program that gives opportunities to underprivileged kids who come from low-income neighborhoods. I would gladly mentor him everyday to see him succeed. I have also taught classes for undergrads when I was a grad student, and also taught dance. I did get paid for those jobs, but I would have easily done them for free. Admittedly, there is also an ego aspect to teaching, in that I love to get up in front of people and just tell them whatever I know. I also love seeing people make mental and intellectual connections that I helped make possible. I get a huge kick by knowing that I helped someone succeed.
The second would be photography, although I do have plans to monetize that sometime this year. I did photojournalism in college and loved it. Then I learned how develop my own film and make my own prints. There’s nothing like seeing a print materialize before my eyes for the first time in the darkroom. Now own a few too many cameras (see debt) and actually I still shoot film, developing it in my own kitchen. Its something that I love to do, but am finding that it is a huge financial drain, so I’m looking for ways for it to pay for itself.
I also made web design a pretty time consuming hobby with no pay, but now I got my first client. A friend knew I dabbled in web design, and I asked if he would mind if I could offer my services in making him a website. That project is in its early stages, so I still have yet to even make sure that’s going through.
I’d love to hear what your activities are.